Feingold: Not a “Maverick,” Just a Liberal
It seems that being a presidential candidate has caused Feingold to rise above principle.
The hard-core liberal/left base of the Democratic Party is arguably the greatest political asset the Republicans have.
A Democrat can pander to that base and win the nomination (and be crippled in the general election), or hue to the center and lose the nomination.
Which is not a hard electoral prediction about 2008. The Republicans have plenty of room to screw up, and events could favor the Democrats. But the handicap the Democrats face is clear.