Occupy Post-Mortem

Wait, I wasn't done yet! Mic check! MIC CHECK!

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

Candidates: none

Legislation: 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.

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71 Responses to Occupy Post-Mortem

  1. votermom says:

    Awesome post.

    But where is your second blockquote from?

    (Btw, RD’s post about OWS being just like early Christianity is priceless. Simply priceless. LMFAO)

  2. votermom says:

    • DandyTiger says:

      Was going to say bingo. But they did accomplish one thing. Distraction. A lot of distraction among liberals so they didn’t focus on the current possibly impeachable investigations of the white house. And distraction among liberals so they didn’t have time to think about primarying Obama.

      • jjmtacoma says:

        Yes, thanks – that is what irritates me. All this is taking place while the special commission on screwing the middle class is at work too.

        Protest to your heart’s content but don’t forget to pay attention. In some ways, OWS seems like the world’s biggest pity party.

  3. elliesmom says:

    Are the same people who hacked into Anthony Weiner’s computer and sent women pictures of someone else in his underwear behind this conspiracy to smear OWS?

    • myiq2xu says:

      I felt really bad for Joe Cannon on that one – he put together a really good case that it wasn’t Weiner’s wiener in the picture, then Weiner confessed.

      • elliesmom says:

        I usually enjoy reading Joe’s blog, but he doesn’t learn from his mistakes. Letting go of one’s illusions is hard, but the clarity that comes after is worth it. He wanted to believe in Weiner’s innocence so badly that he lost his perspective, and he’s spinning out here, too The OWS movement doesn’t have to be 100% beyond reproach to make a difference. To insist that it is and that every bad actor is from Fox News central casting or every negative report the result of a conspiracy to shut OWS down is detrimental to their cause. It supports the idea that OWS is a cult in the making. I keep looking for left’s equivalent of Rev. Moon to emerge.

        • DandyTiger says:

          He has. His name is Obama. He’s just still behind the scenes in OWS. But with the right cult practices, they could move people emotionally towards worshiping Obama, even some former hold-outs to the cult of Obama.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Joe is puzzling. Some times he has a good idea and sounds reasonable. Other times he seems to be channeling an alien from Mars.

        • Pips says:

          Amazing isn’t it? With some bloggers one moment you think “Brilliant!” The next … “WTF!” 😯

  4. votermom says:

  5. Lola-at-Large says:

    Anybody notice yet that Tahrir Square re-erupted in protest over the weekend, a lot of people died, and OWS doesn’t care, even though they promote themselves as “America’s Tahrir Square?”

  6. dorkle says:

    I wonder if OWS will try to interrupt Black Friday; it’s right up their alley as they hate capitalism. Plus, I want to see if they have the balls to try it because people on Black Friday shopping are vicious. lol

  7. elliesmom says:

    The thing that fascinates me most about OWS is that it has that same blank slate quality that Obama had. I have friends who, while not interested in pitching a tent in the park, claim to support OWS. But when I ask them what part of the OWS movement they support, they tell me all about a cause that has been near and dear to their hearts for years. “I support OWS because I’m for gay marriage.” “I support OWS because they want education reformed.” When I ask them where OWS is working for whatever that cause is, they say, “It’s in there. Wait, you’ll see.” A commenter at RD’s place said that she was disillusioned with OWS because after she attended a general assembly meeting, she realized that a lot of people were there because they wanted fresh meat for a cause they had been working for for a long time. OWS – Whatever you want it to be as long as it helps Obama get re-elected. I’m interested to see what happens after the public service unions highjack the name to take to the streets in DC to get Obama’s jobs bill passed in early December.

  8. Lola-at-Large says:

    Oh look, it’s a Monday double feature:

    When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable? (Chait)

    When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality? (Frum)

    • DandyTiger says:

      Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez should do a drive-in movie about these types of pundits. Complete with chainsaws and zombies.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Ha! That would be awesome, except for all the fake boobs. I mean, do you really need ’em with boobs like this?

    • dorkle says:

      Oh, geez. I used to read NY Magazine, too. I cancelled my subscription years ago because they started doing these People magazine type kiss-ass articles. /embarrassed

      Really, if you have to bring up all those former President’s just to excuse and defend Obama, then you’re pretty pathetic.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Ahahahahaha! These are now the top two stories on Memeorandum. Can I call ’em or what? Shoulda written a post about them, but danged if I couldn’t make myself care enough.

  9. Lola-at-Large says:

    Help! Two links put me in moderationland. I don’t have the ability to approve comments. Sorry, and thanks!

  10. HELENK says:


    I had read about this last week. So they shut down all the west coast ports, since a lot of the exports from the west coast is agriculture, they manage to hurt the farmer, the dockworkers who lose pay, the stores that are waiting for goods.
    way to go hurt mainly those who need the salary that the owies are costing them

  11. HELENK says:

    while the owies interfer with small business in the area of their camps and cost everyday workers money there is this


  12. HELENK says:


    Restructure the head start program.

    Problem BUSH DID IT

    in 2007 , congress passed a restructure headstart bill and Bush signed it

    • myiq2xu says:

      Out of money, an OWS protester uses an ATM and it asks if he will accept a $1 fee. He knows the money will just go to a greedy, corrupt bank. Does he hit “Yes”?
      Sure, it’s his parents’ card anyway.

      A criminal, an OWS protester, and a former ACORN staffer climb into a tent.
      It’s a one-person tent.

      A weary OWS protester returns to college.
      Roommate: “How are you?”
      Protester: “Not so great. I have body lice, the flu, and a screaming case of gonorrhea.”
      Roommate: “You caught the flu?”

      What’s the difference between Barack Obama’s nebulous whatever-you-want-it-to-mean 2008 campaign and OWS?
      Three years.

      What’s the difference between the NBA and OWS?
      People are waiting for one to come back and for the other to go away.

      What’s the difference between soccer and OWS?

  13. votermom says:

  14. HELENK says:


    UC Davis police chief put on leave after pepper spray incident

  15. HELENK says:

    Now this is funny
    occupy flint sings “I’m my own worst enemy”
    They do not even get the irony


  16. HELENK says:

    backtrack’s owie army hates to get up in the morning,
    choke wake up drummer and take hammer to his drum


  17. Three Wickets says:

    You may have seen this, but Frank Rich is certifiable. What Killed JFK: The hate that ended his presidency is eerily familiar.

    It’s as startling as that “You lie!” piercing the solemnity of a presidential address like a gunshot—or the actual gunshots fired at the White House last week by another wretched waif. In the end, that political backdrop is what our 44th and 35th presidents may have most in common. The tragedy of the Kennedy cult is that even as it fades, the hothouse brand of American malice that stalked its hero stalks our country still.

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