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Embracing OccupyWallStreet a risky strategy for Dems

posted at 12:24 pm on October 9, 2011 by

The Occupy Wall Street protester photographed relieving himself on a police car may be symbolic of the mob’s immature rage against the machine, not to mention the group’s hypocrisy regarding green politics (the ongoing anti-corporate demonstrations are filled with corporate products as well). But the incident also illustrates the way OWS agitators against Big Corporations have alienated the small businesses in the neighborhood, frequently by wrecking their restrooms. Even Nanny Bloomberg feels compelled to speak out against the way OWS is making life difficult for those still working hard and playing by the rules.

Nevertheless, prominent Democrats, Big Labor and the establishment media (including the NYT editorial board) are hoping to coopt the movement to further their own political agenda. White House CoS Bill Daley isn’t so sure it helps. Granted, it makes sense that Team Obama, run and funded by the banksters OWS detests, would be wary of exposing its own hypocrisy in this area. However, Daley is also correct to see risk for the establishment beyond the possibility that OWS will reject being absorbed into the establishment lefty Borg.

Team Obama wants to borrow the Bush 2004 campaign playbook of using wedge issues to split independents from the GOP (the reality was more complex than that, and the economy was better, but whatevs). The latest polling from Democratic groups like Democracy Corps and Third Way also point to a strategy of trying to convince swing voters in purple states that the GOP candidate is too tied to the Tea Party. Embracing OWS has the distinct possibility of backfiring, particularly when likely voters already see the Democrats’ agenda as a bit more extreme than the GOP agenda.

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“Risky strategy”? “Risky”!?

It’s a disasterous strategy IF the GOP/Right/TeaPartiers/Libertarians proliferate just a smidgen of the rotten news about Obama-SEIU-ACORN-re-election campaign all tied together in rigging the “occupy” “protests.”

Apparently it’s another one of those false-or-theatre performances by the Left/by Obama/Dems.

Just has to be more publicized — the involvements — by the GOP. If so, “strategy” by Obama will then be exposed as rotten eggs.

Lourdes on October 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Was this mob occupation thing a Wasserman-Schultz idea?

Has all the earmarks.

Seems a good number of the Dems have “embraced” this occupation by mob thing, to include Obama.

Now, when it turns violent, as it will, as local authorities need to restore order, open up streets, and allow for commerce, and simple sanitation, what will be the Dems position then?

Unions are funding these mobs, offering assistance, and pledges of solidarity, and the Dems have embraced it as well…so…when it all turns to **** are they all going to blame Bush? Again?

Most of these mob-sters have no clue as to what they are protesting. Just useful idiots for Democrat/Union kabuki.

Yep, a Wasserman-Schultz thing. Has to be.

coldwarrior on October 9, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Moderates aren’t that sophisticated. We won’t know which way they’ll break until the news cycles in October 2012.

mankai on October 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Moderates aren’t that sophisticated. We won’t know which way they’ll break until the news cycles in October on November 7, 2012.
mankai on October 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM


eeyore on October 9, 2011 at 5:02 PM

As I said in another post, it’s one thing to hold a protest rally, it’s another to take over an area for weeks on end and alienate local residents and businesses. These kids are e eagerly awaiting some sort of grand confrontation with the cops when Bloomberg finally decides that the creeps need to evacuate. If real violence breaks out, it’ll look pretty hypocritical for the Democrats to be cheering them on after the insults that they’ve hurled at Tea Partiers.

ardenenoch on October 9, 2011 at 6:27 PM

If these people got their way there would be nobody they could take money from! They sure don´t create much wealth themselves!

gullxn on October 9, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Speaking of Democrats–*Anger On The Streets*
Eric Cantor/Nancy Pelosi weigh in!

$800 Million Richer Nancy Pelosi on Wall Street Protests:

Cantor Wasn’t Mad When Tea Party Was SPITTING On Congressmen,-Nancy Pelosi
Added: 3 hours ago Occurred On: Oct-9-2011

canopfor on October 9, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Lefty Intell Goon update,know your political enemy,sh*t,
thats opponent,sorry!

OccupyWallStreet website

Today Liberty Plaza had a visit from Slavoj Zizek
Oct. 9, 2011, 6:04 p.m.

canopfor on October 9, 2011 at 7:25 PM