I wouldn’t call Jesse a spokesperson for OccupyWallStreet and he wouldn’t either. But, damn, he’s good. Today he was a guest of Christiane Amanpour’s round table on ABC’s This Week. He’s able to derail George Will’s self-reverential bloviating about smaller government, deficit reducing blahdy-blah and he does it with a pugnacious, mischievous delight. I live vicariously through LaGreca because I’ve always wanted to stuff a sock in Will’s mouth and down his esophagous till it emerges from his ass too and I’ll bet I’m not alone.
You can view the video at Hulabaloo here. Scroll down to the bottom video and fast forward to minute marker 4:20. (I’m not familiar with this open source video format so it will take me awhile to find a WordPress friendly version)
Here’s a different video of Jesse at OccupyWallStreet:
Amanpour introduced LaGreca as a DailyKos blogger. Let me take this opportunity to point out that yours truly was booted off DailyKos in January 2008 due to accusations of thought crimes against Obama. It didn’t take long for me to get over it as there were many like minded individuals to join me in the political Oort belt. In a matter of hours, I went from a trusted user with mucho mojo and a not infrequent recommended diarist to instant pariah. Talk about co-opting a movement. If there was ever a movement that was co-opted by the DNC and bent over to take it from the banker backed Obama campaign, it would have to have been DailyKos. It also had no problems letting itself be the conduit for misogyny and using the accusations of racism as a weapon to budgeon people who cared more about the economy and the aftermath of the Bush administration than the wet dreams of self-described “creative class”.
But the worst thing DailyKos did was watch 18,000,000 voters get disenfranchised by their own party and cheer that process on. There is no greater offense that one group of citizens can do to another than to deprive them of their right to be heard and their votes to be taken seriously. It was shameful and disgusting behavior based on the premise that the ends justified the means. Well, congratulations for getting it so stupendously wrong, Markos. Millions of unemployed people around the country can thank you for making their struggle to remain in the middle class that much harder and their opportunity to have their votes counted increasingly obstructed. After all, if a progressive site like DailyKos says nothing, why can’t Ohio or Indiana or Alabama do what they want with their voters?
I wouldn’t go back to DailyKos for anything, and it is unlikely they would want me back. But if I were Jesse LaGreca, I wouldn’t affiliate myself too closely with DailyKos. Forget about the right wingers who will jump on it. DailyKos has destroyed its credibility to the rest of us Democrats in Exile. We here at The Confluence have always associated ourselves with the working class, which in this context is anyone not living off their investments regardless of education, profession or delusions of grandeur. DailyKos started out with good intentions and then spent all of its capital on a presidential candidate who used it to inflict anti-working class policies on the rest of us.
Jesse, you done good. You are a natural. You’re feisty, articulate and clever. But do yourself and us a favor and ixnay on the ailyDay osKay. This is the last time I’ll be posting videos of you until you do.
And Markos owes me and the other Clintonistas an apology for helping to split the party and emasculate the left on Obama’s behalf. Stupidity doesn’t even begin to describe what a mistake that was. He let us and the rest of America down. The best thing that Jesse can do for OccupyWallStreet is distance himself from DailyKos and the stink of the party co-opting the site.