In an e-mail, one of our regular readers wondered why I hadn’t commented on the Wall Street protests. And my reply was basically this, these rallies aren’t as interesting a phenomenon as they are a meta-phenomenon, interesting only because the media is bending over backwards to find them significant, hoping to find in them some non-right-of-center grassroots movement, that is, an alternative to the Tea Party. (They’ve been looking for such phenomena for some time in coffeehouses without labels.)
“The numbers,” as Roger Simon writes at Pajamas, “aren’t very big, especially for New York, and every generation has its ‘useful idiots.’ I’ve been one myself. The demonstrations appear to be just another float passing by in the grand media parade.”
The protesters — as well as the media covering them — wish they were part of a broader epoch-defining phenomenon when they’re merely a bunch of folks in late adolescence doing what idealistic and unhappy folks in that period of life do: blow off steam in a very public (and presumptuous) manner.
“‘Tahrir Envy,’ indeed,” Roger quips, referencing the recent protests in Egypt which brought down a tyrant:
Everyone wants to be part of the show and the insatiable media needs a subject. Factor in too something that might be called “Tea Party Envy.” The left, historically the ones making the noise, were shocked, appalled and, yes, envious of the Tea Party being the prime focus of attention over the last couple of years. They yelled and screamed imbecilically of racism and now they have a demonstration of their own. (That won’t stop them from screaming racism, of course.)
Read the whole thing.