It won’t be a real Democratic convention unless the Occupy Wall Street crowd adopts the next one as its home.
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If that young man goes to Charlotte, it will be on dad’s American Express card, and he’ll insist on a room at (at least) a four-star hotel. He won’t riot: he’ll whine about the injustice found in a bottle of lousy chardonnay.
The OWS crew is a loose collection of iPhone-totin’ tokin’ foodies who would rather walk a mile to get the best sushi than walk a mile in a poor man’s shoes. Seriously, the poor man doesn’t even have a decent pair of ASICS training shoes.
So why not invite the OWS crowd to occupy Charlotte and dominate the convention? Only one reason stands in the way.
Obama cannot be reelected if he remains the face of angry liberalism. The anger — built between George McGovern’s defeat in 1972 and Obama’s election in 2008 — spilled out in a tsunami of legislation aimed at transforming America into a European socialist state. The 2009 stimulus, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank financial “reform,” and so much more were the instruments of relieving the anger.
But even those massive changes to America didn’t relieve the liberals’ anger because it’s part of their character. And because their leader is — and always will be — a deeply angry man.
His polls notwithstanding, the likely nomination of Mitt Romney almost irrelevant, Obama’s greatest fear is that he won’t escape the popular backlash to the angry liberalism that is embedded so deeply in his character. His speeches have revealed too much. The “No Drama Obama” of 2008 has been replaced by the “All-Drama Obama,” the angry accusatory orator of 2011. He daren’t let voters see that in the 2012 Convention or in the campaign that will follow. His only hope is to conceal it.
So, to all the OWS’ers who may by accident read this, let me say that we need to hear from you next year. Go to Charlotte, and not just as protesters. Get a spot as a convention delegate. For those who aren’t delegates, please take your parent’s credit card and buy a good hotel room or a nice Eddie Bauer easy-to-pitch tent and all the gear that you’ll need with it. Camp out in some nice park and hog as much bandwidth for your iPhones and iPads, as much good wine and all the sushi you can find. You’re entitled to it all.
And the Democrats deserve you and thousands like you, in full plumage, in every bit of media time you can grab in Charlotte next September.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?