Democrats fundraise off OWS

posted at 7:00 pm on November 22, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent paints it as heroic loyalty: Democrats who initially expressed support for Occupy Wall Street haven’t disavowed it, even though they risk negative political backlash for their alignment with a movement that has proved itself to be chaotic and violent. How brave, how principled of them! Democrats agree with what they perceive as the basic premise of OWS — that the rich should pay more in taxes — so why worry about the more unseemly aspects of the Occupation?

That’s one way to look at it. But maybe Democratic support of OWS is not heroic loyalty or impressive allegiance to certain ideals (although I’d agree that some Democrats surely like the class warfare flair of the Occupation). Maybe it’s just flat-out opportunism.

Sargent is certainly right about one thing: Democrats haven’t disavowed Occupy. They’ve coopted its language — and, now, they’ve begun to send out fundraising e-mails that obliquely reference the movement:

[T]he DCCC is now raising money off that recent report of a GOP-connected corporate lobbying firm’s proposed smear campaign against the movement. Nancy Pelosi has authored a DCCC fundraising email that presents this as proof that Republicans are on the side of Wall Street and against Dems and the protesters.

But, really, why not? In her letter, Pelosi references OWS as a “grassroots citizen movement … working to hold special interests accountable.” If lightly mentioning OWS protesters in an e-mail scores Democrats a few extra bucks, why wouldn’t they mention ‘em? Democrats have a proven talent for associating with unsavory characters without sullying themselves, and the careful language of Pelosi’s letter suggests the DCCC is just as prepared to deny any unappealing connection with OWS as they are to take credit for the movement if it cleans up its act and actually accomplishes something.

Meantime, incidentally, I am disappointed in the “GOP-connected corporate lobbying firm” that proposed a coordinated campaign to discredit OWS. Anybody with eyes to see knows that Occupiers do that most effectively themselves. What’s the number now, Mr. Nolte? 329, you say? Yes, that’s right. As of today, Occupiers have been responsible for 329 incidents of violence, vandalism or outrageous behavior. We can’t hear what Occupiers are saying because their actions just speak so loudly.


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“Shocking” is right…imagine thaaaaaaaaaaatttttttt!

sicoit on November 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM

The same group who were doing fundraising on the Gabby Giffords shooting?

Why am I not shocked.

portlandon on November 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Wow, I forgot to add FIRST! :)

sicoit on November 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Best response?

An ad with clips of Dems supporting OWS mixed with news clips of reports of lice, fleas, scabies, ringworm…

Wethal on November 22, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Progressive Perverted Pleasures of Prostituting the Protesters!
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canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 7:14 PM

lame

rob verdi on November 22, 2011 at 7:14 PM

I wonder how they`ll handle it when OWS protestors are crapping, fighting, raping and piledgeing outside their convention next year.

ThePrez on November 22, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Best response?

An ad with clips of Dems supporting OWS mixed with news clips of reports of lice, fleas, scabies, ringworm…

Wethal on November 22, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Wethal:I’ll chime in,of your remarks:)

reports of
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Rapes,Sexual Assaults,murder,nudity,200LBS of Human Poo,
and….. …..

canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Best response?

An ad with clips of Dems supporting OWS mixed with news clips of reports of lice, fleas, scabies, ringworm…

Wethal on November 22, 2011 at 7:10 PM

You forgot the rapes…

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

O/T,a bit!!

Common Sense is mak’n a come back?!
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All Centre County Common Pleas Court judges recuse themselves in Jerry Sandusky abuse case – AP
2 Hrs.ago
Update
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Great minds and all…

:)

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Vandals, rapists, thieves, perverts, nuisances, public health menaces…

Democrats are just appealing to their base.

malclave on November 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM

You forgot the rapes…

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Seven Percent Solution:The first 10 seconds!:)
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Blazing Saddles (10/10) Movie CLIP – Boy, Is He Strict (1974) HD
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcokL59jeqU

canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 7:24 PM

canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 7:16 PM
Great minds and all…

:)

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Haha,Vulcan MindMeld,i sent video
clip!:)

canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Yup,Pelosi’s “El Corrupto Broom”
Strikes Again!!!

canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Yes, that’s right. As of today, Occupiers have been responsible for 329 incidents of violence, vandalism or outrageous behavior.
Problem is, that will never be reported by the MSM.

chewmeister on November 22, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Best response?

