Does this make the occupiers racist?

(WaPo) — “I’m really encouraged by what I’m seeing. People around the country are finally organizing to stand up to the huge influence of corporations on government and our lives. This kind of citizen reaction to corporate power and corporate greed is long overdue.”

That’s Russ Feingold, who spoke with me yesterday in order to voice his strong support for Occupy Wall Street, making him one of the most prominent liberal Democrats in the country to endorse the protests. Feingold’s strong backing will be seen as significant by the movment’s supporters, because thus far few elected Dems have publicly voiced support for it. . . .

Asked whether the Obama administration and the Democratic Party’s insufficiently confrontational approach towards Wall Street is partly to blame for all the frustration, Feingold noted that there are still signficant differences between the two parties. But he offered Obama some advice.

“The White House should realize that this would be beneficial to the president and his reelection chances if he recognizes how correct the protesters are to be upset,” Feingold said. “It would be a mistake to try to coopt this. I’m hoping a mass movement will encourage the White House to listen to and respond to these concerns. It would be politically smart and the right thing to do.”

“This is like the Tea Party — only it’s real,” Feingold said. “By the time this is over, it will make the Tea Party look like . . . a tea party.”

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