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Obama’s former law school professor says he ‘must be defeated’ (Video)

posted at 12:28 pm on June 18, 2012 by

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.

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.

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I agree with the conclusion – but not for the same reasons. In the full article or video, he talks about Obama not fulfilling the “progessive agenda” well enough.

dentarthurdent on June 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Hardly usefull. Clearly is problem is that Obama is not Marxist enough. He thinks Obama is too friendly to the great oppressors of workers.

PastorJon on June 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Hope more hard lefties turn against their messiah.

jqc1970 on June 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Tough luck Howard – your thread got stuck in the Green Room while Erika’s duplicate went straight to The Blog column.
Looks like something sexist going on here…///

dentarthurdent on June 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Looks like something sexist going on here…///


Howard Portnoy on June 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM

What is this nitwit is teaching at Harvard that is worth any part of a $100,000 debt? From the list of Harvard law professors that have been in the news lately, I’m thinking Harvard law degree’s value is mostly puff and reputation.

WestTexasBirdDog on June 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM