"It’s the economy, stupid." "No new taxes." "Four more years." "Change we can believe in." In modern politics, a campaign is dead in the water if it does not have a clear, concise message that can be expressed with the economy of a soundbite. One constant criticism of the movement loosely started by the Occupy Wall Street protests in Manhattan is that they lack such a coherent message. But is that a bad thing?
J. A. (Jesse) Myerson, independent journalist and media coordinator for Occupy Wall Street, responds to the criticism of OWS's messaging. Ron Christie, former special assistant to President George W. Bush and fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, opposes the movement, but offers the protesters his advice as a political strategist.