Occupy the Hamptons
Occupy Wall Street
On Sunday, with temperatures hovering around 85 degrees, the Occupy Wall Street movement headed Out East to protest Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s $50,000 a plate dinner at the Southampton home of billionaire David Koch— one of three local fundraisers expected to raise a cumulative $3 million over the weekend.
Shouting “Election for sale” and “For $50,000, you could be a Koch whore too,” the crowd of approximately 150 people assembled with signs and music behind a banner reading “Mitt Romney Has a Koch Problem,” the event’s unofficial slogan. A similar banner was flown above the nearby beach, towed behind a MoveOn-commissioned plane. That organization also brought its Romney Mobile, complete with fake dog strapped to the roof and company logos such as UBS and Bain Capital Ventures on the side.
More than an anti-Romney protest, the focus was on Koch and the influence of wealth on the electoral system. Signs read “Romney is All Koched Up” and “End Corporate Personhood” while a balloon was scrawled with “Romney = Koch Sucker” (the protestors apparently wanting it both ways, pun-wise, when it came to Mr. Koch’s surname).
You can still see traces of the Occupy Wall Street encampment that once stood in Zuccotti Park—a contingent of police officers by the plaza’s entrance and an NYPD watchtower standing guard on Zuccotti’s
northern edge. However, the protesters who made this park their home before being evicted by the police last November are largely gone and the news trucks that formerly stationed themselves outside have departed in favor of a Chabad Mitzvah Tank.
On a recent afternoon at Zuccotti, The Observer encountered handful of tourists and businessmen on lunch breaks but there was nary a demonstrator in sight. At nearby Federal Hall, there were about 11 Occupiers holding signs and sitting on the steps. On the street below, workers were seemingly oblivious to the Occupiers in their midst.
“You’re a Republican?” a suited man asked his friend as they briskly passed by. “Good man!”
Seven months into the movement, the Wall Street that protesters are ostensibly trying to occupy has become inured to the spectacle of carnivalesque protests, demonstrators sleeping on sidewalks and mass arrests. And it seems the rest of the city has too. The protesters are in danger of becoming just another discordant note in the daily din that New Yorkers are so adept at tuning out, like panhandlers, street performers, sidewalk preachers and the other distractions of urban life.
ALBANY—Wednesday night it was left-leaning demonstrators pushing him on health care. Today, Representative Scott Murphy is in the cross hairs of the National Republican Congressional Committee over the proposed health care restructuring.
The NRCC is sending robocalls to voters in the 20th district–where Murphy was elected this spring to succeed Kirsten Read More
"I’ve often heard people say it doesn’t matter who you vote for, they’re all the same," said Jimmy Ellis, a 56-year-old MoveOn.Org member and host of a calling party Thursday night for Barack Obama in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. "But now, since the election in 2000, I think we can see really clearly, even if you don’t Read More
DENVER—Art is to presidential politics what food rations are to war—a necessary component of the enterprise, but nothing one would choose to consume under normal circumstances. In this, as in so many ways, Barack Obama’s campaign is different.
Early on, Mr. Obama captured the fancy of the bicoastal artistic community, and he’s gone Read More
MoveOn, the online network that connects more than 3 million progressives nationwide , has officially endorsed Barack Obama. This may seem like a big deal, since MoveOn has 1.7 million members in the 22 states that will vote next Tuesday, but it probably won’t amount to much.
MoveOn’s members, on the whole, are Read More
For much of last week, The New York Times was defending itself against charges they gave a special rate for a controversial full-page ad to the liberal antiwar group, MoveOn.org.
The ad, with the headline "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?", elicited outraged responses from President George W. Bush, Rudolph Giuliani and other Republicans, and Read More
Rudy Giuliani has a new radio ad in which he (once again) embraces the attacks on him by MoveOn.org.
Here’s the script.
Voiceover: MoveOn.org is the most powerful left wing group in the country. They spent millions electing anti-war liberals. And publicly brag how the Democratic Party is theirs – bought and paid Read More
Rudy Giuliani's first web ad, attacking Hillary Clinton for shifting her position on the war and refusing to speak out against MoveOn.org for it's 'Petraeus or Betray Us' ad, is up on his campaign web site.
Here's the script for "She Changed."
NARRATOR: "In 2002, Hillary Clinton voted to authorize military Read More
Here, fresh off the “Betray Us” stuff, is a new ad from MoveOn.org attacking President Bush's latest Iraq plan. Read More