"That Republican leaders can pass off deceptive faux-populism as “pitch-perfect populism” is in part a testament to the blinding intensity of the economic anger and anxiety roiling the country. It also shows the power of an incessant bumper-sticker fiction to take root when ineffectually challenged — and, most crucially, the inability of Democrats to make a persuasive case that they offer anything better."-- Frank Rich in this morning's New York Times.
The Dems better stop the hand-wringing and hiding, and grow a backbone if they ever expect to regain the political initiative. For the Rethugs to be identified with "populism" is like the Pope being identified with atheism.