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Disruptive Politics: Rising populism is altering
the identities of both parties—and scaring
the heck out of the establishment.

National Journal, by Charlie Cook

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Posted By:mitzi, 7/19/2014 12:50:18 PM

Back in the mid-1990s, Harvard professor Clayton Christensen coined the phrases "disruptive technology" and "disruptive innovation" to describe certain kinds of game-changing developments in the business world. Now, in politics, we are seeing a variation on that theme. On the left, the Occupy movement helped spawned a new populism that is reflected in rising interest in Sen. Elizabeth Warren's ideas and future, with her name increasingly being bandied about as a presidential hopeful despite her statements urging Hillary Clinton to run. Warren is fighting banks and other financial institutions (Snip)This isn't just a left-wing phenomenon. Populism fueled the tea-party movement,

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One of my Dem friends mentioned at lunch yesterday that she´s fed up with the leftward movement of the party and is looking toward the right.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/19/2014 1:04:13 PM     (No. 9931719)

I eschew the GOP.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/19/2014 1:04:47 PM     (No. 9931721)

That´s encouraging, OP, but beware of Warren´s appeal to just such people. Warren, a wealthy uber-elitist, is presenting herself as a rugged populist and a champion of the little guy, someone who´s "fighting to save the middle class." (Actually, she´s doing her best to destroy it.) This campaigning she´s doing now is her audition for the nomination in 2016.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mackrand, 7/19/2014 1:08:45 PM     (No. 9931724)

Populism: giving away the store for nothing more than votes!

This is what got an ex Prime Minister of Thailand booted and exiled from the country. This is what you get when a government is riddled with corruption and so far gone the checks and balances no longer work to inhibit graft and the overall evil of destructive acts under the color of authority.

Sound familiar?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: periwinkel, 7/19/2014 1:10:05 PM     (No. 9931726)

The last sentence of that article is flat wrong: " This development is causing consternation among old-guard Republicans, who are much more accustomed to fighting Democrats who rail against the established order of things—not fellow Republicans."

The Establishment (Country Club) Republicans have been trying to crush the Conservative wing of the party since the 80s and before. They were called Rockefeller Republicans and they did everything possible to stop Ronald Reagan. Charlie Cook is wrong on this one.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: WAN2, 7/19/2014 1:12:26 PM     (No. 9931730)

Populism: robbing Peter to pay Paul, getting Paul´s vote.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/19/2014 1:18:29 PM     (No. 9931733)

#2 - she thinks Warren is a jerk.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tisHimself, 7/19/2014 1:20:51 PM     (No. 9931736)

We have our own populist champion, and the establishment despises and envies her.

Game ball , Periwinkle.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/19/2014 1:22:55 PM     (No. 9931739)

Oh, there have been fierce factions in the GOP since well before Rockefeller/Reagan, #4. Prior to Rockefeller was Thomas Dewey, the "liberal", who helped get Eisenhower nominated over Robert Taft, who was considered the more conservative leader in the party. Prior to those years, there were Wendell Wilkie and Arthur Vandenberg in opposition to each other´s followers.

There´s very little new under the sun, a cliche, but apt.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Spidey, 7/19/2014 2:00:22 PM     (No. 9931777)

It´s not populism that´s breaking out,it´s massive uncertainty about the country´s future that crosses party lines/Obama´s policies area also thrashing everyday liberals,an unforeseen development.

Blacks have been very loyal Obama supporters and they´re getting tired of spending going everywhere but their pockets.

I could almost see a black/hispanic civil war.The only thing holding them back is their mutual hatred of republicans.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dman, 7/19/2014 2:27:20 PM     (No. 9931806)

From the full article linked at the bottom of the page:

”When you combine them with broad-based anger at Washington, the simultaneously reinvigorated populist movements on the left and right are creating volatility in our political system that has few precedents. This is not just giving establishmentarians headaches; it´s also playing havoc with pollsters and strategists who are seeing odd voter-turnout patterns in primary elections (snip) the "pox on both your houses" sentiment seems to be gaining currency all across the country.

Voters are in an ugly and angry mood, and they´re behaving differently as a result. Nobody knows exactly what it will ultimately mean, but "disruptive" is certainly a good term for the shifting loyalties and alignments the populist resurgence may bring.”


It´s simple: a nation “of, by, and for the people” is implicitly – populist. The people have simply had enough of the Establishment in both big tents, and a vacuum exists to be filled by a new party that will represent the people and not big business, big labor, big immigration, or big welfare. That is why pollsters are confounded: they have not accepted that the paradigm has shifted.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 7/19/2014 2:39:00 PM     (No. 9931816)

Ask not about populism, ask about how both parties went away from it in the first place.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 7/19/2014 2:44:27 PM     (No. 9931819)

One thing the author does not point out is that the "populists" in the Democratic Party SERVE the party establishment (Elizabeth Warren), while the "populists" in the Republican Party are opposed by the establishment (both that of the Republican Party and the establishment in general).

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Penney, 7/19/2014 2:54:01 PM     (No. 9931831)

Prooves that dem pols and the entire 0bama Administration can no longer, ´´fool ALL of the people ALL of the time,´´ with their anti-EVERYTHING statist policies. ...0bama and his RE-gressive political gang seem to have finally jumped the shark!

dem pols have no shame, thus their oaths mean zip to themselves

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/19/2014 4:15:38 PM     (No. 9931889)

The GOP still seeks power as their goal with feigned conservatism as their means.

Give me representation!!!

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