While I’m busy trying to gin up interest in a primary challenge to Obama from his populist right, the lefties are considering a challenge from the left if he abandons a “public option.” May I suggest Van Jones as a possible candidate.
I think this is great. Despite a lot of talk every election cycle about polarization, American politics is actually tightly centrist. Compare it to European politics for example. But things do seem to be polarizing recently. Obama has embolden both the right and the left. A group of ultra-libs demanding orthodoxy from Obama and willing to play suicidal politics if they don’t get it, IMO creates space on the right for the same kind of radicalism.
Addendum: Just to be clear, I guess another way to put this would be that the centrist consensus is eroding. This could be a dangerous thing as it could result in the plurality election of far, far lefties. But it could also result in the election of genuine constitutionalists. I believe before true Constitutionalism can advance, the tight centrist grip on our politics must be broken. Or perhaps the increased polarization could lead to dissolution.