AMANPOUR: Peggy, do you think that people are too quick to dismiss them?
NOONAN: Maybe. Look, to a certain degree, the Occupy Wall Street folks are reflective of a bitterness that has not gone away in America in the past three years that has accentuated as the economy has gotten worse, a bitter sense out there that Washington and the investment banks of New York tanked the American economy and paid no price for it.
That having been said, Occupy Wall Street, these protesters, is nothing like the Tea Party. The Tea Party rose up spontaneously, as I assume these folks have, but they were mature. They had a program. They had a political point of view that they were going to put into legislative action. They made serious political decisions about not going third party. They were real. We don't know yet that these folks are real.
Can I tell you, though? The Republican Party should not take the bait of Occupy Wall Street, and they should not do this replaying of 1968 where the Republicans say, "Protesters are bad." The protesters are doing their thing. Let it be.
DOWD: I think the Republicans are making a huge mistake on this, because I think if I were a Republican candidate or advising a Republican candidate today, I would say adopt this populist movement. Because right now, I think the Republican Party has forgotten who their base is. The Republican Party's base is not Wall Street. The Republican Party's base is a middle-class, small-town, rural vote out there.
And not to say that the Republicans agree with that, but I think the Eric Cantors and everybody else that are dismissing these folks, if I were Michele Bachmann or somebody else in that field, I would say, let's -- this is Main Street versus Wall Street problem. These protesters are saying the right thing. They may not have the right policies, but be a populist and be a populist Republican attacking Wall Street.
AMANPOUR: OK, we've spoken a lot about them. I'm now going to bring in Jesse LaGreca, who is a blogger for the liberal website Daily Kos. And he's been a fixture at the Wall Street protests.
So, Jesse, you've been listening to all of these descriptions of your movement. Where do you come down? I mean, we've talked about it as being immature, it hasn't had policy sort of directives. What is that you are trying to sort of consolidate around there?
LAGRECA: Well, I think the matter at hand is that the working-class people in America, you know, the 99 percent of Americans who aren't wealthy and aren't prospering in this economy, have been entirely ignored by the media. Our political leaders pander to us, but they don't take action. They stand in the way of change. They filibuster on behalf of the wealthiest 1 percent. They fold on behalf of the wealthiest 1 percent.
So the conversation we need to have is about the future, about what type of country we really want to be. And I think the most important thing we can do in our occupation is to continue to push the narrative that's been ignored by so many pundits and political leaders.
I mean, the reality is, I'm the only working-class person you're going to see on Sunday news, political news maybe ever. And I think that's very indicative of the failures of our media to report on the news that matter most to working-class people.
AMANPOUR: We are trying our best, Jesse.
LAGRECA: And I thank you.