Ed Rendell to Occupy Wall Street protesters: Go home

posted at 6:26 pm on October 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

Hark, the sound of the Democratic machine politician trying to channel frustrated hippies into volunteers for next year’s campaign. He’s right, of course, about the diminishing returns in building a tent city downtown. MSNBC may find the we-shall-not-be-moved live shots inspiring ‘n stuff, but the more this looks like its own freaky deaky communal subculture, the less appeal it’ll hold for the average working-class voters Dems are trying to enlist and energize. The problem is, these people seem less like O-bots waiting to happen than the nucleus of a far-left movement to primary Obama, especially given his heavy dependency on Wall Street donations. In fairness to Rendell, he seems to suggest that himself; note his point about Eugene McCarthy and LBJ at around 3:15. (That’s not as surprising as it sounds, as Rendell was a Hillary backer three years ago.) And he’s not the only one. Says Hugh Hewitt, “Occupy the Democratic presidential primaries!”

If any Democrat of standing decided to take on President Obama in the New Hampshire primary, he or she would guarantee themselves a preferred place in the 2016 field, tens of million dollars in free media exposure, an opportunity to articulate a set of goals and promises –and of course the enmity of the Chicago machine that birthed the chief executive’s political career.

If that Democrat ran in solidarity with unions across the land, blasting at the president for not going to Wisconsin and Ohio enough to stop governors Scott Walker and John Kasich, and added a specific timetable by which all American troops would be gone not just from Iraq but also Afghanistan, and if this candidate condemned and pledged to end the drone strikes and not just against American citizens but also everyone not at least indicted by U.S. courts, he or she would rally the nutroots to their flag, and union bosses would have to at least be respectful of a candidate who spoke of the need to rally to labor in the rapidly emerging era of rollback.

If that Democrat spoke to the “Occupy [Fill In The Blank]” ranks, urging them off their particular street corner and to the streets of Manchester, Nashua, and Concord, he or she could both tap into that eccentric energy, while telling mainstream center-left Americans that he or she was running to refocus everyone’s energy.

OWS has a far better chance of advancing its agenda by acting as a tea-party-esque weight on Obama’s left than by lining up as good soldiers for his campaign. And O surely realizes it: That’s part of the reason I don’t buy the theory that these protests were organized by the Democratic brain trust. There’s way too much that can go wrong for them with a crowd this radical, from momentum for a primary challenge to the sort of nightmare scenario described by Rendell in recalling the 1968 Democratic convention. What’ll be lots of fun over the next month or two is watching how the media handles its love affair with the protesters if they end up coalescing around principles that are a bit too far left for Democrats to market to undecided voters. Job one, above all else, is reelecting Obama to beat back the wingnut hordes, and there’s a chance that OWS could make that job harder, not easier. What will the New York Times op-ed page do then?

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Ain’t gonna happen, Ed. It would be raaaaacit….

ladyingray on October 10, 2011 at 6:29 PM

If they go home to organize for the ballot box, will they still get paid?
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BuckNutty on October 10, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Help us, Jerry-Brown Kenobi… you’re our only hope!

JohnGalt23 on October 10, 2011 at 6:29 PM

If they arent funded by the democrats they are the democrats frankenstein monster.

They have come to believe the world owes them a living. Democratic propaganda at its best.

William Amos on October 10, 2011 at 6:30 PM

the secret is……..

they already OCCUPY……The Democrat Party it’s Leadership and the White House.

What they don’t occupy is a place in the hearts of Independent voters, soccer moms and the 90% of Americans that actually aren’t going to bleep under a tarp or take a dump on a police car.

BTW, Bloomberg is just a Progressive fool tool.

PappyD61 on October 10, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Noooooooo! Stay there, you dreck. YOU represent Obama to the utmost perfection.

Ed Rendell is always the voice of reason. He knows.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Even if they did make it past the first snowfall, imagine how much dirtier it would become with the white snow as a contrast for the filth.

Question: Do drum-heads become brittle in freezing temps?

Bishop on October 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

It will be cold soon and the hippies will go to their homes blessed with heat from the burning of hydrocarbons.

thuja on October 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Help us, Jerry-Brown Kenobi… you’re our only hope!

JohnGalt23 on October 10, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Governor Moonbeam shocked the hippies of California yesterday.

He Vetoed Industrial Hemp.

Gov. Jerry Brown today vetoed legislation that would have permitted the cultivation of industrial hemp in California, though the Democratic governor didn’t seem happy about it.

Senate Bill 676, by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would have created an eight-year, pilot program for the cultivation of industrial hemp in Imperial, Kern, Kings and San Joaquin counties.

In a veto message, Brown said federal law considers industrial hemp to be a regulated, controlled substance, and that failure to obtain a federal permit would subject California farmers to federal prosecution.

