FRAMING THE ISSUE SERIES - 2012 Battle Lines - Part III
Even to the casual observer, it is apparent that we in the United States are in a time during which national public policy agreement on most substantive issues is difficult to achieve. We have submitted in these pages that the reason for this impasse is that a chasm has opened within the electorate between competing visions for the Country and the Federal Government's role in it. We further assert that, between these competing visions, compromise is impossible. We assert that we must choose. In a several-part series of Framing the Issue, we explore the Battle Lines.
Populism vs. Pragmatism
The elections of 2012 are shaping up to pit Populism (the politics of popular opinion, poll majorities, and class envy) against Pragmatism (the politics of leadership and course correction). Indeed, one may find elements of this conflict even within one candidate. The election must be won (populist) even though almost everyone can see that the current course is not working (pragmatist). Unfortunately for any individual candidate, the two make impossible companions.
Exhibit "A" in the bright battle line must surely be the potential recall election concerning Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. He was elected for the apparent purpose of delivering pragmatic change