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Democrats offer solidarity with Occupy Wall Street Protestors

Mayor Bloomberg welcomed the protestors, saying they can stay indefinitely.

President Obama’s Chief of Staff expressed doubts that the protests are helpful to the president:

After the speech, I asked Daley about Occupy Wall Street. Why not? I asked if it was helpful to the White House, in its current jobs bill campaign, to have economic angst protests in dozens of cities.

“I don’t know if it’s helpful,” he said. “I wouldn’t characterize it that way. Look it: People express their opinions. In the new social network world, they can do it pretty effectively outside the normal way, historically, people have done it. So whether it’s helpful to us, or helpful for people to understand in the political system that there are a lot of people out there concerned about the economy — I know the focus is on Wall Street, but it’s a broader discussion that we’re having.” He pointed to Sam Stein, who’d been asking about supercommittee negotiations. “Part of the thing here, about a balanced approach — I think people want to see fairness in the system.”

via HotAir:

In other words, as Jonah Goldberg puts it, “Put normal-looking people out front to convince Americans that Occupy Wall Street is something it isn’t.” That’s a nifty piece of snark, but that’s exactly what Democrats have in mind: The sooner they can coopt the movement and turn it from what it is (a grab bag of hard-left/anarchist grievances against capitalism) into what it isn’t (a mainstream union-backed expression of support of Obama’s “tax the rich” agenda), the sooner Daley can pronounce the protests helpful after all. Some Democrats have already begun the process, in fact. Said Louise Slaughter, “It’s time for all Americans to pay their fair share. And I’m so proud to see the Occupy Wall Street movement standing up to this rampant corporate greed and peacefully participating in our democracy.” Is that what the fringe that’s been camping out in the park is all about? People paying their “fair share”? Huh.

Occupy Sacramento Protestors get angry when asked to explain why they’re protesting

“I‘ve heard it’s anti-capitalist; I’m a socialist, I’m a Marxist communist” a protestor said to a CBS reporter out looking to find out exactly what the Occupy protests were all about in a downtown Sacramento park. Others struggled to find an answer to the question asked by CBS and some became angry, swatting away the news reporters camera. Another attender of the event said they were gathered there to figure out why they were protesting.

 

The Sacramento Press asked the same question with the same results:

One of the common questions raised by those observing the occupation has been what the activists’ objective is – and that’s a question the activists themselves are pondering.

“The general consensus here – and I know it’s incredibly broad and vague – is change,” Bondi said. “Even in the Wall Street protests, over a week or two, there was no definitive list of demands.”

Bondi described Occupy Sacramento as a democracy where no one person is a leader, and objectives are being worked out.

“We’re trying to get more organized at this point,” he said. “I just hope people stick with us.”

Pettit said police will continue to enforce the city’s listed park hours and “no camping” ordinance.

“We are anticipating to stay there and do the same thing again,” he said. “We’ll see if the same people want to be arrested. It’s up to them. Our primary concern is keeping the peace.”

The full video of the CBS reporter’s confrontation with Occupy Sacramento is here at KOVR-TV.

You can see CNN having a similarly difficult time figuring out what the Occupy protestors want below:

Occupy Wallstreet’s affect on the Youth Vote

While the youth vote continues to lean left, Democrats have lost about half their edge with young voters to the GOP since 2008 and there remains no clear trend on young voters desire to constrict corporations to benefit the economy at large. Via Karl:

A slice of the establishment media is increasingly taken with comparing Occupy Wall Street — the two-week old protest against “banksters” and corporate tycoons — with the revolutionary protests of the ‘Arab Spring.’ James Joyner correctly observes what an insult that is to the protesters who (however problematic some of them may be) risked death to overturn repressive dictatorships. Indeed, the comparison is doubly insulting to the intelligence of the reader, given that those making it generally support Team Obama, which is run and funded by said banksters and would be the dictatorship in this scenario. The people floating the metaphor do not expect or hope for a revolution. And the metaphor crumbles even further on close examination. …

“In short, Occupy Wall Street does not appear to reflect any particular revolutionary sentiment among the American youth vote. As for the segment of the youth vote attracted to the protests, what are they going to do? Vote for Obama, as Kristof and his fellow travelers in the media almost certainly will? The hipster demographic is already disillusioned with The One. Write in someone like Ralph Nader or Bernie Sanders? Stay home with their bongs? The left-leaning media is having its fantasy moment here, but the primary beneficiary of Occupy Wall Street is probably the GOP.”

 

Occupy Wallstreet Protestors Demand Free College

“I found the protesters I met to be friendly, welcoming and earnest — though totally misguided. Within minutes of arriving, a young woman encouraged me to join along in the fun and pointed me toward the free food (there’s a section of canned food and other groceries that have been donated to the protesters who are living in the park). ‘I’m going to give you a blessing,’ the woman told me, then began waving a smoking piece of sage around my face and body. She handed me a pamphlet about the agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that urges state legislatures to pass conservative policies. ‘Through ALEC, Global Corporations Are Scheming to Rewrite YOUR Rights and Boost THEIR Revenue,’ the handout read…

“Most of the people I ran into at the Occupy Wall Street protest were twenty-somethings, whereas from the early days the Tea Party movement skewed older and attracted a lot of families. Tea Party rallies took place throughout the nation, including smaller towns and rural communities — where as thus far Occupy Wall Street has been an urban phenomenon. This is important, because on any given day in a large city, there are people protesting stuff — what I saw here wasn’t much different than what I’ve seen many times on any given day when I lived in New York City, in places like Union Square or Columbus Circle. This just happened to be a higher concentration of people in one place. Also, the Tea Party movement’s backlash against big government is a lot closer to a mainstream opinion in America than the socialist, Marxist and anarchist messages of the Occupy Wall Street protesters.”

“In three-weeks time, the Occupy Wall Street crowd has attracted high-profile attention. It has the purported backing of unions like the Teamsters and DC-37, New York City’s largest public employees union. It has attracted Hollywood types who love a good cause to drop in on; and has even generated a discussion group at a convention of liberal leaders taking place in Washington, D.C., this week.

“But the movement has at least one major obstacle to becoming a political force — the administration it would protest is on its side

“[I]t remains to be seen whether the protests will alienate the group into the fringe, leaving Obama looking like a moderate and pushing him toward compromise with the GOP, or whether the president will use the outcry to better position himself as a defender of the middle class — something he’s tried to do recently while rallying his base constituencies.”