“Although I am not signing this measure, I do support a change in federal law,” Brown said in a veto message. “Products made from hemp – clothes, food, and bath products – are legally sold in California every day. It is absurd that hemp is being imported into the state, but our farmers cannot grow it.”

Del Dolemonte on October 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I kinda like them staying there.

You can help them leave a lasting mark by helping Ben & Jerry name a new Occupy Wall Street Ice Cream flavor. The MorningSpew has a contest going.

http://themorningspew.com/2011/10/10/the-morning-spews-first-contest-help-ben-jerry-name-a-new-occupy-wall-street-ice-cream-flavor/

bloggless on October 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Question: Do drum-heads become brittle in freezing temps?

Bishop on October 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Fingers start to break off…

ladyingray on October 10, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Exactly, the GOP line should be that the Occupy Wallstreet Movement shouldn’t be taken seriously unless they primary Obama.

ninjapirate on October 10, 2011 at 6:39 PM

I hope they stay as long as possible. Let America get a good close look at these people.

cynccook on October 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

if they end up coalescing around principles that are a bit too far left for Democrats to market to undecided voters

if…If…IF??? They are wackos that have proven they can’t articulate anything other than they HATE prosperity and America. Now that I think about it that is pure obama (SCOAMF) right there!

winston on October 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Question: Do drum-heads become brittle in freezing temps?

Bishop on October 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

How about when perforated with .00 Buck??

BigWyo on October 10, 2011 at 6:44 PM

frankly I think the left is behind it and loves seeing the movement take fire

follow the money trail

who is buying the lunches, handing out blankets, removing trash and bringing in porti-potties?

question is will the sudden surge in disgruntled youth vote be offset by alienating independants and reaganesque democrats

audiotom on October 10, 2011 at 6:44 PM

What will the New York Times op-ed page do then?

Easy, they’ll tell everyone that OWS was a Tea Party plot from Day One.

GarandFan on October 10, 2011 at 6:45 PM

20 years ago, Ed Rendell would be considered a Moderate Republican compared to a Democrat of today.

That is how far the democrat party has moved to the left.

portlandon on October 10, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Real conumdrum for the LSM: cover the Scumbaggers who might primary Obama OR cover Fast and Furious that might indict Obama. Either way, Obama is toast. LOL.

txhsmom on October 10, 2011 at 6:47 PM

The only person that could primary obama is al gore.

OWS has a lot of potential to be a nightmare for obama. Is there any upside for the dems at all?

and don’t forget that that 13 keys guy had one for sustained civil unrest.

rw on October 10, 2011 at 6:47 PM

NO!!!!

Stay right where you are, Occupy Wall Street!! Rage, rage against the machine! Form bigger and bigger drum circles! Take even fewer showers (if that’s possible…)! Let your voices be heard!

Whatever you do, stay home on Election Day, 2012.

Please.

Signed,

The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

P.S. About that revolution you’re calling for: You remember all the blue states disarmed themselves, and it’s us red states that own all the guns, right? Good luck with your (very short) revolution.

ExUrbanKevin on October 10, 2011 at 6:49 PM

O/T Sorry, did y’all see that S.C. is the beneficiary of crazy Gov. Perdue? http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/10/continental-tire-passes-on-north-carolina-opens-plant-in-south-carolina/

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Something tells me that Rendell isn’t in favor of taking dumps on cop cars.

On another note, where do the 20 Dem senators up for election in 2012 stand on OWS? Sure, if you’re from a blue state, no problem. But I can’t see backing OWS if you’re a Dem senator from a purple or red state.

BuckeyeSam on October 10, 2011 at 6:52 PM

The only person that could primary obama is al gore.

I don’t know. I think Hillary, at this point, could give him a run for his money.

BallisticBob on October 10, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Soros funded groups put this together and I think I saw it on Lou Dobbs on Friday. Lerner is an Seiu drone and van Jones works for Soros at center for progress under podesta, it may not fit Obamas desires but it works in the big picture for the leftists.

tim c on October 10, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Rendell is the man who, as DNC chair, was the first (and for a while, only) Democrat to point out that Al Gore had lost. That observation of political reality wasn’t welcome, either.

HitNRun on October 10, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Interesting,and where was the Liberal Democrats when
the Socialist Progressives Anarchists were busy occupy
ing every position in Government!!

The DNC has allowed,or,looked the other way,as Progressive
Intimidation was running amuck for these last three or so
years!!