An ad with clips of Dems supporting OWS mixed with news clips of reports of lice, fleas, scabies, ringworm…

Wethal on November 22, 2011 at 7:10 PM
You forgot the rapes…

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

There are likely to be crimes in any group of people without any sort of rule of law. I thought the unique, and more digusting, aspects of the squalor would be more annoying to Dems. And entertaining to conservatives.

Wethal on November 22, 2011 at 7:32 PM

You forgot the rapes…

Seven Percent Solution on November 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Hedley Lamar: You said rape twice.
Outlaw: I like rape.

chewmeister on November 22, 2011 at 7:33 PM

i guess i missed this the other day…the Adbusters editors speak…and op/ed at WaPo

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-occupy-wall-street-will-keep-up-the-fight/2011/11/17/gIQAn5RJZN_story.html

On Tuesday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg evicted the Occupy movement from its spiritual home near Wall Street. Soon afterward, a longtime Occupier sent us his testimony from the streets of New York:

Lost my stuff, including power cord for my laptop, in the raid, something or someone cleared out my bank account, and it’s raining. I could just write a country song. I’ll tell you this: the resolve is still here. People I talk to are a healthy mixture of rage, comedy, resolve, and excitement. Also exhaustion. Maybe the raid was the best thing that could happen? Winning at last, winning at last, thank God Almighty, we are winning at last.”

wow.

Later our adbusters friends talk about the ‘movement’ being inspired by Arab Spring…right…very similar

Someone said today that the diff between the R and the Ds on the ‘super-committee’ is that R’s can do the math.

That probably explains about 80 percent of our problems today. Very few people can do the math

r keller on November 22, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Let’s try that again>
Lessons for Obama from Silent Cal
http://spectator.org/archives/2011/11/22/lessons-for-obama-from-silent

onlineanalyst on November 22, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Speaking of Protests,

Live Feed from Tahrir Square,Egypt!
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Gypsies, tramps, and thieves…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lol6Z9rI408

onlineanalyst on November 22, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Ugh,Linky SNAFU!
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Egypt protests
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Updates on the revolution in Egypt that began in January 2011 and ended the 29-year rule of Hosni Mubarak. Demonstrations in Cairo, Alexandria and elsewhere followed a popular uprising in Tunisia.
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/egypt-protests?q=egypt-protests

canopfor on November 22, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Democrats have a proven talent for associating with unsavory characters without sullying themselves

Sounds like an opportunity for PPG munchkining.

Count to 10 on November 22, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Today I saw for myself the horror that is Occupy LA (or Occupoo LA, as some local radio hosts refer to it). It is frightening. I would not feel safe walking more than 10 feet into the maze of tents and ramshackle huts -the whole set up reminds me of the worst ghettos of Manila. Garbage and graffiti are everywhere. It is unbelievable that our mayor and city council are condoning this. I hope the Dems continue to own this putrid mob.

LASue on November 23, 2011 at 1:20 AM

I continue to be astounded by the mainstream media. This morning during my drive to work, I listened to one story on the radio about OWS that was favorable and sympathetic in tone, followed by another story on the SAT cheating scandal on Long Island that seemed rather hostile and condemning of all involved. Soooooo, lawlessness on the part of OWS is okay, because it appears to support Obama’s re-election campaign, but lawlessness on the part of high school students “trying to get ahead in a capitalist society” is horribly horrible!!!!!!

Tea party folks….keep your powder dry until Election Day, 2012!

olesparkie on November 23, 2011 at 7:44 AM

Tried to link to a story about how these Communist Tools plan to boycott the eeeeeeevil….Dick’s Sporting Goods on Black Friday but it was an MSNBC link and disappeared. Sadly, thanks to the miracle of Google, I learned that the American Family Association boycotted them in 2010 because they had a “holiday shop” on their website. Which just goes to show that there are fools on both sides of the political spectrum.

Buy Danish on November 23, 2011 at 9:18 AM

The ads against democraps(the term is even more appropriate given their support of the criminal poopstockers) should be devastating. Right now we’re keeping powder dry for use next sept/october. Then the voters will get to see collages of those idealistic poopstockers that were hidden and whitewashed by the media. The shock will be priceless and will have the dems scurrying back into their ratholes.

eaglewingz08 on November 23, 2011 at 9:20 AM

This can’t be right, Pelosi can neither read nor write.

NoDonkey on November 23, 2011 at 10:20 AM