Conservative commentator George Will wished the Occupy Wall Street movement “long life and ample publicity” Sunday while explaining how the movement could hurt Democrats’ electoral prospects.
“[T]he tea party was the bourgeoisie in revolt and they immediately went into the business of winning elections and running candidates,” Will said on ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.” (RELATED: George Will: Cain’s Florida straw poll ’caused liberals’ heads to explode’)
“I disagree with some of the Republicans. I wish the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators long life and ample publicity for two reasons: I think they do represent the intellectual spirit of the American left, but also I remember 1960s. We had four years of demonstrations like this led up to 1968 when the Nixon/Wallace vote was 57 percent — the country reacting against demonstrators, and Republicans went on to win five of the next six presidential elections.”