Saturday, October 25, 2014

Republican Obama

For years I've been describing President Obama as an Eisenhower Republican (i.e. a moderate conservative).

I'm glad to see Bruce Bartlett agree:
In my opinion, Obama has governed as a moderate conservative—essentially as what used to be called a liberal Republican before all such people disappeared from the GOP.
And Rick Ungar in Forbes a couple of years ago:
Amidst all the cries of Barack Obama being the most prolific big government spender the nation has ever suffered, Marketwatch is reporting that our president has actually been tighter with a buck than any United States president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.
I see a couple of analogies between the Eisenhower and Obama presidencies.

Positive domestic action  on civil rights
Eisenhower - Little Rock
Obama - gays in the military.

Negative foreign actions which come back to haunt us:
Eisenhower - overthrowing the democratically elected Mossadeq in Iran, a misjudgment that has led to the present hardline Islamic state which is one of our greatest foreign headaches.
Obama - the indiscriminate drone wars, which have alienated large parts of the population in the very countries from whom we need support in opposing violent radical Islam, and from which we can expect further "terrorist" (i.e retaliatory) attacks.

So yes, for good and bad, an Eisenhower Republican.

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