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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.

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  1. Profile photo of Rob Long Founder

    During the 1992 campaign, James Carville was reported to have looked at a piece of video from a Bush event and said, mostly to himself, “That guy stinks of yesterday.”

    He was harsh, but essentially correct.

    Obama stinks of yesterday. I’ve said it for years, but we just lived through the Walter Mondale administration — a collection of ideas and policies and prejudices that have been unchanged by progress or re-evaluation since 1983.

    • #2
    • October 30, 2012 at 10:30 am
  2. Profile photo of johnak Inactive

    Obama stinks of yesterday. I’ve said it for years, but we just lived through the Walter Mondale administration — a collection of ideas and policies and prejudices that have been unchanged by progress or re-evaluation since 1983.

    Or, perhaps 1933.

    • #3
    • October 30, 2012 at 10:36 am
  3. Profile photo of Rob Long Founder
    johnak

    Obama stinks of yesterday. I’ve said it for years, but we just lived through the Walter Mondale administration — a collection of ideas and policies and prejudices that have been unchanged by progress or re-evaluation since 1983.

    Or, perhaps 1933. · 5 minutes ago

    Touché. Better choice, I think.

    • #4
    • October 30, 2012 at 10:42 am
  4. Profile photo of Israel P. Member

    President Never-Was

    • #5
    • October 30, 2012 at 10:50 am
  5. Profile photo of Mark Woodworth Member
    ParisParamus: This is a great song sort of on point. Actually, Obama was a never-been, but still: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPBt4IuQEbw · 2 hours ago

    This song is just what I thought of also! However, my favorite song from that collaboration is this one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nENdJmzdMl0

    I always thought of William Shatner singing as a novelty act, a kind of arch joke, but this song actually moves me a lot.

    Hope and Change: it hasn’t happened yet.

    • #7
    • October 31, 2012 at 2:41 am
  6. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    I have to give Barry credit for at least carrying more than one state. How hard is it to outdistance a Mondale?

    Rob Long
    johnak

    Obama stinks of yesterday. I’ve said it for years, but we just lived through the Walter Mondale administration — a collection of ideas and policies and prejudices that have been unchanged by progress or re-evaluation since 1983.

    Or, perhaps 1933. · 5 minutes ago

    Touché. Better choice, I think. · 7 hours ago

    • #8
    • October 31, 2012 at 6:27 am
  7. Profile photo of Palaeologus Member
    Chris Campion: I have to give Barry credit for at least carrying more than one state. How hard is it to outdistance a Mondale?
    Rob Long
    johnak

    Obama stinks of yesterday. I’ve said it for years, but we just lived through the Walter Mondale administration — a collection of ideas and policies and prejudices that have been unchanged by progress or re-evaluation since 1983.

    Or, perhaps 1933. · 5 minutes ago

    Touché. Better choice, I think. · 7 hours ago

    1 hour ago

    If it can be done in a Volt it can’t be difficult.

    • #9
    • October 31, 2012 at 7:51 am
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    Israel P.: President Never-Was · 40 minutes ago

    Israel! You beat me to it!

    Grrrrrr.

    • #10
    • October 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm