After a week of almost no web surfing, I checked in with Matt Yglesias and what do I see but this:
Roughly speaking, I wonder whether there are enough left-populists left inside the Democratic Party for this to be a viable politics. It may be that too many of left-populism’s possible constituents have already moved into the Republican sphere or into apathy for this to work.
Matt was talking about whether a populist could win in the Democratic primaries, but along the way he seems to admit that there are actually a lot of populist voters out there, but that they’re not Democrats any more.
He doesn’t suggest that if the Democrats learned to speak to these alienated (or Republican) populist voters, they might actually win an election now and then. Like a significant (controlling) fraction of the Democratic Party, Matt would rather lose with a neoliberal than win with a populist.
The commenters on the thread were as bad as Matt (with a few exceptions, including Camille Roy who sometimes posts here.)
Back to retirement I go.