The way populism wins is to be angry at what the elites have done to this country and smart about how to fix it at the same time. It is the only thing that will save the Democrats politically and rebuild our country again.
It is one of Russia's oldest traditions to write directly to the Tsar when something goes wrong. Putin did not create this mentality. It is just a symptom of an authoritarian state that rests upon a giant, immovable bureaucracy.
Is the "only potent grassroots" populist movement on the right? Is populism for Democrats a dead strategy? Being a student of history, and an active participant in movement politics right now, I think it is important to make a few points here.
The New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections. The Massachusetts special election. The Utah Republican party conventions. The Mollohan party upset in West Virginia. Yesterday's results. How many wake-up calls do politicians need?
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat contends that in this seemingly "populist moment" -- where public discontent appears to be in full flower -- behind the scenes, all of the existing power structures are retrenching.
Palin's popularity in segments of society indicates that a portion of the voting population has come to disdain science, objective truth and the benefits resulting from our waning period of enlightenment.
Time to take back "populism" from Teabaggers and Palinites who've kidnapped it to only mean less government and taxes. Democrats need to define a phrase and philosophy that tells Independents we're on your side.