Wall Street protests present political dilemma

AP News

10/14/2011 1:43:16 PM - AP News
WASHINGTON (AP) — A month after the Wall Street protests began, the political establishment is struggling to understand the ramifications of the growing movement.It's unclear whether the demonstrations will have long-lasting consequences or play a large role in the 2012 elections.Democrats have been largely supportive of the so-called "Occupy Wall Street" protesters, who have referred to themselves as the "99 percent," or majority of people who do not fall into the nation's wealthiest category.Republicans were critical of the movement but have shifted their tone in recent days.With the focus on the middle class, some Democrats say the protests could help the party's message next year. But others say they shouldn't try to co-opt the movement, which includes people critical of Obama's handling of the financial crisis.