Sullivan: Obama Could Be the Next Reagan
And Romney is a uniquely religious data cruncher: New Yorker
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2012 5:00 PM CDT
Updated Sep 24, 2012 5:50 PM CDT
President Barack Obama waves as he is introduced during a campaign stop Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Milwaukee.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

(Newser) – 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.

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tran_tor
Sep 25, 2012 7:07 AM CDT
The president knows that the popular kid gets voted prom king. This president, with the help of the media, has more of a cult of personality than any president since Kennedy. Ronald Reagan? Clinton was more like Reagan. Reagan and Clinton were adored because of their policies. Obama has presided over a pretty crappy 4 years, and has had pretty unpopular policies. Kennedy's policies were also huge failures, but he and his immediate family have been adored for decades. 'Camelot' I believe is the term used to describe his time in office.
sandmannc40
Sep 25, 2012 5:24 AM CDT
More like the next NIXON, is more like it. He should be impeached and jailed. Crimes against the country, crimes against the American people and Crimes against the Constitution. The Top Democrats and Supreme Court Justice that approved his records to hold office should face the same punishment. Nancy Pelosi, "You have to pass it in order to find out what's in it" What? What ever happened to doing your JOB? Your to know whats in the bills before you pass them.
Cat-Lover
Sep 25, 2012 4:04 AM CDT
There's something about Romney I find sinister.