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Omnibus Response

Jonah: What Rich said.

Andy: During this campaign, Obama has taken some extremely liberal positions but few radically left-wing ones. He has not denounced capitalism or America, his tax plan contemplates raising the top marginal federal tax rate on income but leaving it below 50, he recognizes that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns, etc. The positions he has taken in this campaign, combined with his past, leave open at least two possibilities. One is that he has quietly ditched his former radicalism for a more mainstream left-liberalism. Another is that he remains as radical as he was years ago but is concealing his basic orientation for political reasons. There is a question mark here, and it is one reason many people ask “Who is Obama?”

Mark Levin: You raise a good point, as usual. It should be possible to present to the public a conservative agenda that promotes middle-class interests without attacking the affluent or blessing expansions of government. McCain has at various points during the year, let alone his career, gotten every part of that formula wrong. Whether he wins or loses we have a lot of work cut out for us.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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