This gentleman really understands the history of the last 30 years:
All I have to add is that anyone could see at any given time during the Great GOP Period that it was not a populist party.
in Reagan’s time, using “supply side economics” to pass tax cuts for the rich,
refusing again and again to reign in the ever-greater abuses of the credit card industry,
[trying to] spoil Social Security,
in Bush-the-Lesser’s time, again passing even more tax cuts that mainly benefit rich people,
and, most recently, refusing repeatedly to vote for extensions to unemployment compensation in a time of economic desperation…
these are not populist actions by any measure I’ve ever heard of.
The Republican Party has always shown, by word and deed, that it is the party of the rich. Historically it has not been ashamed of that fact nor, until the last 30 years, has it tried to conceal it. Only in those same last 30 years has the GOP sought to make itself a majority party by grafting onto its vast amalgam of money something called “social conservatives”, which are in large part poor and working people who don’t like to see things change because they subliminally know that they may not be able to figure out how to keep on surviving in a world that changes too much.
After all the GOP’s highly visible betrayals of this latter group, the Democratic Party was perfectly situated to present itself as the Party of The Little Man, as it had in fact been from the 1930s to the Clinton year. Instead, the Big Donkey forever undermined that claim by giving vast amounts of dough to big banks as a way, supposedly, of staving off another Great Depression.
So I am scared as to where that leaves us now.