Occupy backlash: Will the ‘Silent Majority’ rise again?

Is Richard Nixon, ensconced in the afterlife and watching what’s going on right now in the United States, savoring the fact that the East Coast political and media establishment are once again going to be exposed as hopelessly out of sync with how Americans think — just as they were in 1968 and 1972 in not understanding what Nixon called the “silent majority”? I think so. As I’ve watched coverage of Occupy protesters in California making life hell for commuters in Los Angeles, hassling Black Friday shoppers in San Bernardino and Orange County, and costing hundreds of middle-class truck owner-operators millions of dollars at Oakland’s port, I can’t help but think this abuse of the “99 percent” by those who pretend to be their defenders will affect our politics.