Originally Posted by 'trane
except that there is no left wing, politically, in america. there is a slightly right of centre party (with a centrist wing and a right wing) and a very right of centre party (with a right wing and a lunatic fringe).
No, there is a left of center wing. It is a real coalition. The question is whether it can move forward as one. The left certainly has not been given much sway thus far. But the extremism of the Republicans opens up that possibility now. I really think this marks the end of the regime that Reagan built. The amazing part is that a loony like Sununu, that Reagan had to fire to keep his coalition together, was let loose in this campaign, and made it easier to strengthen Obama's coalition.
Now if the economy gets on an upswing, and enough constructive change takes place, the Republicans are in a really tough place. But the Democrats can't just play the Republican game of trying to win by default, by splitting the electorate and constantly pushing buttons and framing issues to drive enough people to their side. They really do have to move forward. And the Republicans will likely keep preventing them from doing so all that much. It will be interesting to see if they lose the House in two years or not, otherwise the only politics that will really be worth much will be local.