Barack Obama leads a government of the highly educated. His movement includes urban politicians, academics, Hollywood donors and information-age professionals. In his first few months, he has fused federal power with Wall Street, the auto industry, the health care industries and the energy sector.
Given all of this, it was guaranteed that he would spark a populist backlash, regardless of his skin color. And it was guaranteed that this backlash would be ill mannered, conspiratorial and over the top — since these movements always are, whether they were led by Huey Long, Father Coughlin or anybody else.
What's your opinion? Do you think David Brooks has the right idea, or do you prefer the explanation of Maureen Dowd which we discussed recently? Personally I like both. Are they mutually exclusive, do you think? Couldn't both exist simultaneously?
Are you concerned with the consolidation of federal power, the way it's described here? Obama has "fused federal power with Wall Street," etc.? Is that the real problem many people have with this administration?
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