Since Democrats are taking some time to figure out what to do next, we shall do the same here, and skip over the entire health care reform subject, after highlighting two hilarious commentaries on the situation.
Populism is not so much a political stance (as "conservatism" is, for instance) as it is a political tactic. Meaning it can be used equally well by either side of our current American political divide.
Obama is going to do something to absolutely enrage leftists, progressives, and the few remaining Americans who actually call themselves liberals; and, furthermore, he's going to do it within his first 100 days in office.
Senator McCain's attempt to brand Obama as "redistributionist-in-chief" and secret socialist should be a non-starter, because so much of what America embraces is laced with the very principles of socialism.
"Populist" is not an empty political buzzword that can be attached to someone like Palin, whose campaigns are financed by the lobbyists and executives of Big Oil, Wall Street and other entrenched economic interests.