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  •  Looking at the `08 hopefuls... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... it is interesting to note who has taken populist turn, who can take a more populist turn, and who is unlikely to make such a turn.

    Edwards has gone heavily populist in his message.

    Clark skirts populism, but seems headed in that direction.  He has a background that may be suitable for such a turn.

    Kerry may have a hard time getting there because of his previous run and his own background, but it is possible.

    The DLC crew, including Hillary, Warner, Bayh and probably Vilsack may have a tough time getting there because the DLC is generally viewed as strongly pro-corporate.  That's not to say these folks couldn't twist their messages to fit more populist stances, but making that kind of transition would require a great deal of effort.

    Biden... Forget it.  Being the legislative arm of the banking/finanical services industry puts him in the wrong place.  No chance he can rectify that.

    Richardson, while mildly DLC, has a chance, particularly because of his background and the state he represents.

    Who am I overlooking at this point?

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    by Bob Johnson on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 08:11:31 AM PDT

    •  Feingold (0+ / 0-)

      If you're interested in economic populism, it's either Feingold or Edwards.  In addition, Feingold is more of a civil libertarian, while Edwards more a cultural moderate and legal populists (against Alito and Roberts).  Obviously, it's up to each of us to consider campaigning ability and electability, but really, it seems to me that there are only two choices at this point.

      "We need to ask America to adopt a new kind of patriotism, a patriotism about something more than just war." -- John Edwards

      by philgoblue on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 08:31:35 AM PDT

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    •  Al Gore, the smart and competent populist. (0+ / 0-)

      Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

      by StrayCat on Mon Aug 28, 2006 at 03:16:01 PM PDT

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