Repubs insult, then try to co-opt, Occupy Wall Street

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October 12, 2011
The Nation
by Ben Adler  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"When it comes to how to react to Occupy Wall Street national Republicans are mostly working from the same, slightly strange, playbook: attack the protesters in tones that are either haughtily dismissive or alarmist fear-mongering, and then retreat from it, attempting to co-opt their anger. It started with House majority leader Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA), who referred to the protesters in a speech last Friday to the Values Voter Summit as 'growing mobs' that are 'pitting ... Americans against Americans.' When asked on Tuesday about his statement, he declined to repeat it, saying: 'People are upset, and they’re justifiably frustrated. They’re out of work.'" (10/11/11)  

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