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http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2011/07/22/Barack-Obama-The-Democrats-Richard-Nixon.aspx

This article seems to be arguing that a number of US Presidents since Roosevelt have acted in ways opposed to the on-paper political views of their parties (Eisenhower was relatively liberal, Nixon was relatively liberal, Reagan was relatively liberal, Clinton was relatively conservative, and Obama is relatively conservative).

This entry was originally posted at http://firecat.dreamwidth.org/734352.html, where there are comments.

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abostick59
Aug. 7th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
There's an old Vulcan proverb: "Only Nixon could go to China."
firecat
Aug. 7th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh right, I remember that...
xiphias
Aug. 7th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Seems logical. To become President, one really ought to be fairly moderate, at least tolerable to the majority of the country, and would therefore tend to be more toward the center than one's party.

brian1789
Aug. 7th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
(nods) which bolsters electability. Note that all the pre-Obama Presidents were re-elected by large margins...

Edited at 2011-08-07 10:37 pm (UTC)
wcg
Aug. 7th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Pretty good analysis. Thanks!
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