At the conclusion of his piece on the rise of Republicans born, like the president, since 1960, Matthew Continetti observes
The ultimate irony is that President Obama, 48, is not only part of the generational turn, he’s accelerating it. Obama promised a new politics, but his inexperience and ideology led him to cede power to the archons in Congress, experts in the old way of doing things. The liberal lions gloried in the return of the transactional welfare politics of their youth, but the public quickly soured on their policies. So the liberal restoration is bittersweet. Obama gave the old liberals one last chance to enact a decades-old agenda. But the future belongs to Sean Duffy.
Emphasis added. In many ways, that is the ultimate irony of Obama’s success. He ran as a new kind of politician, yet has devoted his Administration to enacting items on the Democrats’ long-time wish list. And his solution to every problem is the same old solution Democrats have been offering for the past 78 years–more government spending, increasing centralization, a greater amount of federal regulation.
Contrast this with Reagan’s appeal thirty years ago. He may have been the oldest man ever elected to the White House, yet he had great appeal among the young of his era, those now rising to the political fore, as per Continetti’s piece. He offered a bold new idea, but one rooted an ideal upon which this nation was built: freedom.
Barack Obama, by contrast, hasn’t offered any new ideas, just touted his as a better persona than the typical politician. But, persona comes from the Latin word for mask. And once Obama’s mask has been removed, we see the same old, same old big government ideas.