The basic premise of the Occupations, including Occupy DC, is that they, the "99%", are not being heard in elections, so they must impose themselves on spaces where they are not welcome in order to force their message out. It's a strategy reminiscent of George Lincoln Rockwell's Phase One for the American Nazi Party, and I expect it to be just as ineffective at achieving meaningful policy change.
What's worse than that though is when the occupiers can't even manage to occupy anything. They can't even execute their strategy, let alone see it through to policy results. That's what happened tonight when they tried to Occupy CPAC. They failed, badly.
The back entrance of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel was the Occupiers' target. I had a great view, being on the second floor, just above that back entrance. They caught my attention because they were in fact there, briefly.
Then the police came in strength, including some officers from the Truancy Division. Yes, these kiddies got pushed back, and then a wall of looked to be about 10 cops, backed by about what looked like a dozen cars and vans, blocked the driveway, keeping the occupiers out.
All is now quiet in my room, because the Occupiers failed. There were few of them, and they are far from the hotel. I grabbed a couple of pictures. Forgive any poor quality; I just used an iPhone and am composing this post with my iPhone and iPad. These are not my best tools, so what I can do with this situation is limited.
Here is the bottom of the back driveway of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. As you can see, there are more conservatives watching the occupiers than there are occupiers. And they're not really near the hotel anymore.
P.S. "Hey, hey, ho, ho, CPAC has got to go?" Seriously? That's the best you can do on Friday night, after the headline speakers all already spoke? As they said in the comic Wondermark, "It's a good life, having idiots hate you."