Andrew Sullivan believes Obama may be able to use the anti Wall St protests that have now gone global to his advantage:
The question hanging in the air will be the president’s response to the movement. So far, he’s been as vague as the movement itself. But if Obama can reframe his political future as harnessing this street power to hold the powerful accountable, if he can leverage it into passage of the American Jobs Act, and if he can cite this inequality as a reason for major tax reform with entitlement cuts and revenue increases, then Romney suddenly looks like a defensive plutocrat.
I disagree. As much as I support Obama, his record of aquiescence to the banking industry makes him irrelevant in this movement. The Democrats have used anti war sentiment, anti Wall St sentiment and a host of other anti establishment feelings to their advantage, and essentially sold the public down the river. Obama was elected on a wave of populist feeling that spread across the country in response to the hopelessness of the Bush years. While he has done some good, he has done little in the way of serious financial reform or structural change of the economy. Obama surrounded himself with Wall St figures and continued to make legislation based on their interests.
This time it seems, the protests are not concerned with supporting one candidate over another. They are concerned with real change, and unfortunately, the current crop of politicians, including Obama, are incapable of delivering that.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.