Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, in Salon:
Angry right-wing populism lurks just below the surface of the terrible American economy, ready to be launched not only at Obama but also at liberals, intellectuals, gays, blacks, Jews, the mainstream media, coastal elites, crypto socialists, and any other potential target of paranoid opportunity.
Noted by Rich Lowry at National Review, The Corner. Mark Hemingway adds: “Among the litany of targets for ‘angry right-wing populists’ are groups too amorphous to be identified with any verifiable specificity, e.g. liberals, intellectuals, coastal elites; and groups that indicate he baselessly assumes the worst motives imaginable for his political opponents, e.g. gays, blacks, Jews.”
The odd thing is that much of the populism of the moment springs from elected officials and organized labor, using class warfare to attack employers, energy companies, corporate executives and businesses with a global presence. It’s cynical, faux populism being practiced by Reich’s political allies.
So not only is Reich paranoid and inflammatory, he’s wrong.
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