Durbin: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Movement Will Likely Have ‘Painful’ Growing Process

CHICAGO (CBS) — The “Occupy Wall Street” protests have begun to turn into a nationwide movement. The Democratic Party is taking notice.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday that he can sympathize with the protesters on the need for changes in campaign finance law and for investigations into the lending practices of institutions that received federal bailout money. But he said going beyond demonstrations to fielding Democratic candidates, the way the Tea Party has done in the Republican Party, will not be as easy.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports

“It is possible that they will mature to that level, but each step beyond showing their strong feelings in public becomes more complex and difficult,” he said. “You start getting into internal fights about what we really stand for and how far will we go.”

Durbin said most political movements — small and large — have had to go through that growing process, and said it is “painful.”

Despite that, he said grass-roots movements such as Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party can have an advantage in primary elections, because of a dedicated and loyal following that is motivated to vote when the turnout is usually much smaller than for general elections.

He said the “Occupy” movement has mastered the use of social media to get its point across — and guarantee turnout for its protests.

  • The General Concensus

    Maybe Durbin can persuade his people to demonstrate toward the lawmakers rather than wealthy people. The law makers make the tax laws that the wealthy have to abide by. Only a moron would blame the rich people for being greedy, when they don’t decide how much they pay into the system. NOBODY is going to give up any more than the law dictates.

  • Chivi

    Occupy Chicago has some big cojones!! Keep up the good work guys!! We have to be heard loud and clear and this is the way!!

    • Alex

      Good work? These losers need to find something constructive to do with their time. Whining that the economy is bad isn’t going to change anything in the long run.

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