Time magazine shamelessly flip-flopped this week in touting "Why Obama Loves Reagan," and headlining its cover story: "The Role Model: Barack Obama realized long ago that Ronald Reagan was a transformational president who reshaped the nation and its politics. Now Obama is fashioning his own president to follow the Gipper's playbook." But just two years ago, history had an entirely different flavor. Time pictured Obama as Franklin Roosevelt promising a “New New Deal.”
Time obviously never anticipated Obama would be routed in the House, and have to reinvent himself (with a lot of slavish media assistance). Today it's surprising to encounter what Peter Beinart wrote for Time then: “The coalition that carried Obama to victory is every bit as sturdy as America’s last two dominant political coalitions: the ones that elected Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. And the Obama majority is sturdy for one overriding reason: liberalism, which average Americans once associated with upheaval, now promises stability instead.”
The headline was "The New Liberal Order: The Obama presidency is just the beginning. Why shifting attitudes about government could make Democrats the ruling party for a generation."