Well, we knew it early, and we were among the first to express our skepticism about the Occupy Wall Street protests and their city-occupied cohorts. We’ve spent weeks fleshing out the organizers and analyzing the media response. Now comes Team Obama to announce openly their intentions to co-opt the movement. From The Washington Post:
“We intend to make it one of the central elements of the campaign next year,” Obama senior adviser David Plouffe said in an interview. “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 added.
Of course, they’re still pushing the canard that Romney is the one to beat. It’s so interesting to see this transparent administration try to pick its own opponent. Let’s hope GOP voters are wise to it.
Many Democrats consider Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, the greatest threat to Obama when it comes to wooing centrist independents next year, and Romney this week has begun to present himself as a champion of middle-income Americans.
WaPo acknowledges the strategy to co-opt OWS comes with risks for Obama:
But the strategy of channeling anti-Wall Street anger carries risks. Many of Obama’s senior advisers have ties to the financial industry — a point that makes Occupy protesters wary of the president and his party.
We need to hit that data and hit it hard. Maybe a map of the Wall Street connections within the White House? And a reminder of history, of what real populism looks like. Huey Long comes to mind:
They’ve got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side, but no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen. (1932)