Robert McCartney’s commentary on D.C.’s Occupiers — and the diversity of the movement and its leadership — accurately captured much of the current situation [“Friction creates static in D.C. Occupiers’ message,” Metro, Dec. 11]. There is, however, an important caveat.
No one need worry that the labor movement will co-opt them into “traditional electoral politics” or that they’ll become “drones for Obama.” However, if the Occupy movement misses an opportunity to affect the 2012 elections, it will have made a strategic mistake. The important question is how to maximize that impact; another is which candidates to support. The challenge with politics is that it forces one to make choices, and sometimes one choice is only a little better than the other.