Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Most Liberal Ever? What Are Conservatives Smoking?
I keep seeing conservative bloggers claiming that the United States has just reelected the most liberal president in its history. This just seems silly to me. While I think it is hard to put modern presidents on the same left/right scale as 19th century presidents, just going back a hundred years, I would judge Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson as being way more liberal than Barack Obama, and I would put Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter ahead of him, too. I would judge Obama to be about as liberal as John Kennedy and Bill Clinton. Not only is Obama not the most liberal ever, he may not be in the top third for the last century.