I am at a bit of a loss to understand why the congressional Democrats are afraid of GOP populism on the Guantánamo issue. We all know that the U.S. is perfectly capable of locking up dangerous individuals at no risk to the surrounding community. We are, in fact, quite good at it. Now, there are issues that can be demogogued, regardless of the facts, but the idea that there are any dangers in moving the detaineers in Cuba to the continental United States does not seem to be one of them. Neither polls nor my general sense of the public atmosphere (judging from, well, crappy bars in Norfolk, Philly, and the greater Miami area) indicate that the demogoguery would have any tangible effect. So why are the congressional Democrats running scared? It makes no sense.
On the other hand, if you want some real populism, you go to Venezuela. I'm telling you, a subsidized electric car called the “M----------r” would be a big hit in the United States, and get anybody re-elected.
Gotta be a marketing case in there somewhere.