The president’s bad couples of weeks just grew immeasurably worse. At a time when he is attempting to reboot his floundering campaign and defend an immigration policy that many are viewing as a power grab nakedly designed to buy Hispanic votes, one of his former law school professors has come out strongly opposed to his reelection.RELATED: We’ve Reached the Penultimate Jimmy Carter Moment of the Obama Presidency
In a video posted on May 22, Harvard Law School professor Robert Mangabeira Unger is unwavering in his criticism. “President Obama must be defeated in the coming election,” he states, adding that such a loss is necessary in order for “the voice of democratic prophecy to speak once again in American life.”
But the good professor doesn’t stop there. He goes on to opine that if Mitt Romney wins, “there will be a cost … in judicial and administrative appointments” but observes that “the risk of military adventurism” would be no worse under a Republican than under Obama.
He then recites a list of grievances against the president’s policies that include selling out to “moneyed interests” while leaving “workers and homeowners to their own devices.”
His remarks also include this contrarian prescription:
Give the bond markets what they want, bail out the reckless so long as they are also rich, use fiscal and monetary stimulus to make up for the absence of any consequential broadening of economic and educational opportunity, sweeten the pill of disempowerment with a touch of tax fairness, even though the effect of any such tax reform is sure to be modest. This is less a project than it is an abdication.The White House has not yet offered a response to Unger’s statement.