The DNC has been Hi-Jacked,ever since,Obama had to do a
swear in redo!!

canopfor on October 10, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Trumpka,”the only recourse you have are the streets”,
and admits union involvement!
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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Backs Occupy Wall Street
Sept 30 2011
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5iBJ2xTa90&feature=related

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AFL-CIO Proxy Team
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Young Workers Summitt
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More than 800 young people took part in the Next Up Young Workers Summit. Check out photos and videos from the Sept. 29-Oct.2 conference here and take a look at the findings from a survey of Next Up Young Workers Summit attendees on the political and issue landscape.
More..plus..Videos)
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http://www.aflcio.org/aboutus/youthsummit/

canopfor on October 10, 2011 at 6:31 AM

canopfor on October 10, 2011 at 7:04 PM

I always thought that Gov. Rendell was a sane voice of the Left, they should have him on The Five.

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Heh, heh, they don’t like you either dude.

Speakup on October 10, 2011 at 7:04 PM

O/T a tad,OWS related!

Btw,in case anyone missed this,American Spectator has been accussed
of instigating the Smithsonian Museum Protester Debackle!
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American Spectator,is being accused of (RightWing) sabotagey
of the Lefty Goon Smithsonian Museum Protest debackle!!

Drone protesters at air and space maced after right-wing disruptors assault security
Added: 12 mins ago Occurred On: Oct-8-2011
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7b3_1318226782

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LeftWing Goon attempted explanation!

UPDATE: Conservative Writer Admits ‘Infiltrating’ 99 Percent Movement To ‘Mock And Undermine’ It
Oct 9 2011
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http://judicial-corruption.net/

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Patrick Howley Explains:

Standoff in D.C.
Posted by Patrick Howley on 10.8.11 @ 6:24PM
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WASHINGTON — The fastest-running protesters charged up the steps of Washington’s National Air and Space Museum Saturday afternoon to infiltrate the building and hang banners on the “shameful” exhibits promoting American imperialism. As the white-uniformed security guards hurried to physically block the entrances, only a select few — myself, for journalistic purposes, included — kept charging forward.
(More…………….)

http://spectator.org/blog/2011/10/08/standoff-in-dc

canopfor on October 10, 2011 at 2:43 AM

canopfor on October 10, 2011 at 7:11 PM

“… it may not fit Obamas desires but it works in the big picture for the leftists.”

tim c on October 10, 2011 at 6:54 PM

I have a feeling that Soros will be the one to throw gasoline on the fire that he just created…

Seven Percent Solution on October 10, 2011 at 7:11 PM

but the more this looks like its own freaky deaky communal subculture, the less appeal it’ll hold for the average working-class voters Dems are trying to enlist and energize.

But doesn’t your average working-class voter enjoy taking the occasional dump on a police car? I mean, it seems like completely normal, old-fashioned, working-class shenanigans to me.

WarEagle01 on October 10, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Job one, above all else, is reelecting Obama to beat back the wingnut hordes, and there’s a chance that OWS could make that job harder, not easier. What will the New York Times op-ed page do then?

Turn a blind eye when they are removed of course.

rob verdi on October 10, 2011 at 7:13 PM

I always thought that Gov. Rendell was a sane voice of the Left, they should have him on The Five.

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 7:04 PM

I agree. He would be a major improvement over Beckel.

50sGuy on October 10, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation!
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He’s going to,”PRESS ON,..take off your bedroom slippers, put on
YOUR MARCHING SHOES,WE HAVE WORK TO DO”!

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Take Off Your Bedroom Slippers – Chicago Jesus Inspires His Remaining Followers By Example
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Any body up for a 88th round of golf?
Added: 17 hours ago Occurred On: Oct-10-2011
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=fa6_1318225899

canopfor on October 10, 2011 at 7:19 PM

At least one democRAT still has some sense.

mmcnamer1 on October 10, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Ed Rendell, like Bill Clinton, understands middle class America, so he understands that this isn’t going to play well in Peoria. Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama haven’t got a clue how negative the optics of this are to most voters. They just don’t know anyone at all who doesn’t see things from their same far left prism, so what’s going on in NYC seems perfectly normal to them.

Rational Thought on October 10, 2011 at 7:26 PM

So,ummm,did the OWS Protest Goons get a new permit yet?!
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Freedom Plaza Demonstrators Discuss Staying On Despite Permit Expiration
Oct 10 2011
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– Protesters encamped at Freedom Plaza across from the White House sent out an email late Sunday announcing a meeting to discuss a plan to stay on after a permit expires tomorrow.

“The thousands of people of the October2011 Movement who have been occupying in Freedom Plaza since October 6th and the hundreds of those people who have been sleeping in Freedom Plaza are faced tonight with the decision about whether or not they will remain in the Plaza despite the fact that our permit expires at 10 pm.,” the email reads.
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http://dprogram.net/2011/10/10/freedom-plaza-demonstrators-discuss-staying-on-despite-permit-expiration/

canopfor on October 10, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I have a feeling that Soros will be the one to throw gasoline on the fire that he just created…

Seven Percent Solution on October 10, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Or…chlorine powder on the dreck they are and leave…

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I agree. He would be a major improvement over Beckel.

