March 7, 2012
Whatever happened to Occupy Wall Street? Are you folks still out there? Yes, the economy seems to be improving and thus the power of your message has been slightly blunted. But as a political force that could rally the nation on behalf of the 99%, who tend not to contribute huge sums to campaigns and so have less influence than their numbers deserve, you're still badly needed. In Los Angeles and nationwide, there are still sputtering signs that the Occupy movement hasn't disappeared.
January 28, 2012 |
As Brenda Mulberry stepped into the natural-food grocery in Cocoa Beach this week, she paused to tick off elements of her shopping list for a candidate in Tuesday's Florida primary. Electability was at the top, and for that reason she's backing Mitt Romney. Mulberry, 53, owns a small business manufacturing souvenir T-shirts, so she appreciates Romney's moneymaking skills and thinks critics should stop attacking him simply because he's rich. As for Newt Gingrich, Mulberry is certain the thrice-married former House speaker would lose in November.
January 12, 2012 |
Slowly but surely, Mitt Romney is shoring up his right flank. His campaign announced Thursday that he's been endorsed by John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush. Bolton, whose outspoken views on national security earned him fans among conservatives and critics elsewhere, briefly flirted with a presidential bid of his own. He also became strongly identified with the tea party movement as it rose to prominence in 2009 and 2010.
November 3, 2011 |
Occupy Wall Street is not likely to have the kind of effect on Democratic politics that the "tea party" movement has had in the GOP, a leading Democratic strategist said Thursday. Still, you can expect to hear Democrats focusing on some of the issues that have driven the nationwide gatherings, at least in Senate races in 2012. "Part of the reason I think the Occupy Wall Street movement is popular is because there is a general frustration with the growing income disparity in this country," Guy Cecil, the executive director of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, told reporters at a breakfast gathering hosted by the centrist think tank Third Way. "This frustration exists far beyond just the folks that come out ... for Occupy Wall Street.
October 11, 2011 |
In Tuesday evening's presidential debate from New Hampshire, Mitt Romney defended the Wall Street bailouts - the No. 1 target of conservative and tea party rage. Romney said the bailouts had been mismanaged, but he supported the actions taken by the George W. Bush administration to “make sure you don't lose the country and you don't lose the financial system.” The debate, at Dartmouth College in Hanover, was sponsored by Bloomberg and the Washington Post. “We could have had a complete meltdown,” Romney said.
October 3, 2011 |
Those who think that the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement is just a traffic annoyance with nowhere to go should remember that the same was said at one time about protest movements around the world throughout history, including the tea party movement in the United States. In the nation's capital, progressives on Monday kicked off their “Take Back the American Dream” conference at which the almost month-old Occupy Wall Street movement was one of the topics of discussion. Over the weekend, demonstrations of one sort or another were held in at least half a dozen cities, including New York, where 700 were arrested.