Going all populist is all the rage these days.
Which is a fine thing if you’re running for Senate in Nevada, or your supporters are a bunch of out-of-work manufacturing workers.
Not if your main support is, say, Wall Street plutocrats:
“Chuck says, ‘I’ve been there to help you,’ ” says one lobbyist. “Well, that’s when we were playing stickball. Now we’re in a cage match and he’s hiding under his desk.”
Schumer’s critics—who accuse him of adopting a populist streak so he can be the next majority leader—have no hope of unseating him, but they can take revenge in other ways, writes Smith in New York magazine. That includes getting behind Harold Ford Jr. as he tries to oust Kirsten Gillibrand—”a virtual ward of Schumer’s”—from her Senate seat. “A lot of what’s fueling the Ford thing is Chuck’s donors, who are furious at him,” says a political consultant. “They feel he’s walked away from them.”
But I’m confused; I didn’t think corporations had any influence over Democrat politicians before the Supreme Court scuppered McCain/Feingold. What happened?