Delusions of Grandeur
Obama sees himself as a transformative president.
Mar 29, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 27 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Obama dilated further in an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal on January 14, 2008. “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that, you know, Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not,” he said. (Hillary Clinton and John Edwards predictably distorted the statement for use in the Democratic primaries.)
Obama’s hope was to take liberalism into the mainstream the same way that Reagan had conservatism. In his mind, he had the political skills to do it.
“I think that we’re shifting the political paradigm here,” he told the Gazette-Journal.
Health care might make Obama a transformative president. But Democrats in Republican districts and swing districts are not likely to be calling Obama to campaign for them this fall.
Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.