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Monday, October 10, 2011

McGinn's Speech Leaves Occupy Seattle Protesters Cold

Posted by on Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 6:34 PM

If anyone was hoping Mayor Mike McGinn appearance during Occupy Seattle's general assembly this evening would help erase a week's worth of political blunders, they must be disappointed.

Rolf, Rockin It.
  • Rolf, Rockin' It.
It's not that McGinn said anything that was freshly horrifying—he didn't announce that SPD would be confiscating protesters' hats and footwear tonight, on top of their tents and umbrellas—it's that he had the misfortune of following a fiery speech by David Rolf, a spokesman for the local health care labor union.

Rolf knew what a cold, wet, tired crowd of protesters needs to hear: the kind of pep talk that makes you forget how cold and wet and motherfucking tired you are. He urged people to continue standing up to politicians from both parties who, for years, have been "collaborating through malice and deceit" with Wall Street bankers to steal all of the nation's wealth and resources "while the rest of us get pink slips and foreclosure notices." He encouraged people to have hope; to think of Egypt's ousting of President Mubarak and practice "simple, peaceful acts of strength and solidarity" with messaging like: "Wall Street, Enough."

Rolfing the crowd.
  • Rolfing the crowd.

In contrast, McGinn's comments were brief, generic, and rather uninspiring.

Lets pretend for a moment that my words are worth 1,000 mimes, backpedaling...
  • "Let's pretend for a moment that my words are worth 1,000 mimes, backpedaling..."
Citing $2 billion in cuts to education and social services that Olympia legislators will make in order to balance the state's budget, McGinn asked, "Is that going to make our economy better?"

To which the crowd responded, "No."

The mayor then encouraged the crowd to "keep organizing. Don't just fight to speak up, fight to elect the right people, and fight to hold them accountable." And that was basically it.

I've seen McGinn capture crowds with his speeches. This wasn't one of those times.


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Yeah, so it wasn't a MLK "I have a dream" speech, but at least it wasn't negative.
Posted by Weekilter on October 11, 2011 at 9:35 AM · Report this
Just to be accurate, McGinn was invited to speak at an SEIU jobs rally that was in going on in Westlake in solidarity with Occupy Seattle. The rally was not directly connected to the Occupy movement. I would be surprised if the GA vote would allow McGinn to officially speak at something that Occupy Seattle was putting on considering the level of support he has given the occupiers so far.
Posted by Bird Dog on October 10, 2011 at 11:22 PM · Report this
Catalina, keeping it in the city is a great idea too. A march along Lake Washington Blvd. from Glaser's past the various Reeds, along the Tennis Club, then up to mill around menacingly outside Broadmoor. Then all aboard the bus for pizzas up at Piecora.
Posted by gloomy gus on October 10, 2011 at 11:12 PM · Report this
sprflycat 19
If you give two shits about how fucked the country is than this might be for you...The cops are about to end #occupyseattle in Westlake.
Posted by sprflycat on October 10, 2011 at 10:44 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 18
nickels will beat mcginn. and mcginn will be happy.

Posted by Max Solomon on October 10, 2011 at 10:32 PM · Report this

Dummies...the rich didn't get that way from taxing.

Seize control of the Fed and print yourselves up some nice fresh Quantitative Easing.

Vote for a 99%er

Vote for yourselves.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 10, 2011 at 10:29 PM · Report this
Homeless protesters are on the Gates Foundation's lawns. Is that good enough?

McGinn has by no means alienated all the people who voted for him.
Posted by sarah70 on October 10, 2011 at 10:27 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 15
There's plenty of wealthy neighborhoods in Seattle: Perkin's Lane, Broadmoor, Laurelhurst, parts of West Seattle and Mount Baker. No need to cross the lake.

And Fnarf dear, I would love to see you addressing a crowd. I'm envisioning something like The Key Arena, with huge jumbotrons showing your face hung directly above the Dias. You'd be pounding the podium and waving your arms, the crowd would be going crazy. It would be excellent.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on October 10, 2011 at 10:04 PM · Report this
So what? The mayor gave a lukewarm speech. At least he supports the occupy movement, and brought coffee. Mayor Bloomberg isn't nearly as friendly. Do I actually like McGinn better than the Stranger does? Weird. I predict that the Stranger will turn on him next election, judging on how they've turned on candidates and issues in the past.
Posted by Smell on October 10, 2011 at 9:57 PM · Report this
@5, Medina would be easier to reach by bus, but I like the notion of marchers gathering outside Paul Allen's house on Mercer Island. There is a nice road that arches over his compound there. He wanted it closed off but the city of Mercer Island refused. It would be great spot for gathering to wave placards and make a hubbub.

Not that he would be likely at that home. He has handfuls of houses around the world. NYT reported that just last week Allen paid $25 m for a Fifth Ave penthouse to pair with his apartment on the floor below.…
Posted by gloomy gus on October 10, 2011 at 9:53 PM · Report this
the idiot formerly known as kk 12
David Rolf rocks.
Posted by the idiot formerly known as kk on October 10, 2011 at 9:41 PM · Report this
It's kind of fucked how McGinn, who was elected by lefties who wanted to challenge the status-quo is managing to completely alienate all of the people who put him in office. What the fuck, man?
Posted by Faber on October 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM · Report this
MrBaker 10
@5, are you telling me that all of those downtown multi-national corporations are paying all of the B&O tax the city could levy?

I mean, that must be the case, since he is reduced to serving his upzone overlords with curbside appeal funded with car tabs and parking taxes... To ensure that those businesses are served with high turnover in parking and better real estate values.

Is it the case that all of these corporations in our city are paying their fair share?
Maybe his heart wasn't in it.
Posted by MrBaker on October 10, 2011 at 9:22 PM · Report this
You'll not see nothing.

Like the Mighty McGinn.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 10, 2011 at 8:58 PM · Report this
Elect only from the 99%.

Vote only for the 99%.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 10, 2011 at 8:56 PM · Report this
He sounded pretty good on TV. Can you imagine what Nickels would have said (if anything)? Quit complaining.
Posted by sarah70 on October 10, 2011 at 8:29 PM · Report this
Kinison 6
Have fun holding your nose while you vote to re-elect him in a year.
Posted by Kinison on October 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM · Report this
Fnarf 5
Kill @3 for (failed) spam.

Regardless of what you think of me, Gus, or anyone, I think we can all agree that I shouldn't be addressing crowds. I'm not sure McGinn should either, though there really isn't anything else he can do. He's just the mayor; he can't even tax the superrich if he wants, because they live in Medina. Come to think of it, he should be encouraging the protesters to go to Medina and attack their comical police force and shut their roads. Or head to Mercer Island and block off Paul Allen's driveway.
Posted by Fnarf on October 10, 2011 at 7:51 PM · Report this
McGinn spoke along some of the same lines Fnarf wrote about today. Rallyers would have been about as happy to hear it as Slog commenters have been to read it. Doesn't mean it's not worh saying.
Posted by gloomy gus on October 10, 2011 at 7:37 PM · Report this
"McGinn's comments" and "brief, generic and rather uninspiring" is redundant.
Posted by TechBear on October 10, 2011 at 7:12 PM · Report this

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