Whatever disappointments progressives have with Obama's first term, we have a profound interest in the popular rejection of the Romney/Ryan ticket.
This election has posed a challenge of self-control for Republicans raised on a diet of welfare queens and Willie Horton.
What a principled counterattack campaign against the GOP would look like.
Where their interests overlap, progressive politics can thrive.
In a second Obama term, we must organize to win a new social contract for a new economy.
While preventing a Republican triumph is imperative, we should have no illusions about Obama.
If he wins, he must use his platform and powers to tackle issues from global warming to nuclear arms control.
In this election and after, we need to write a new story for our changing nation that places care and connection at the center.
In the contest that comes after November, Obama will be on the wrong team.