In the wake of the election, progressive movements and their members are debating what went wrong. Some say the media amplified the bizarre statements of the Tea Party. Still others argue that Obama didn?t offer sufficient leadership or remind us what he had actually achieved during his first 18 months in office. Many blame no one, knowing that midterm elections bring a backlash, regardless of who is power.
If you want to be cynical, then the US Congressional elections has made Congressional Democrats considerably more left-wing. The vast majority of House Democrats who were defeated were from the party?s moderate wing, so on average the surviving Democratic caucus is much more likely to be amenable to progressive policy proposals than their outgoing peers. Not that they can do much about it.
We’ve just witnessed what must be one of the most extraordinary presidential appearances ever. At times, it felt more like therapy than a news conference.
Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1911. “Savoy Theatre, Schlitz & Young’s hotels.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
By Patricia H. Kushlis
Jon Stewart?s ?Rally for Sanity? was the single bright spot in a dismal mid-term election season ? one otherwise overflowing with invective, manufactured hates, lies, racial and religious slurs and just about anything else to tear down one opponent or another in a kind of dog-eat-dog scenario that could not have done this country?s democracy proud in the eyes of the world. America watchers abroad are now trying to understand the election’s significance and the likely impact on US foreign policy.
Washington, D.C., 1923. “Catholic University basketball team.” An interesting array of affects here. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.
President Barack Obama may be hurting from midterm electoral defeats, but he should take solace that he is, in international relations Twitter circles, by far the most popular kid on the block. In fact, for International Relations Twitter Theorists, Obama’s global influence is in fact understated.