1. Both scare the heck out of a Republican Establishment that is afraid to be critical of either of them in public (but savages them in private.)
2. Both "stand for" hazy opposition to big government, with no specifics on how they would do things differently (or effectively.)
3. Both have far less support in the country at large than a gullible Old Media seems to understand or suggest.
4. Both believe in the wonders of the American free market (for the nation and themselves.)
5. Both are the subject of endless fascination by cable TV.
6. Both long for -- and talk incessantly about -- an America that no longer exists.
7. Both have the potential to ensure Barack Obama's re-election.
8. Both have energetic supporters whose passion dwarfs anything else in American politics today.
9. Both think they know how to use New Media to great effect (but don't really.)
10. Both benefit from the extraordinary promotional machine that is the Fox News Channel.11. Both have a history of seeing their political agendas held back by the disorganization and chaos surrounding them.