I stood on ritzy Park Avenue yesterday and watched as the Occupy Wall Street "Millionaires March" made a lot of noise, clogged traffic, and alarmed a few small private school children holding their nannies' hands.
Yup. That's pretty much all that happened.
The march was supposed to target a handful of so-called fat cats, but it's a safe bet that none of the "Masters of the Universe" who live on Manhattan's Upper East Side were hanging out on their couches at 2PM on a Tuesday.
Even if they were, Dimon, Murdoch and Koch aren't the type to flinch at some loud music and mindless chanting. This was one long, boring photo op.
A bunch of community organizers -- Strong Economy for All, United for New York and the Working Families Party -- organized the march alongside assorted Wall Street Occupiers to capitalize on the current protest mania. They probably figured anyone with some magic markers, cardboard, and a political ax to grind would get undue media attention in New York right now, and they were right.
Even by pointless anti-Wall Street protest standards, this one was junior varsity: The placards were lame. No outrageous costumes, no effigies. Generally the Occupiers show a little more flair when they are threatening to bring down capitalism.
My feelings about Occupy Wall Street are no secret to anyone who reads the Blaze or watches GBTV. But at least the "occupiers" generally say and do crazy, silly and viral video-worthy things. Not today.
But on a serious note, we shouldn't gloss over the insidious underbelly of the Millionaire March. Despite the marching band playing Twisted Sister's "We're not gonna take it" and the crowd's pro-democracy slogans, there is something clearly coercive about finding a private citizen's address and forming a mob outside his/her home.
Sadly, this is not a new tactic for American leftists. Two examples that come to mind include when agitators converged on the lawn of Bank of America lawyer Gregory Baer last year, and terrified Karl Rove's young children back in 2004.
Ultimately, the Millionaires March won't force any political change, it won't effect New York tax rates. Nothing positive will come of it.
But I don't think that was the real intention anyway.
Occupy Wall Street was sending Dimon, Koch, Milstein, and Murdoch and any other "bankster" an ominous message -- We know where you and your families live.
And I'm sure it was received, loud and clear.