...by using a comment from another post as a post in itself.
Anyhow, a commenter noted "Since you apparently don't like populists..." and I replied that there are two probable reasons for that:
1. The word "populist" is so often
followed by "demagogue" that it's hard not to mentally think of the
latter when hearing the former. I have come to associate it with rabble
just waiting for their rouser.
2. Where I come from, "common" is
still used as a term of insult, ranked somewhere between "poor" and
"lowdown" if I remember my taxonomy aright. I believe it to be a
holdover from the days when America was still fondly imagined as the land of the Natural
Aristocrat, rather than the Proud (to be a) Peasant. The latter attitude no
doubt came west in steerage in the baggage of many of my ancestors.