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President Has-Been

Even though Barack Obama is much the younger candidate, Rob Long has been observing for months now, he’s much, much more intellectually old-fashioned.

In a particularly brilliant and stinging Wall Street Journal column today, Bret Stephens agrees:

When the history of this administration is written, maybe someone will note the dissonance between the president’s hip persona and his retro ideology. Here was a man who promised a “transformative” presidency. Yet when transformation came, it amounted to a two-pronged attempt to impose, from one side, a version of European social democracy by way of ObamaCare, and from the other side a version of Chinese state-directed “capitalism” by way of the stimulus….

In a different age, Mr. Obama would have been the guy who went out and bought an Edsel. In this age, Mr. Obama is the guy demanding that you buy an Edsel, too. That car is today called the Volt.

Barack Obama, yesterday’s man.