Wanted: Politician With Populist Cred
President Obama rarely registers much more than 50 percent approval, he’s having trouble selling his message, and Americans continue to suffer under the weight of the nation’s economic problems. So what can the president do to help improve his standing among Democratic voters? Well, for one thing, he could hitch himself to a rising populist star. But like most politicians, no one is perfect and many of today’s best-known populists have a strike or two against them right now (and no, we’re not talking about John Edwards.)
At the start of our search, it quickly became obvious that after Obama picked several populists for his cabinet, white men dominated the remaining ranks of available politicians. Below is our list of the top five political figures who may fit this new populist role — and it just so happens that some of them could be available in 2012 when Obama may be searching for a new second-in-command.