Want to know who said what this week about the protests? Here’s a little Occupy Wall Street quiz.
1. “I for one am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country.”
2. “I think it expresses the frustration the American people feel.”
3. “They blame, with some justification, the problems in the financial sector for getting us into this mess, and they’re dissatisfied with the policy response here in Washington. And at some level, I can’t blame them.”
4. “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!”
5. “We are the 1 percent.”
6. “God bless them for their spontaneity. It’s young, it’s spontaneous, it’s focused and it’s going to be effective.”
7. “This is like the Tea Party — only it’s real. By the time this is over, it will make the Tea Party look like … a tea party.”
8. “I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare.”
9. “What they’re trying to do is take away the jobs of people working in the city, take away the tax base that we have.”
10. “I’m very, very understanding of where they’re coming from.”
(Answers: 1. Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader 2. President Barack Obama 3. Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve 4. Herman Cain, Republican presidential candidate 5. Signs taped to the windows on the eighth floor of Chicago’s Board of Trade building. 6. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader 7. Russ Feingold, former Democratic senator 8. Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate 9. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg 10. Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts)
If you look at the results, you’ll see a sort of historically familiar pattern: Democrats sympathizing with the protestors, Republicans railing against them and Michael Bloomberg worrying about his city’s tax base.