But if Occupy Wall Street coalesces into something like a real movement, the Democratic Party may have more difficulty digesting it than the GOP has had with the Tea Party. After all, a big share of both parties’ campaign funds comes from the Street and corporate board rooms. The Street and corporate America also have hordes of public-relations flacks and armies of lobbyists to do their bidding. Even if the Occupiers have access to some union money, it’s hardly a match. Yet the real difficulty lies deeper. A little history is helpful here. But the modern Democratic Party is not likely to embrace left-wing populism the way the GOP has embraced — or, more accurately, been forced to embrace — right-wing populism. Just follow the money, and remember history.
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