From poll numbers to political vision, President Obama most resembles one iconic president: President Reagan, argues Andrew Sullivan in Newsweek. After waging a spirited defense of Obama's "long-term" policies in January, Sullivan has the president's back again, saying Obama could "resolve the three-decade-long battle between taxes and spending initiated by Reagan and intensified by the orgy of spending under George W. Bush"—if, that is, the GOP loses ground in November and agrees on a reasonable mix of tax increases and reduced spending. Click for the full article.
Nicholas Lemann, meanwhile, has a lengthy profile of Mitt Romney in the New Yorker that portrays him as a unique figure in US political history—both deeply religious and well-schooled in America's finance-driven, 21st-century economy. In fact, Romney's Mormonism would make him the country's most religious president ever, while his career as a consultant could help him solve the nation's stubborn problems—if only he could overcome his inability to relate to crowds. "The private sector is less forgiving" than politics, Romney tells Lemann. "In politics, politicians make mistakes all the time and blame their opposition, or borrow more money, or raise taxes to pay for their mistake." Click for the full article.