We don’t get what’s going on with the administration’s strategy of embracing OWS. Reasons: (a) there are twice as many conservatives than there are liberals in the United States, 40-20% or more; (b) moreover, according to Democrat observers, Independents are much closer to the R party than the D party, further increasing the dominance of conservatism in the electorate; and (c) here’s Joe Klein of all people talking about OWS, which “includes a generous measure of weirdos, ideologues and free-range troublemakers. A recent, unscientific New York magazine poll of 100 demonstrators found that 34% believed the U.S. government is no better than al-Qaeda.” (These findings are consistent with Doug Schoen’s.)
So we’re a center-right country, moving more right, and even committed liberals like Joe Klein can see that OWS are losers and worse. So what’s the administration’s strategy here? There may be some allies of the administration who envision that OWS protests may lead to increasing levels of violence one way or the other and that this will inure to the benefit of the D’s as the proletariat rises up. But the country described in the paragraph above is neither Venezuela nor Cuba. In a bid to restore order, it’s hard to see a majority choosing left-wing authoritarianism. A greater probability is the opposite outcome. Again, what’s the strategy here?