So did you see that bit where former Clinton pollster and Fox News Democrat Douglas Schoen surveyed the Occupy Wall Street protesters and analyzed the results in the Wall Street Journal? As befits a Fox talking head writing in the WSJ -- for that matter, as befits a former Clinton pollster -- Schoen is all "oh my stars and garters, not only do these people have honest-to-betsy completely different views than Republicans, they don't have the good sense to hide and/or apologize for their beliefs like good little Democrats, so they're only going to make swing voters uncomfortable, and Democratic politicians best stay as far away from the protests as they can" (paraphrasing there, but not much) and on and blitheringly on in a caricature of Democratic establishment cowardice that has done so much to facilitate the political success of right-wing policies for the last, oh, 40 years.
The loathsomeness of his analysis notwithstanding, some of Schoen's raw survey results are mighty interesting. For instance, asked the open-ended question, "What would you like to see the Occupy Wall Street movement achieve?" the single most common response -- and at 35 percent easily the most popular answer -- was something having to do with "influencing the Democratic Party the way the Tea Party has influenced the GOP."
Which, as it happens, is what your Gleaner's column in this week's CityLife is about. Incorporating an interview/exchange of ideas with Democratic state Sen. Sheila Leslie, the column hopefully wonders if the Occupy movement can reframe the priorities of Harry Reid Holdings, Inc., er, I mean, the Nevada Democratic Party, and if so, how might that happen, exactly, hmm?