originally posted at Daily Kos
Think of this rather persuasive moment in a chat between a corporate lobbyist and a senator: "Are you going to block that taxpayer bailout we want? Well, I'm really sorry, but we're going to have to run $2 million worth of really vicious ads against you." The same exchange might take place on tax breaks, consumer protections, environmental rules and worker safeguards.
Those words are by E. J. Dionne, in a Washington Post op ed, Supreme Court ruling calls for a populist revolt. They are words from an imagined scenario. Imagined, but all too soon perhaps not imaginery.
And Dionne says that the decision has brought us to " a true populist moment in American politics." He calls for a populist revolt, or rather, a "populist-progressive alliance."
It is worth reading the column, which I will explore some before offering ideas of my own.