Populism is nothing new in American politics. It usually garners momentum during times of economic tumult. At a time when the American political system is held in disrepute, there is a growing populist insurrection to challenge established incumbent politicians.
Americans seem to have an aversion to electing Cabinet secretaries to the presidency. However, this was not always the case. In fact, the position of U.S. secretary of state was once a customary stepping-stone to the presidency.