Friday, April 29, 2011

Nate Silver: "How Liberal Is President Obama?"

Nate Silver:
Earlier this week, The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein published a column entitled “Obama revealed: A moderate Republican.”
I’m a big fan of Mr. Klein’s work, but I don’t find his thesis persuasive in this case. Instead, I’d suggest that the evidence points toward a considerably less exciting conclusion. Rather than being an early 1990s moderate Republican, Mr. Obama is a prototypical, early 2010s Democrat. And although a 2010s Democrat shares more in common with a 1990s Republican than with the Republicans of today, they are still far from alike.

It’s fairly easy to demonstrate that Mr. Obama’s policy preferences resemble those of a typical Democrat in today’s Congress. MORE...

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