We are having one of those climate change Bay Area summers which is like the warmest winter Mark Twain ever witnessed, only more so. It rained well into May, there were only a couple of heat waves, and it’s already raining again. I had to go to the City last week to see my dentist; there I ran into a sad encampment of Occupy San Francisco. Their tent city took up about a half of a small city block. They erected their tents to keep dry and two guys were screaming something illegible into a loudspeaker.
Considering that San Francisco is the home base of the far left, a demonstration with less than a 10,000 turn out should be considered a failure.
Some speculate that Occupy movement is astroturf, pointing out that George Soros finances Adbusters, the Canadian magazine that promotes the Occupy Wall Street movement. They might as well be astroturfed by Karl Rove or the Koch brothers. While it’s true that Adbusters is partially financed through Soros’s Tides Foundation, I doubt it’s possible to be a marginally successful lefty publication and not receive money from the mogul. I don’t think Adbusters were getting their ideas from either Soros or the organized labor or the Democratic party.
The Day of Rage, which was intended to be a send off of the Occupy movement was a colossal failure. Adbusters wanted 20,000 to march in New York, but even by the most generous estimates no more then 2,000 goofballs showed up. The more adventurous occupiers decided to dig in at Zuccotti Park until their to-be- determined demands are met. But really, who sets up an outdoor camp just in time for Indian summer? These and other rookie mistakes point to the fact that Occupy is, in fact, an authentic anarchist movement.
Adbusters fans proved that the lack of amenities are not a deterrent if one can use a McDonnald’s bathroom. They proved that they are going to hang in there as long as the cameras are around, and the cameras, of course, kept rolling. So now Democratic politicians have chimed in and union leaders, which, I’m sure, knew about the protesters all along but couldn’t be bothered to acknowledge them, expressed interest in the movement. Only the numbers to match the Tea Party are still not there.
I don’t see how it is in Democrats’ interest to keep this movement around. What Democrats need to do is to give anarchists a pat on the back and send them on their merry way. We already know that the far left is disappointed with Obama. The last thing Democrats need is having to keep placating them when the President urgently needs to move to the center. Me, on the other hand, I’m enjoying the spectacle, and I hope Rosanne Barr, who recently visited the bums, emerges as a credible far left alternative to Barack Hussein Obama.