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Thursday, October 27, 2016

DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz: Occupy Wall Street More Mainstream Than GOP Presidential Candidates

Occupy Wall Street has been pilloried by the Republican presidential contenders as a radical movement of hippies out of touch with the working class. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz visited the Boston protests today and made a very different case:

Ten hours and about four blocks from where over 100 Occupy Boston protesters were arrested early this morning, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz signaled a further embrace of the Occupy Wall Street movement by the Democratic Party.

“Occupy Wall Street are expressing frustrations of middle-class Americans,” she said during a press conference at the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s headquarters on Summer Street. The movement, she implied, was more in touch with average Americans than any of nine GOP presidential candidates.

If it wasn’t exactly an endorsement of the demonstrations — Wasserman Schultz did take pains to note that while most of the Occupy Wall Street protestors were behaving peacefully and appropriately, there were exceptions — it was a profound statement nonetheless, showing just how far apart the parties are on the issue.

Democrats have been increasingly lending their support for the sit-ins, and even President Obama has described the protests as reflecting Americans’ unhappiness with the economy.

The Republicans, in contrast, are virtually united in their disdain. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney called the protesters “dangerous” last week, and when Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, was asked about the protests, he said, “If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.” (Although one Republican candidate, Buddy Roemer, the former governor of Louisiana, has embraced Occupy Wall Street, he has not yet been invited to a single debate and doesn’t even garner an asterisk in polls of early states

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  • kurt.lorentzen

    Occupy Wall Street may well represent the views of most Americans – the movement’s professed ideals are certainly in line with my own. But to suggest that this is not an orchestrated event is either disingenuous or head-in-the-sand. It’s clear that the participants, in large part, cannot articulate what they are protesting in anything but broad, generalized terms. Analysts are now beginning to say exactly what I said two weeks ago – that it’s Wall Street’s hold on, or corruption of, the democratic process that represents the greatest danger. The biggest threat to both big money and big government is that the tea party and the occupiers will wake up and realize that they’re not adversaries on the main issues. They may have differeing opinions on how the government-financier alliance should be dealt with, but there’s no question that they are fighting the same animal. I’ll be very interested to see how this plays out. The instigators of “occupy” may well find that the movement is about to take on a life of its own that may not be in complete alignment with their interests – something they didn’t bargain for.