“Challenges and Opportunities in the 2008 Elections” first appeared on PoliticalAffairs.net on December 21, 2007. Read it on PoliticalAffairs.net.
Not every struggle carries the same political significance. Some leave little trace on the political landscape; others rearrange it extensively.
The decisive defeat of the Republican Party next year falls into the latter category. Much like the elections of 1936 and 1964 where Democrats won in a landslide, a similar Democratic victory next year will alter the political landscape in a positive direction and give new energy, confidence, and hope to the labor-led people’s movement, thereby setting the stage for progressive and radical reforms.