Populist Caucus or Progressive Caucus?

Many of the far-left Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives (along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, an admitted socialist) have long been members of The Congressional Progressive Caucus. It’s a who’s who of radicals and hair-on-fire statists. Lots of political junkies have heard of their group, and it’s pretty much a known quantity.
Lately a new little group of lefty Dems has formed, calling itself The Populist Caucus. Not much is known about them yet, but when I compared their roster to that of the Progressive Caucus (as of February 20, 2010), look what I found.

Populist   Progressive       Populist   Progressive
Neil Abercrombie X Dennis Kucinich X
Michael Arcuri X Barbara Lee X
Tammy Baldwin X John Lewis X
Xavier Becerra X Dan Lipinski X
Earl Blumenauer X David Loebsack X X
Robert Brady X Ben R. Lujan X X
Bruce Braley X Carolyn Maloney X
Corrine Brown X Ed Markey X
Leonard Boswell X Eric Massa X X
Michael Capuano X Jim McDermott X
André Carson X James McGovern X
Donna Christensen X Michael Michaud X
Judy Chu X George Miller X
Yvette Clarke X Gwen Moore X
William “Lacy” Clay X Jim Moran X
Emanuel Cleaver X Jerrold Nadler X
Steve Cohen X X
Eleanor Holmes-Norton X
John Conyers X John Olver X
Joe Courtney X Frank Pallone X
Elijah Cummings X Ed Pastor X
Danny Davis X Donald Payne X
Peter DeFazio X X Tom Perriello X
Rosa DeLauro X Chellie Pingree X
Lloyd Doggett X Jared Polis X
Donna F. Edwards X Charles Rangel X
Keith Ellison X X
Laura Richardson X
Sam Farr X Lucille Roybal-Allard X
Chaka Fattah X Bobby Rush X
Bob Filner X X Linda Sanchez X X
Barney Frank X Jan Schakowsky X X
Marcia L. Fudge X José Serrano X
Alan Grayson X Carol Shea-Porter X
Raul M. Grijalva X Brad Sherman X
Luis Gutierrez X Louise Slaughter X X
John Hall X Jackie Speier X
Phil Hare X X
Pete Stark X
Alcee Hastings X Betty Sutton X
Maurice Hinchey X Bennie Thompson X
Mazie Hirono X X
John Tierney X
Michael Honda X Nydia Velazquez X
Jesse Jackson, Jr. X Maxine Waters X
Sheila Jackson-Lee X Mel Watt X
Eddie Bernice Johnson X Henry Waxman X X
Hank Johnson X X
Peter Welch X X
Steve Kagen X Diane Watson X
Marcy Kaptur X X
Lynn Woolsey X
Carolyn Kilpatrick X John Yarmuth X

Fourteen out of thirty members of the Populist Caucus are also members of the Progressive Caucus. Interesting, isn’t it? Although the two groups are distinct, it’s hard to believe they’re all that different.

2:10 PM Update: Massa will announce today that he is retiring.

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