Thursday, November 8, 2012

Quote of the day: Changing the rhetorical paradigm

Occupy changed the national dialogue. Willard Romney's surreptitiously taped comments about "the 47 percent" would not have had the resonance they did had the Occupy movement not gotten the country talking about the 99 percent and the one percent. It created a new rhetorical paradigm that simply would not have been there had it not been originally shouted at the correct buildings. And it was that new paradigm that triumphed Tuesday night.
- Charles Pierce, tallying up the influence of Occupy on the Massachusetts Senate race, the Wisconsin Senate the Ohio Senate race, the Ohio Senate race, the Obama victory in Ohio, and the defeat of Romney -- all by “shouting at the right buildings.”

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