It doesn’t come as a huge surprise that President Obama has decided to embrace the Occupy Wall Street movement. There has always been a certain drum-circle flavor to this administration. In fact, nothing illustrated the point so well as when, a couple of weeks ago (before the president decided that OWS was his ticket to reelection), Vice President Biden referred in a radio interview to one of the agitators as “Van Jones, whoever he is.” The program’s host interjected that Jones was the former “green jobs” czar in the Obama administration. Ah.
But that’s no longer an embarrassment, because the administration and the Democratic party have decided to join (or at least support) the throngs chanting “What do we want? Revolution! When do we want it? Now!” Nancy Pelosi is pleased. “God bless them for their spontaneity.” The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced in a fundraising letter that it is seeking 100,000 signatures on a petition declaring, “I stand with the Occupy Wall Street protests.” And David Plouffe, the president’s senior campaign adviser, sounded upbeat for the first time in a while. “We intend to make it one of the central elements of the campaign next year,” he told the Washington Post. “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.”
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