Skip to comments.May/June Imprimis - Claremont Prof. Charles Kesler on "The New New Deal"
Posted on 06/16/2010 6:02:03 AM PDT by hillsdale1
IN PRESIDENT Obama, conservatives face the most formidable liberal politician in at least a generation. In 2008, he won the presidency with a majority of the popular votesomething a Democrat had not done since Jimmy Carter's squeaker in 1976and handily increased the Democrats' control of both houses of Congress. Measured against roughly two centuries worth of presidential victories by Democratic non-incumbents, his win as a percentage of the popular vote comes in third behind FDR's in 1932 and Andrew Jackson's in 1828.
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This is an excellent article and Professor Kesler sums it up well with the following:
“Obama’s ambivalence is, in many ways, the perfect symbol of the dilemma of the contemporary liberal. How can Obama argue that America and liberalism reject absolute truths, and in the same breath affirmas he did recently to the United Nationsthat human rights are self-evidently true? You can’t have it both ways, though he desperately wants and tries to. Here, surely, is the deepest crisis of 20th-century American liberalismthat it can no longer understand, or defend, its principles as true anymore. “