Naomi Wolf? Lemony Snicket? Batman? Holy Occupation! They’ve all become allies of the Occupation Movement and found their way into news accounts overnight. Greg Sargent continues to be a leader in the reporting on the political implications of all this with the two following pieces:
Wall Street lobbyists rage at Dems for supporting Occupy Wall Street
By Greg Sargent
Politico channels the angst of Wall Streeters who are furious with Democrats for daring to whisper a word of support for the Occupy Wall Street protests:
After the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent a recent email urging supporters to sign a petition backing the wave of Occupy Wall Street protests, phones at the party committee started ringing.
Banking executives personally called the offices of DCCC Chairman Steve Israel and DCCC Finance Chairman Joe Crowley last week demanding answers, three financial services lobbyists told POLITICO.
“They were livid,” said one Democratic lobbyist with banking clients.
The execs asked the lawmakers: “What are you doing? Do you even understand some of the things that they’ve called for?” said another lobbyist with financial services clients who is a former Democratic Senate aide.
Wow. In embracing Occupy Wall Street, Democrats have managed to alienate Wall Street lobbyists and banking execs? What a fatal political misstep! Given their far reaching popularity, how will Dems ever recover?
In all seriousness, get ready for the next media storyline: If they support Occupy Wall Street in any way, Dems are going to take a major fundraising hit. It’s inevitable! The storyline, that is.
Has Occupy Wall Street Gone Mainstream?
The second piece at the link above is a must-read. The internal polling subject is critical to the position of Democrats. The Time Magazine poll is very straightforward and there is mounting evidence that the “radical” aspect of all this is being overplayed by the media. Now we see another one. Check out these links that suggest broader support than “mainstream” media and the various political interests care to consider (at their own peril):
If what appears to be growing support continues, it will be incumbent on those of us that look forward to a policy debate to articulate our vision of the Occupation Movement as it moves through a crucial stage of development. The General Assembly is the primary vehicle, but the dialog that occurs here is an important part of the process. Thanks for your contributions to comments and the Forum section.
Next up, Big Bad Bull**** Bankers.