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Obama campaign goes ‘all in’: casts its lot with Occupy movement

posted at 11:17 am on October 16, 2011 by

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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coincident, not.

the_nile on October 16, 2011 at 11:34 AM

This resembles nothing as much as it does Hugo Chavez’s use of the masses in the Caracas colinas to wage class warfare on Venezuela’s middle class after Hugo already was in office, in order to have them intimidate and eliminate opponents to his presidency.

The problem is this is going to require a lot more acquiescence from other government officials in order to get it done, since the OWS crowd has to have targets and they can’t be the White House. Is Michael Bloomberg willing to destroy his legacy by giving in to the Obama crowd and allowing New York to sidle back into the David Dinkins years (and even outside of the Times Square fight on Saturday, the NYC papers this morning are full of weekend crime incidents, including two murders. It wouldn’t be a big surprise to find out that the crooks who have laid low since the mid-1990s are deciding if the police aren’t getting tough with the downtown protesters, it’s probably safe for them to start acting a little more rowdy, too).

jon1979 on October 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

The dems have had their hand in OWS for months. Of course he’ll go all in. They OWN it, lock, stock, and barrel. They also own any ramifications from it. However, sadly, they also own the MSM.

Tuari on October 16, 2011 at 12:05 PM

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.

And by “different” you mean the same people who voted for him originally, right?

uknowmorethanme on October 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM

different electoral demographic.

No, it is the same folks…at least with the youts….

t on October 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I would hope that his little mob will be cognizant enough to recognize Obama’s hypocrisy come election time when he starts raking in barrels of campaign cash from Wall Street’s ill gotten profits.
Now if Wall Street is stupid enough to contribute to Obama with his little rent-a-mob sh*tting all over them, they deserve what ever that mob of human debris does to them.

austinnelly on October 17, 2011 at 4:09 PM