I've said this before and I'll say it again and again and again...We are not our parents democratic party. We are our Grandparents Democratic Party.
She explains it this way:
Populism scares the hell out of the party apparatchiks because populist issues do not come out of think tanks on the coasts. Populist issues are fostered in Grange Halls and at high-school sporting events; at kitchen tables and in the corner booth of small-town diners throughout the land. In no political area is the saying “all politics is local” more of a truism than in populist movements.
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