The Obama Question
We have been asking off and on in this space for a year now whether liberalism/progressivism has better long-term prospects with the defeat of Barack Obama this November. Disciplining centrist Republicans is the method right-wingers used to move first their party and then this country rightward. The converse idea, that Democratic politicians who reject or undo core principles or legislative achievements, should also face discipline from the Left, which we have from time to time considered, is best put by Harvard Law School professor Robert Unger (who taught Obama in law school). Unger says the Left will be better off defeating Obama. We will have to consider this more carefully as November creeps closer:
Does the American left have the stomach for this discussion?