Liberal columnist EJ Dionne has noticed what he politely calls "tensions" between two Democratic themes this year: Populism and business boosterism.
Dionne points out that Democrats have unveiled a "Middle Class Jumpstart" messaging campaign but are trying to save the Export-Import Bank, which gives 75 percent of its subsidies to the five biggest exporters.
It's a good column by Dionne, and if you read it carefully, you notice a pattern. The Democrats' "populism" is always in rhetoric. Their corporatism is always in policy.
Democrats aren't juggling populism and corporatism. They're talking populism and doing corporatism.