Will the True Populist Please Stand Up

Another day, another example of David Brooks' infatuation with something he calls 'populism'.

Odd that we only hear of this now that people are protesting against Democrats in power.

Throughout the long period of Republican Ascendancy, the people protesting then were never populist (though the demographics might have been similar) -- no, those protesters were nothing but a bunch of radical USA-hating elitists.

Love the narrative; the original populists are turning in their graves.

UPDATE (Seven Months Later): Joan Walsh, "Quit calling the Tea Party populist! A new poll shows the movement is pro-big business, pro-GOP and united against the 'socialist' Obama", Salon.