The Left (up to and including President Obama) indulges in the fantasy that the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations is the progressive alternative to the Tea Party, which has influenced policy and decided elections. George Will at Investor's Business Daily begs to differ.
"The Tea Party's splendid successes, which have altered the nation's political vocabulary and agenda, have inspired a counter-movement — Occupy Wall Street. Conservatives should rejoice and wish for it long life, abundant publicity and sufficient organization to endorse congressional candidates deemed worthy. All Democrats eager for OWS' imprimatur, step forward.
"In scale, OWS' demonstrations-cum-encampments are to Tea Party events as Pittsburg, Kan., is to Pittsburgh, Pa. So far, probably fewer people have participated in all of them combined than attended just one Tea Party rally, that of Sept. 12, 2009, on the Mall in Washington. In comportment, OWS is to the Tea Party as Lady Gaga is to Lord Chesterfield: Blocking the Brooklyn Bridge was not persuasion modeled on Tea Party tactics...."