Democrats will likely have to reject OWS at some point, because if the incidents continue, they'll become liabilities for the party closer to the 2012 elections. OWS is pushing too far, and the public's losing patience. It's one thing to protest, but it's another to become pests, criminals and a format for far-left radicals. Of course there's a great mixture of people there, but this is the problem. When crooks, kooks and psychotics become involved, it makes the movement look bad, but the movement didn't anticipate this from the beginning. OWS welcomed one and all of the 99%, and now they're stuck with the weird and violent elements. If OWS gets bogged down in dealing with these disparate elements, they look more like a traditional organization which has rules and discriminates regarding membership. Plus, if they get bogged down in controlling the movement, the meaning of the movement is diluted even more. As people watch all this, they ask what the hell is going on. OWS shouldn't have occupied space -- they should have protested at several different times, but not stay and attract such a wide array of not-so-stable people. When Democrats are smeared with the problems of OWS, they'll have to deny association and this will look bad for everyone concerned, especially after so many Democrats have been so eagerly supportive.
OWS has blocked its movement from creating spokespeople who can get whatever message they have out to the public. As it is, there's babble and more babble, and, losing control of the message, if there is one, this means there's no telling where it will lead and what will be said. Some say this is what democracy looks like -- well, in small spaces it doesn't look too good. Maybe democracy isn't meant to be reduced to such a visible mess of crazy in relatively small spaces. When crazy is spread out across the nation, it doesn't seem quite as bad. Democrats need an exit strategy.