Occupy Mitt Romney's Office!

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Dec. 28 2011 4:33 PM

Occupy Mitt Romney's Office!

DES MOINES -- Before catching a Ron Paul speech in West Des Moines, I noticed tweets coming out of the abandoned Blockbuster Video that serves as Mitt Romney's Iowa campaign office. The local branch of the Occupy movement was trying to make a stand, if a sit-in can be a stand. By the time I got there, police were cuffing seven protesters who'd been blocked from entering the building (really not unusual for campaign offices, unless you're a volunteer, or undercover). Around 50 people were milling around the office, chanting and celebrating, at least, the fact that they put up a tent and a sign outside the building. (If you can't read it, it says "Mitt took $61,000 from Wells Fargo.")

photo (11)

Gavin Aronsen, who was there for the whole shebang, has the full report. Protesters, including some warm bodies from out of state (a lot of that going around in Iowa this week), mostly wanted to raise hell about Wells Fargo; some marched to the nearby branch, and some of them got arrested. Before that happened I captured this video of a protester (he didn't give his name) accepting his arrest on trespassing charges.

When asked if he had anything on him -- ID, anything -- he only declared his "juggling balls."

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics



The Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers


Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 22 2014 2:05 PM Paul Farmer Says Up to Ninety Percent of Those Infected Should Survive Ebola. Is He Right?
Business Insider
Oct. 22 2014 2:27 PM Facebook Made $595 Million in the U.K. Last Year. It Paid $0 in Taxes
The Eye
Oct. 22 2014 1:01 PM The Surprisingly Xenophobic Origins of Wonder Bread
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 10:00 AM On the Internet, Men Are Called Names. Women Are Stalked and Sexually Harassed.
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 10:39 PM Avengers: Age of Ultron Looks Like a Fun, Sprawling, and Extremely Satisfying Sequel
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 2:59 PM Netizen Report: Twitter Users Under Fire in Mexico, Venezuela, Turkey
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.