We've been skeptical of the arguments by some of our brethren on the right that Barack Obama is a quasi-socialist or a crypto-socialist ... or just a plain old socialist. But now the New York Times is weighing in, in favor of the proposition.

In an article, "Change in Paris May Better Fit U.S. Economic Positions," the Times reports:

"With the victory of the Socialist candidate, François Hollande, in the French presidential election, the White House has lost one of its closest allies on the Continent, but perhaps gained one with economic policy beliefs more closely aligned with its own....Mr. Hollande seems 'naturally more palatable to the administration,' said Justin Vaïsse, the director of research for the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution....Observers said that...Mr. Hollande was likely to hew closer to the Obama administration on economic issues....Mr. Hollande...said that the countries had a 'convergence' on economic issues."

So, according to the Times, the French Socialist is "closely aligned with," "naturally more palatable to," and "likely to hew closer to" the Obama administration on economic issues. Is, therefore, Barack Obama (more or less) a socialist?

Quod erat demonstrandum.

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