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?


    • Art & History
    • June 18th, 2012

    Nice droning speech. Political reality? Unger gives new meaning to Ivory Tower. So Obama does not walk on water; in fact he is a Chicago politician! Throw the bum out and vote for Romney!?

    • Art & History
    • June 19th, 2012

    Maybe that’s my problem – – both are my institutions, but give me Chomsky any day, for logic, heart, and showing up at the demo, debate, trial, international skirmish, etc.

    No argument that the left is in tatters, and in fact needs to be totally redefined. Money, or irrational identification with the monied classes, has become the flesh eating bacterium causing a frightened middle class to vote against its own best interests. And causing the blue collar ranks to sign on to the Tea Party, creationism, birtherism, etc., while the Republicans pull the strings and laugh at them.

    We can see, now, that Obama had to make some god-awful deals, agreements and affiliations to get elected. But really, didn’t we let ourselves slip into the clarity and comfort of a ” glorious cause” mindset working to get him elected, few questions asked? And, “non, je ne regrette rien.”

    Re-inventing the left does not have to include allowing Romney to win any office ever again.

  1. January 14th, 2013

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