From The American Conservative The bit on Russia is perceptive as to the causes of DC's misreadings of the awakening Bear. Bush with his reckless first term had greatly constrained DC's foreign policy options and was actually beginning to do a fair job of damage limitation in his last couple of years. The real differences are in tone and Barry does excel at speechifying and spin is important in politics. You could also accuse Barry of staging a re-run of Bill's first term domestically while unlike Clinton maintaining Bush's bender of fiscal irresponsibility. The health care farce is even more embarrassing for its poverty of ambition. Enraging state dependent seniors by floating the very idea of trying to trim ballooning Medicare costs was one of Dubya's pratfalls as well. We now have a donnish coffee colored chap rather than a swaggering fake cowboy in the white house and this confuses some identity obsessed folks but in a lot of ways this is Bush's third term. The lack of change we can believe in is indeed startling.