My favorite bits are:
In fact, the president’s re-election depends on a consensus around hard truths, the acknowledgment that immediately after the economic crisis, maybe we didn’t “deserve” to have the best years ever. Obama’s re-election, in a landscape hostile to any incumbent, would signify a certain reckoning, some actual grappling with the complexity of the crisis at hand, and a realization that neither Republican flag-waving nor sloganeering for “hope and change” are substitutes for hard choices.
At his best, Obama stands for understated stewardship and pragmatism in a time of global, structural economic shock, and in the face of a Republican opposition that hasn’t shown an interest in conservative policy outcomes. Even as a lame duck, Obama is more likely to strike a responsible deal on long-term deficit reduction, pursue a policy of restraint on Iran, address the immigration mess, and enact conservative-friendly changes to education policy and, yes, his own health care law.The more I read this site, the more I like it. I continue to disagree on a few issues, they have a different view of the church-state relationship and in particular how individual religious autonomy should interact with large institutions, such as the Catholic church, as well as a view of debt and the role of the state that I find rather outdated. But on most other issues I tend towards either agreeing or at least feeling that they have a defensible position on the issue that I am happy to engage with on the other side.
Neither candidate for president offers a healthy, reality-based conservatism. But one candidate gives a fairer accounting of the realities we face. As a conservative, I opt for the familiar slog, even if it means stasis, and the “long rugged path” predicted by the current president four years ago.
Unlike movement Conservatism, and house Congressional Republicans, and their tendency to censor uncomfortable truths about taxation; one of the biggest issue differences that this election will decide.