In his recent column “Occupy Our Consciences” – Washington Post writer, southeast Massachusetts native E. J. Dionne sees the “Occupy” movement as ready to move on to a new phase. He urges the movement not to let conservatives drive a wedge between working-class voters and the occupiers as Nixon did back in the 1960s – rather seize an opportunity and based on its slogan – “We are the 99 percent” – move forward.
Dionne notes how the local Massachusetts GOP is doing its part for the Karl Rove types:
That’s the theme of an outrageous advertisement assailing Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren by Crossroads GPS, the group associated with Karl Rove. It accuses Warren, a Democrat, of siding with occupiers who “attack police, do drugs and trash public parks.”
Notice that this is an effort to bury the movement’s apt criticisms of the financial system beneath a pile of stereotypes. The Massachusetts Republican Party is reinforcing the message with regular “Occupy Wall Street Incident Reports” about anything bad that happens at demonstrations around the country. They run under a logo casting Warren as the “Matriarch of Mayhem,” in honor of her statement that she had created “much of the intellectual foundation” for the new movement.
To her credit, Warren has not backed off her support for the movement’s core ideas or goals. She has, however, emphasized that the demonstrators should obey the law.
He ends his piece:
“The occupations have done their work. Now it’s time to occupy the majority.”
Read the full article here at washingtonpost.com.