The conventional wisdom of this year's politics has been that the wealthy were going to buy their place in Congress and in state houses around the country. But the poor and shiftless are doing very well, too.
The business of America is business, as Calvin Coolidge once observed. And never has that been more clear than this morning, where two former business executives have moved one step closer to political power.
The president says the BP will pay for its mistake. He should act now to make sure. He should also order BP to set aside at least $5 billion for the cleanup, and create a new Civilian Conservation Corps to do it.
An emerging coalition of new and traditional progressive power is placing the "old guard" in the Democratic establishment on notice that the status quo is no longer acceptable, and they had best adapt or face the consequences.
With the Democrats trusting our well-being to the likes of Lawrence Summers and Timothy Geithner, would it not be good to have at least one Republican senator questioning the Washington spending spree?
No matter who you vote for, they have to be pushed for every inch of progress, every last line of policy. We can force an end to this bloody and expensive war in Afghanistan. But it takes a lot more than voting to achieve it.
Primaries have never been this exciting, provocative and entertaining which is a clear indication that the die-hard party loyalists are serious about invigorating the listless political landscape with a newer, greener crop.
If Blanche Lincoln and Arlen Specter survive the Democratic primary, it will only get worse. There is no guarantee Specter or Lincoln would beat their Republican challengers in November - in fact, odds are against it.