Debating the Aftermath
October 4, 2012 4 Comments
Like most progressives, I was disappointed that President Obama did not attack Mitt Romney with more force yesterday. It’s good to see that Obama is hitting back today, and my gut instinct is still that he’ll still carry the election day. Today’s reaction demonstrates that his campaign gets it, even if he lost it for an evening.
I have two thoughts emerging in response to the debates.
1. Progressive can’t rely on President Obama alone. There need to be an ever-increasing number of progressive voices out there, so that the weight of a single debate lessens. I say that with the belief that the campaign cycle moves quickly and Obama’s loss will probably count for less than some pundits (and most conservatives) think.
2. Progressives need to continue to push President Obama from the left. Obama has a worrying tendency to endorse conservative Tea Party idea about the importance of reducing the deficit before the economy improves. Bowles-Simpson is B.S. — it’s bad politics and bad policy. Plus, he responds more to criticism than to compliments, which is why I actually think that the result of yesterday’s debate will make him much sharper next time around, and criticism from the left can actually improve his political success, as it did when loud-mouthed lefties pushed him into getting rid of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.