Video of the Day: Occupy Wall Street Camps as 'Obamavilles'

Republicans have claimed repeatedly that Occupy Wall Street protesters are angry at government, rather than banks. Whether or not that's true, attacking the "Obama economy" is the GOP's best bet in 2012, and that economy is almost certainly fueling the nationwide protest movement.

Highlighting that fact, the GOP-aligned American Action Network released the above video comparing Occupy Wall Street tent-camps to the Depression-era shantytowns known as "Hoovervilles" -- a term originally coined by Democratic National Committee publicity man Charles Michelson during Republican Herbert Hoover's presidency. The term first appeared in print in 1930.

American Action Network spent over $20 million during the 2010 elections, most of it to attack Democrats. Chaired by former Wisconsin senator Norm Coleman (R) and founded by GOP strategist Fred Malek, the group is a 501(c)4 nonprofit, the type of group attacked by Obama and Democrats as "shadowy" because it is not required to disclose donors.

Image credit: American Action Network/YouTube

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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