I keep seeing people making statements like this one from Katrina vanden Heuvel:
But Occupy is a protest movement — one that has transformed the landscape of politics, by forcing the country to face the reality of entrenched inequality and power and address what should be done about it.
Seriously? I guess that’s not as over the top as declaring that OWS is just like Christianity minus Christ, but it’s still not accurate.
Occupy Wall Street started slightly over two months ago. What did it accomplish?
Elections won: none
Regulations: none (unless you count the new Zuccotti Rules)
Sure, they’ve gotten a lot of airplay lately, but so has Kim Kardashian, and her 72 day marriage lasted longer than the “occupation” of Zuccotti Park. And in both cases the coverage has not been entirely positive.
As for numbers, the highest estimates for last week’s Mother Of All Protests drew less people than the average home game at nearby Yankee Stadium.
Now the latest spin is that OWS isn’t political.
WTF? A non-political protest against government?
Then there are the tin foil hat brigades who are convinced that the media is out to make OWS look bad.
I hate to break it to them, but the Occupiers didn’t need any help in making themselves look bad.
Here is my prediction: The OWS true believers will remain true believers. They will blame others (including us) for the failure of the movement.
Koolaid is a helluva drug.