“Myth” is too kind a word for it

“THE GREATEST myth in American politics today is the view, perpetrated by the Democratic Left and elements of the news media, that Barack Obama is a political moderate. In truth he represents an ideology that is barely within the American mainstream as understood over two and a quarter centuries of political experience.”

Robert Merry slides this under the door, I assume for the benefit of those who actually believe that Obama is some sort of moderate. Merry doesn’t go nearly far enough, but he gets close to my formulation that Obama cannot be grasped within the normative terms of American politics, and that to make the attempt is to cede him ground he does not hold.

This is otherwise a very conventional analysis of Obama’s place in American political history, but at least it sees him on the periphery (though he’s way beyond that) rather than hovering near the center.

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