Emmett Tyrrell

Yet you need not take my word for it. Consider the polling done by Douglas Schoen, a pollster who served under President Bill Clinton and is doubtless still a loyal Democrat. He polled the Zuccotti Park patriots and found that "the movement doesn't represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of the wealth, civil disobedience, and, in some instances, violence."

As for Americans in general, they aren't so high on the folks in the park. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken between Oct. 15 and 16 found that 22 percent approved of the movement's goals, 15 percent disapproved and 63 percent said they did not know enough about the movement to make a judgment.

It doesn't sound like the Occupiers are making much headway with the average American. But they are making headway with liberal Democrats. White House adviser David Plouffe says, "The protests you're seeing are the same conversations people are having in living rooms and kitchens across America ... People are frustrated by an economy that does not reward hard work and responsibility, where Wall Street and Main Street don't seem to play by the same set of rules." And the brightest president in American history has said, "I think people are frustrated. And the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works."

Once again, the Taranto Principle is vindicated.


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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