From THE HILL:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) described Wall Street protesters as a mob on Friday and implied Democrats were egging them on.
In a speech to the conservative Values Voter Summit, Cantor said he was “increasingly concerned by the growing mobs” and criticized Democrats who have showered praise on the protesters in New York and other cities.
“Some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans,” Cantor said.
Funny how he never seemed to have a problem with the Teabaggers or the bullshit of Rethugs trying to diss Democrats by consistently saying the Democrat party instead of Democratic. Pettiness and derision and division seem to be just fine with widdle Ewic Token Cantaw until someone picks on his rich buddies.
The “Occupy Wall Street” movement that started in mid-September in New York City’s financial district has since spread to cities throughout the United States, including Washington. Protesters say they are angry about economic inequality, corporate greed and the influence of money on American politics.
Some GOP presidential candidates have taken a harder line. Mitt Romney called the movement class warfare and said it was dangerous, while Herman Cain called the protesters “un-American.”
Rick Santorum offered Obama some unsolicited advice, recommending that he distance himself from the protesters.
From the Atlantic wire:
Protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement are “jealous” and “playing the victim card,” Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain said on Sunday, in an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“To protest Wall Street and the bankers is basically saying you’re anti-capitalism,” Cain said, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
The Times notes that responses to the protesters are starting to break along partisan lines. Cain accused labor unions of helping to arrange the demonstrations, and depicted the rallies as calculated attempts to distract voters from the economic slump that is imperiling President Barack Obama’s chances of reelection.
Not to be outdone, Rep. Michele Bachmann issued a similar message: Don’t blame Wall Street; blame Obama.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, by contrast, sided with the protesters this week, noting that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor hadn’t been vocally opposed to protests when the protesters were members of the conservative Tea Party movement. (Cain, too, is something of a darling to Tea Party activists, who helped him win a Florida straw poll last month.)
Venerable New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin saw a parallel to the civil rights movement of the 1960s in the marches. Breslin sees the “spirit of Selma” alive in the demonstrations, and digs into a closet full of old notebooks to reveal a quote he took from a 10-year-old girl watching that march in 1965 in Alabama: “I know why you marchin’. I know it good.”
Other initial skeptics are coming around, including Michelle Singletary of The Washington Post, who noted that the demonstrators have received words of sympathy from some of the people wielding the very power they resent, including Obama and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke.