Angelica at Battlepanda outlines a strategy for 'selling' populism to the electorate, in part riffing off my earlier post. A particularly apt suggestion of hers:
...Liberal bloggers well know that Red states suck up more federal dollars than Blue states. But they don't think of their farm subsidy checks as handouts, unlike unempolyment benefits, say. Homeowners enjoy tax breaks on their morgages, a tremendous loss of tax dollars. Unfortunately, they don't conceptualize the assistance they get as in the same light as a welfare check. Lets remind them that the government is trying to help all American families that needs help, and that it is unjust to enjoy one form of government assistance while begrudging more desperate families of what could be a financial lifeline.