Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Scrub Buddies" went up yesterday and it's excellent.
So is Patrick Martin's analysis of Barack at WSWS:
This was the core of Obama’s speech at Osawatomie, Kansas, where he pretended to be following in the footsteps of Theodore Roosevelt as a scourge of the big financial interests, and claiming to sympathize with the victims of the financial crisis—those who have lost their jobs, livelihoods and homes. Obama called them “innocent, hardworking Americans who had met their responsibilities but were still left holding the bag.”
Such demagogy is an insult to the intelligence of the American people, since it presumes that no one has paid any attention for the last three years as Obama continued and expanded the Wall Street bailout begun under Bush, rescued the auto bosses while slashing auto workers’ wages, enacted a health care program directed at cutting services for the sick and benefits costs for American companies, and spearheaded a frontal assault on public education and school employees.
The populist pretense is wearing thin, and American working people increasingly see through it. In an interview broadcast Sunday night on the CBS program “60 Minutes,” correspondent Steve Kroft asked Obama about the growing perception that his government was defending the rich. He cited a recent poll that asked Americans who had gained the most from the Obama administration’s policies. By far the largest number, 42 percent of those polled, said that Wall Street was the number one beneficiary of the Obama administration.Barack can't pull off populism, my opinion. He was supported in 2008 by a lot of people who believed the whoring and thought a populist was going to the White House. The reality of Barack has depressed enthusiasm and should he attempt to be populist throughout the campaign, he'd only be reminding everyone of just how much he had disappointed them.
Can a Republican pull it off?
Not Newt who is a known. Possibly Jon Huntsman.
I can't weigh in on Mitt Romney's ability because I feel comfortable saying what the general impression of Newt is nationally. However, I don't feel the same with regards to Romney. Remember, he was governor of my state. (I didn't vote for him. I think he was a really bad governor.)
But a solid third party candidate could catch the populist train. (I also think Ron Paul could with little problem because that's close to how he's seen already.)
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: