Occupy Wall Street changed the national conversation, the President is emboldened, so it no longer pays to be a Wall Street sycophant.
Congressmen sharing $350 bottles of wine at fancy DC watering holes with freshly-discredited investment sharpies are back to being mere self-interested political simpletons - - always in campaign mode, with their hands out, - - not the puffed-up big thinkers and policy-making genius reformers with fake political personas they seem to have inhabited just a few Tea Party meetings ago.
The Washington Post takes note:
The president has a long way to go, and he is pursuing a strategy now that he resisted for a long time. But it ought to encourage him that Paul Ryan is terribly upset. Telling the truth about inequality is politically wise, and morally necessary.Nothing is forever in politics, or for very long. Scott Walker, et al, take note.