New York Times:
On Wall Street, a Protest Matures
“I think a good deal of the bankers should be in jail.”
That is what Andrew Cole, an unemployed 24-year-old graduate of Bucknell University, told me Monday morning in Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Mr. Cole, an articulate young man dressed in jeans, a sweatshirt and with a blue wool beanie on his head, had just arrived by bus from Madison, Wis., where he recently lost his job.
Oh, poor baby!
Oh, wait! Professor Jacobson:
The New York Times does not tell us where Cole was working prior to being laid off. Must be construction, or perhaps one of those state workers brutalized by the evil Gov. Scott Walker and the Koch Brothers. Or perhaps some heartless business which puts profits over people.
No, a simple Google search reveals that Cole is a professional progressive operative, having worked — according to his LinkedIn profile – for the past three years for the Progressive Patriots Fund, which he still lists at his employer:
September 2008 – Present (3 years 2 months)
Trained and dispatched by Senator Russ Feingold’s PAC to work in the field for Eric Massa’s congressional campaign in New York’s 29th district. Responsibilities included volunteer recruitment, voter contact, and coordinating the GOTV push for a campaign satellite office in Canandaigua, NY.
There’s more, but you gotta go over to Legal Insurrection to read it.
Now you might say that proves nothing. Maybe.
But I know someone who gave a measly $500 to a Republican candidate once, and eight years later that fact was offered as proof that the entire PUMA movement was a GOP ratfucking operation.
She wasn’t a professional political operative. Andrew Cole is.