The Battle for Congress
thenation.com — The presidency is not enough. If the polling from battleground states is to be believed, President Obama’s re-election chances are now better than even his most enthusiastic backers anticipated just a few months ago. Yet this year’s campaign is about a lot more than an increasingly confident Barack Obama versus a bumbling Mitt Romney. Races for control of the House and Senate will determine the character of the next presidency—no matter who sits in the Oval Office. Progressives who want Obama to move left in a second term have to recognize that this will never happen if Congress moves right.