Now there's a hardy perennial question for a presidential season. For people of the democratic left, Democratic champions can be trusted, above all, to disappoint.
Political scientist and pundit Jonathan Bernstein takes a stab at it:
I agree while feeling far more distress than a "serious" guy like Bernstein would ever admit to. Barack Obama is a very unsatisfactory president if, as I do, you think the United States should get over our addiction to acting as the world's policeman and, a corollary, building a global panopticon where everyone is subject to the arbitrary surveillance of the security state. I have important, serious, substantive reservations about the guy and the direction in which he is leading the country.
But I do still believe in democracy itself -- not as a perfect system nor certainly as delivering perfect results -- but as preferable to any alternative yet envisioned by any human society. So, as long as we have it, playing the democracy game seems the right way to go.
This year I'm focusing my energies elsewhere, trying to increase the sum total of civilization in our polity, if only by a smidgen. What I won't do is give up on the struggle.
H/t to Dohiyi Mir for the Bernstein article.