50sGuy on October 10, 2011 at 7:16 PM

…and any of the dames there.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Yeah right. Like there’s free food and a drum circle at the ballot box.

greggriffith on October 10, 2011 at 7:35 PM

I agree. He would be a major improvement over Beckel.

50sGuy on October 10, 2011 at 7:16 PM

I’d love to hear what a Dem thinks for his representation.

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 7:40 PM

If OWS was organized by any Democratic brain trust, we are in more trouble than I thought. That said, why are they and the media so quick to embrace them? That seems equally stupid.

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 7:42 PM

* SHRUG * ….as we have seen time and again liberals in a group are never more than 1 perceived outrage and synoptic short away from burning what ever city they be protesting in at the moment ….have faith ….it would not surprise me to see their movement go up in a wall street bonfire and on a lighter note what sort of skull duggery do ya think the lad is up to … * GRIN *

O’Keeforama!… What the Far Left Doesn’t Know About “Wall Street O’Keefe” Might Hurt Them
Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, October 10, 2011, 4:56 PM

Uh-Oh.
The far left pro-Obama supporting Occupy Wall Street loons captured video of James O’Keefe today at Camp Crap-on-a-Cop-Car and passed the video clip to Gawker.

Aggie95 on October 10, 2011 at 7:50 PM

That’s part of the reason I don’t buy the theory that these protests were organized by the Democratic brain trust.

I think that they tacitly endorsed it. Patrick Gaspard comes to mind. I could be wrong.

ted c on October 10, 2011 at 7:57 PM

No primary for Obama the rrvenge of blacks against any primary opponent would destroy any future possibility of support.

eaglewingz08 on October 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Oh, but look what is set for tomorrow’s street theater by the OWS crowd: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/10/10/2011-10-10_occupy_wall_street_protesters_can_stay_in_zuccotti_park_indefinitely_says_mayor_.html?r=news

The photos in the article certainly don’t portray the unsavoriness of the encampment, but that is what a complicit media do.

onlineanalyst on October 10, 2011 at 8:02 PM

onlineanalyst on October 10, 2011 at 8:02 PM

I wonder why Mr. Murdoch’s media empire is the only in it’s genre to be scheduled for a visit? Obviously that is a rhetorical question.

Cindy Munford on October 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Frankenstein wasn’t the name of the monster. It was the name of the monster’s creator, who thought he could control his creation. Nemesis follows hubris.

Sekhmet on October 10, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I found the obvious pro-Occupy Wall Street gang bias via the main stream media, Barack Obama, and others, offensive.

When the Tea Party movement came out, the participants were friendly, well behaved, polite, clean, intelligent, and alert. After their gatherings their area was spotless. There was no violence and no expressions of brute, vicious hatred.

The press and leftist-Democrat politicians, celebrities, etc., initiated hate speech, straw men attacks, and fomented violence and racist attacks against Tea Partiers. They persisted in this even until recently.

With the Occupy Wall Street participants, Obama, other politicians, celebrities, the press, et al, praise them, color them as angels, salt-of-the-earth, sympathetic, conscientious, loving, thoughtful, gentle, saintly people, ignoring their obvious lack of knowledge, their aimlessness, their ignorance, their naivete, their incompetence, their laziness, their dependency on others to take care of them, and their overflow of misinformation.

Furthermore, it has been Wall Street which funded Democrats over Republicans, leftists and socialists over conservatives, for a very long time now, yet these pretend hippies are clueless to such.

Have the “Occupy Wall Street” hordes engaged in the following, standard, hippy fare yet?:

Free “Love,” which is rampant sex with strangers, all passing women around and “getting it on?”

Mass nudity?

Mass sex orgies?

Marijuana? Are they passing it around freely, filling the air with the smell of pot?

Crack Cocaine?

Powder Cocaine?

Heroine?

PCP?

LSD?

Ripping one another off?

That is just to name a few.

“Careful out there. We heard there is some bad acid going around. Peace, brothers and sisters. Love.”

William2006 on October 10, 2011 at 11:31 PM

When even Mikey Bloomberg understands that his office is getting calls overwhelmingly demanding he do something about the “occupation,” it’s not going to end well.

In NYC the protestors have already earned the enmity of the local businesses which were initially sympathetic by damaging and defiling their bathrooms and scaring away paying customers. They are having a sewage crisis. Once the news is forced to cover that, they will all go home quietly, with the warm and enduring knowledge that they struck blows against the Empire.

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No one is going to seriously challenge Obama. Maybe somebody gives him a Bill Bradley v Al Gore run, so full of mutual admiration you wonder they didn’t come out as a couple. Anyone who lays a glove on Obama will be permanently marked as unclean by the Race Police, even as Joe Lieberman was marked by the Peace-at-any-price Police a decade ago.

Adjoran on October 11, 2011 at 5:36 AM