The “different kind of politics” approach worked for Bush in 2000, and it could work for Obama next year. But what then?
There are signs that an Obama presidency would disappoint those who hunger for centrism and civility. While he has worked with Republicans on some issues, his voting record is that of a hardcore liberal. On roll calls where the parties have disagreed, he has sided with fellow Democrats 97 percent of the time.
In his book, he attacks Ronald Reagan, the modern leader whom Republicans most revere. Obama sneers at “his John Wayne, Father Knows Best pose, his policy by anecdote, and his gratuitous assaults on the poor.” Just imagine a Republican writing so harshly about John F. Kennedy. Would anyone see that person as a political healer?
Obama may yet surprise us. But so far, his “different kind of politics” is a catalog of sameness.