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A Little Blackmail with Your Protest?

So Nanny Bloomberg — so tough on transfats — has backed down from his threat to evict the protesters in Zuccotti Park after “pressure from elected officials” convinced Brookfield Properties, the park’s owner, to change its mind about sending in the cleaning crews. According to the Wall Street Journal:

“Brookfield got lots of calls from many elected officials threatening them and saying if you don’t stop this we’ll make your life more difficult,” the mayor said on his radio show Friday morning. 

Gee… I wonder which party those “elected officials” belonged to? It couldn’t be that notorious criminal organization masquerading as a political party that’s run New York since Tammany Hall, could it? 

Leaving aside for the moment that the nominally Republican mayor of New York can’t control his own city, what does this say about, you know, “elected officials”? My New York Post column today plays Name That Party:

About the only thing the Tea Party and the unwashed rabble occupying Zuccotti Park have in common is their deep loathing for the financial and political nomenklatura who precipitated the economic collapse of 2008 and — thanks to their generous campaign donations to politicians — have emerged unscathed while the rest of us suffer.

Any other resemblance is purely coincidental.

But that hasn’t stopped the Democrats from desperately latching on to the protesters, hoping to catch some of the lightning in a bottle that propelled the Republicans to their lopsided electoral victories in 2010.

Without the Tea Party (“Tea,” by the way, stands for Taxed Enough Already), the often-clueless GOP leadership would never have wrested control of the House and would not be poised to snatch back the Senate in 13 months — and very likely the White House, too.

So, in a fit of me-tooism, prominent Democrats seem to want to own the Occupy Wall Street crew.

Never underestimate the power of an acid flashback for at least half of the 75 million Baby Boomers — you know, the ones who attended Woodstock, at least they way they remember it. But this still strikes me as a dangerous, not to mention deeply hypocritical, game the establishment Left is playing:

For all Democrats’ desire to co-opt the anger ordinary Americans feel about the endless recession, to tap into seething class envy and to rely on the old “plutocrats = Republicans” meme, the fact is that the Democrats are now the party of the very rich and the very poor.

Further, it’s highly unlikely that the juvenile Occupy movement can ever deliver the electoral strength the Tea Party has.

The Tea Party is a grass-roots mass movement that grew up in spontaneous opposition to the tax-and-spend policies of this administration; Occupy is a whining collection of gullible, entitled, indolent youth and bitter, aging hippies looking to relive the glory days of the ’60s.

One peaceably assembles to sing “God Bless America.” The other vilifies success, screams anti-Semitic slurs and openly advocates violence.

One takes pride in its overt patriotism, works within the political system, asks for nothing but relief from oppressive taxation and regulation and cleans up after itself at every demonstration. The other denounces capitalism, harasses the cops, demands yet more handouts from a government drowning in debt — and wallows in pigsties.

When the mask slips on my beloved cohort, it is a very, very ugly sight. Get used to it: til their last breath they will rage, rage, against the dying of the light.

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.