Pols of both parties should be scared by the ongoing "Occupy Wall Street" protests that are spreading nationwide, including in Pittsburgh (where an organizational meeting is set for tonight in Shadyside).
In 2011, confidence in Congress, for example, ran 12 points behind its historical average while confidence in the presidency lagged the historical norm by 10 points. The biggest loser? Banks, whose 23 percent confidence score lagged 19 points behind the historical average.
That raft of numbers poses an incredibly complex political challenge for politicians who are inherently “establishment” figures but must do everything they can to run against that very establishment in hopes of channeling the rage and unhappiness coursing through the public.