December 8, 2011

Occupy Congress


Hmmm, wonder why we’re not hearing all that much about the Occupy march on Washington, and specifically, sit-ins in the offices of the Congressional leadership. Probably because the Congressional office buildings are also recognized as public space, the offices are small, and no one’s yet pitched a tent. That, and Occupy has been applying more leverage from beyond the building.

Here, Getty’s Chip Somodevilla stretches things out by playing off a mirror in Pat Toomy’s office, the net being two faces of Pat. Notice how the protesters fill the room right up to the desk of the admin. And it’s merry Christmas to all, right?


In this shot, Hensarling’s chief-of-staff tells Occupiers Jeb’s too busy to meet with them. No matter, though. It’s the presence that counts. If the effort lasts, perhaps it’ll actually become less unusual to see the people in the people’s house.

(This post at MSNBC also has a shot through the door of Eric Cantor’s office.)

(photo 1: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images caption: Dozens of demonstrators from Pennsylvania occupy the office of Supercommittee member Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) during the ‘Take Back the Capitol’ protest in the Hart Senate Office Building December 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. Demonstrators from 46 states have set up on the National Mall and will stage demonstrations all week, including occupying the offices of their senators and representatives until they agree to meet with them and talk about jobs, the economy and other 2: Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA caption: Andrew Duke (C), Chief of Staff to Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX, tells Members of Good Jobs, Great Houston and other progressive groups “occupying” Hensarling’s office that the Representative will not be able to meet with them in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC, Dec. 6..

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