Populism can be a good starting point for political action. What really matters is: where do you go then? The difference with right-wing populism is that it rejects the social route.
For a long time, the NDP has floundered over an absence of clear principles while trying to stay anchored to its social democratic principles. Andrea Horwath marks a change.
Can the ONDP offer Ontarians a truly progressive alternative to the Liberals?
Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford is backed by Harper Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. The faux populists plan to turn public anger into power for themselves, and use the political process to do it.
The NDP may well pull itself out of its self-created mess on the long-gun registry but not before using up a lot of good will across the country and a lot of political energy.
Right-wingers like Scott Brown hide the elitism of their agenda by presenting themselves as ordinary working types who may have just slaughtered something with their bare hands in the back shed.
Last night, Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election to fill Teddy Kennedy's senate seat in Massachusetts. Coakley's loss puts health care reform in jeopardy.