And, they really became that from the get-go when they struck on Wall Street, a right-wing darling, in defense of workers, a left-wing darling.
The polarization occurred then, and there was really nothing that could be done to stop it. They then garnered left-wing support from similarly famous leftist groups, and it was all over.
The polarization killed them.
Had they found a way to address their concerns without creating an us-them, win-lose structure, a more complete win-win perspective, they might have become a player.
It's too late now .. at least for them.
Occupy was the "call attention to it" faction and 99%ers was the "do something about it" faction.
At one time the 99%ers had developed a 20-30 item recommended laundry lists of specific grievances. Now that recommened list has been trimmed to five rather esoteric items to which the general public will find difficulty relating.
I find it sad, I mean for America in general, that a better effort wasn't made by these people to avoid death-knell polarization.
Now they're locked in liberal ("us") v. conservative ("them") stalemate .. where they will eventually just wither away into the ether.
The only hope for the changes they wanted to make will be if a new entity rises, not necessarily from their ashes, but still one that avoids their polarization mistakes.