Obama campaign goes ‘all in': casts its lot with Occupy movement
posted at 11:17 am on October 16, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
Having failed abysmally in his day job, Barack Obama has rediscovered his community organizer roots. The day after the Democrat-controlled Senate voted down his jobs bill, he told an audience:
We will keep organizing and we will keep pressuring and we will keep voting until this Congress finally meets its responsibilities and actually does something to put people back to work and improve the economy.
How convenient then that a loosely knit and malleable agglomeration of angry protesters has suddenly emerged on the scene in the persons of Occupy Wall Street. Protesters’ demands, which vary depending on whom you ask, make them easy pickings for an experienced community organizer like Obama.
Which is why, after initially voicing tepid approval of the protest movement, Team Obama has gone “all in,” to borrow a term from the game of poker. Senior campaign adviser David Plouffe said in an interview:
We intend to make [the anti-Wall Street anger] one of the central elements of the campaign next year. One of the main elements of the contrast will be that the president passed Wall Street reform and our opponent and the other party want to repeal it.
I’m pretty confident 12 months from now, as people make the decision about who to go vote for, the gut check is going to be about, ‘Who would make decisions more about helping my life than Wall Street?’
Plouffe acknowledged that there is a risk in attempting to channel this anger, but it is clearly one that Obama is willing to take, considering the “lousy hand” he is currently holding.
But there is a risk as well for Republicans, who are counting on the Occupy movement to collapse of its own weight. If it doesn’t and the masses come to accept Obama as their savior, he could be swept into office for a second term, and for the same messianic reasons as in 2008—just by a different electoral demographic.
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