From the Christian Science Monitor:
A key question at this point is whether the Occupy Wall Street movement now spreading nationally will develop the legs that the tea party movement has - becoming a key player in congressional and state elections, for example....
"It's not something they're likely to claim credit for, but members of the tea party cleared the way for protesters on the other side of the political spectrum," writes Meyer, professor of sociology and political science at the University of California at Irvine and the author of The Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America. "The tea party demonstrated that protest works, even when government doesn't."

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