did when he found himself in agreement with me, so now do I upon finding myself in agreement with ...
...ugh, I can barely even say it...Jonah Goldberg.
Referring to the notion that conservative opposition to the Miers nomination is based on elitism, the doughy pantload writes
I actually think this is a profoundly significant signal in the ongoing -- and at times somewhat lamentable -- transformation of the GOP into a populist party. For example, I've written many times about how liberals don't understand that Fox News' popularity has had less to do with conservatism and more to do with populism than they are prepared to see. Liberals think they're the party of the people, so they tend not to understand populism when it comes from non-liberal quarters. But it is Fox's anti-elitism which pulls in the ratings more than its conservatism. This has been hard to see in the past because Fox's anti-elitism has generally been aimed at liberal institutions -- the New York Times, the ACLU, Harvard, etc.
If there is one thing I could bash into the head of every Democratic campaign manager, it would be that, in Neil's words
, "the candidate with more populist flava is the winner." DLCers like Marshall Wittman who insist that the Democratic Party must reject
populism in order to win elections are so goddamned stupid that they can't see what even Jonah Fucking Goldberg
understands - i.e., that the GOP owes its success to the fact that it has managed to position itself, in the minds of a sufficient number of voters, as the party of populism. Doughy Pantload is absolutely right that O'Reilly et al are popular because they are seen as populists, fighting for the little guy.
Now, it should go without saying that the GOP isn't really
interested in looking out for the little guy; their populism is phony through and through. But they've managed to convince enough people that they are the only thing standing between THE LIBERAL ELITES who want to outlaw Christianity, confiscate their hunting rifles, and pass out condoms to kindergarteners. This is the basis for their success. It's bullshit, but it works.
Not only is it possible
, contra the DLC, to win with populism, populism is the only
way to win. No one ever won an election because they were seen as looking out for the interests of elites. The GOP knows this, and they're playing the Democrats for chumps.