February 4, 2012

IS THERE A LIBERAL CASE FOR HIM?:

The liberal case against Obama (Neal Gabler, FEBRUARY 04, 2012, Boston Globe)

[I]f you believe in the vitality of a robust Rooseveltian liberalism that can stand up to the right wing, then you might worry that Obama, by transforming the Democratic Party from an instrument for change into an instrument of compromise, and by legitimizing Republican talking points like deficit reduction over job creation, has fatally damaged progressivism - something far more important than the election prospects of any particular candidate. While his partisans say he had no choice, Obama seemed willing to burn down the Democratic Party to save it. Or at least he lit a match. And that may be the point today just as it was in the election 32 years ago. Sometimes, Ted Kennedy once famously declared, you have to sail against the wind. Sometimes you have to defy the conventional wisdom and sacrifice a candidate for a cause. For some liberals, those who believe in the good fight, this may turn out to be one of those times, just as 1980 was for Ted Kennedy.

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