Change? More interesting politically is the favorite word of the pugilistic populists, “fight,” which appeared 28 times in its various forms during the Democratic presidential debate last night. Classic line from John Edwards:
What’s at stake here is a fight for the future of the middle class. And we do have different perspectives on how we fight for the middle class, how we fight for jobs, how we fight for health care.
And George Will on populism among the presidential candidates:
The way to achieve Edwards’s and Huckabee’s populist goal of reducing the role of “special interests,” meaning money, in government is to reduce the role of government in distributing money. But populists want to sharply increase that role by expanding the regulatory state’s reach and enlarging its agenda of determining the distribution of wealth. Populists, who are slow learners, cannot comprehend this iron law: Concentrate power in Washington, and you increase the power of interests whose representatives are concentrated there.
UPDATE (12:10 p.m.) The word “fight” in various forms appeared just four times in the Republican debate (transcript), three times in reference to Iraq and once in a comment by Charles Gibson, the ABC moderator.
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