Huffpost Politics
The Blog

Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors

Huff TV Headshot

Howard Fineman: Obama Won't See A 2012 Challenge From The Left (VIDEO)

Posted: Updated:

HuffPost's Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball" Wednesday evening to discuss President Barack Obama's critics from the progressive wing of the party and the possibility of a challenge from the left in 2012.

"You hear some talk of Russ Feingold, but I agree with Joan [Walsh], it's highly unlikely," Fineman told host Chris Matthews. "Now looking at history, when Ted Kennedy challenged Jimmy Carter, the last time this happened, Carter was coming at the party from the right ... it was a whole different dynamic from this."


Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

  Obama Romney
Obama Romney
332 206
Obama leading
Obama won
Romney leading
Romney won
Popular Vote
33 out of 100 seats are up for election. 51 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats* Republicans
Current Senate 53 47
Seats gained or lost +2 -2
New Total 55 45
* Includes two independent senators expected to caucus with the Democrats: Angus King (Maine) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
All 435 seats are up for election. 218 are needed for a majority.
Democrat leading
Democrat won
Republican leading
Republican won
Democrats Republicans
Seats won 201 234
Click for Full Results
Register To Vote