Obama: Moderate Republican Redux
Leon Hadar (writing in The American Conservative in a piece entitled
"Is Barack Obama a Republican Realist?”):
With the selection of Republican Hagel, an intellectual heir to the Baker-Scrowcroft Realpolitik tradition, Obama has taken a major step toward transforming his presidency into a replica of the administration of George H.W. Bush, at least when it comes to foreign policy.
In a way, much of what Obama has been advocating on domestic policy is not very different from what a Bush I administration (or Nixon, Ford or Eisenhower) would be doing, ranging from raising taxes, reforming immigration policy, or protecting the environment. Obama, in short, is not a socialist or a even a social-democrat, just a good old centrist Republican.
Hmm. This sounds vaguely familiar. Oh, I know:
Not to mention: No Longer the ‘Party of Eisenhower and Reagan’