Anybody who had a camera was at Five Points in downtown Atlanta on Friday, recording the finger-waggling process of the Southern version of Occupy Wall Street.
That included a conservative blogger who recorded – and chortled over – that crowd’s decision to block U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ request to address them. The YouTube clip already has 176,000 hits:
After being blocked by the crowd, Lewis talked with a CBS Atlanta crew:
“I was going to say, I stand with you. I support you, what you’re down,” said Lewis….
The Associated Press had a weekend piece on the way that activists from ‘60s are looking at Occupy Wall Street. Material included this from former Atlanta mayor and Martin Luther King Jr. lieutenant Andrew Young:
“There’s a difference between an emotional outcry and a movement,” said Andrew Young, who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a strategist during the civil rights movement and served as mayor of Atlanta and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. “This is an emotional outcry. The difference is organization and articulation.”
….Ambassador Young said that to be effective, the protests need a serious discussion component and that leadership needs to emerge.
“I can understand people being frustrated with Wall Street, but this just needs to be more than people voicing their frustrations and a few leaders having their 15 minutes of fame,” he said. “It is important for those who have thought through their values and objections to somehow be heard.”
In an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain compared his decision to run to that of Moses of burning bush fame – and declared himself ready for increased scrutiny:
“I’m ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions and they’re already starting to come. And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say you know, I don’t know. Do you know? And then I’m going to say how’s that going to create one job? I want to focus on the top priorities of this country. That’s what leaders do.
“… Knowing who is the head of some of these small insignificant states around the world I don’t think that is something that is critical to focusing on national security and getting this economy going. When I get ready to go visit that country I’ll know who it is but until then I want to focus on the big issues that we need to solve.”
Somewhere in Foggy Bottom, a diplomat just sighed.
A sign that someone from Georgia is eating Michele Bachmann’s lunch, from the Rochester, Minn., Post-Bulletin:
BLOOMINGTON — A surprise address from Herman Cain to Republican delegates paid off, with the Georgia businessman scoring big in the Minnesota GOP straw poll.
Cain won the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference straw poll with 52.6 percent of the vote. Minnesota native Michele Bachmann was a distant second with 12.2 percent.
Cain was the only candidate who addressed the delegates, speaking to them via Skype.com. That won over Rochester area Republicans, who joined 1,500 other delegates at the conference.
We’re told that House members outshone members of the Senate on Saturday at a first-of-its-kind livestock competition at the Georgia State Fair in Perry. Pictured in their overalls are (left to right) Ben Fry of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, state Rep Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, and state Sen. Fred Ginn, R-Danielsville:
Former House Republican leader Bob Irvin of Atlanta has let it be known that he won’t be among those trying to wrest a Senate seat from Democrat Doug Stoner of Smyrna. He cites business reasons.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider