The Opinionator on the New York Times web site has a good rundown of the buzzing commentary about Glen Beck and the current revival of right wing populism. Now that Time has featured Beck on the cover, its official: after a quiet spring of Obama Honeymoon (and shock from the disasters of 2008) the conservatives are back.
The main question – why are Beck and his ilk so popular?
Thomas Frank has said, and we agree, that aside from the animus any American with a pulse expects to be directed at the nation’s first black president, the appeal of the right wing populists is that they are directly addressing the anger many Americans feel towards the injustice of the various bailouts to greedy bankers and huge corporations. Injustices which the Democrats and the Republicans are both complicit.
If conservatives are the only ones who will speak to that anger, they will win the day.