"Obama himself had eschewed economic populism in his campaign (making an exception in midwestern primaries such as Wisconsin  where he needed more working-class support in order to win), in keeping with his carefully cultivated media image of post-partisan conciliator. But the economy did the job for him, and for the Democratic party...
"It is not so hard to make this appeal: millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs, while the Wall Street gang  who sank the economy are once again raking in billions – and only because they have been rescued and subsidised with hundred of billions of our taxpayer dollars. If enough Democrats campaign on these kinds of themes and offer a populist alternative, they could keep both houses of congress."
to read Mark Weisbrot's article published in: The Guardian/UK September 22, 2010, click on