What’s at Stake for the Left?
Politico on what this election means to the Left:
A defeat for Barack Obama on Tuesday would be no ordinary loss for Democrats. It would be a traumatic experience: the death of the dream of liberal realignment embodied in Obama’s insurgent 2008 campaign. And it would be all the more distressing to Democrats because so many of them fervently believe they will win tomorrow.
Unlike Republicans, many of whom have no particular love for their nominee, Democrats admire and sympathize with the president, understanding he came into office at a difficult time. If Obama were to lose, Democrats would suddenly be leaderless for the first time in half a decade and would be forced to confront agonizing questions about the viability of their party’s agenda — health care reform, most of all.
The piece then suggests five explanations that Democrats might try should Obama lose tomorrow. In a companion piece, Politico suggests some explanations that Republicans will try if Romney loses.