One way to see the drive for austerity is as an application of a sort of reverse Hippocratic oath: “First, do nothing to mitigate harm”. For the people must suffer if neoliberal reforms are to prosper.
Bollocks why do you even report this lib hack?
Actually, it takes some effort not to point out that nearly all of his columns are based on wilful ignorance of the current party standings. But since this one was actually aimed at shaping media narratives as to what the *NDP* ought to do, I figured it called for at least a quick post.
And the comments on his piece are even more out of touch with reality.
I'm with Ben - and Zach is so politically naive!
It's not just his general thesis. Every sentence I'm scratching my head. This guy thinks barely beating a weak opponent who made no secret of despising more than half the electorate represents the creation of a "long term political shift". And that winning New Mexico with the Latino vote was all about how Obama framed his opponent.To my mind, the story of the election was that Obama knew perfectly well a message further to the left and more populist than his default stance would do better with the electorate, and consistently used that weapon when, and only when, Romney pushed him hard enough that the election might be in doubt.
Now that's a great point - not to mention one that looks to have repercussions now that the campaign is over and Obama can position himself pretty much however he wants for the balance of his term in office.