Barone: Will Obama be another Woodrow Wilson?
How will this election be seen in history? Obviously, it depends on who wins.
If Barack Obama is defeated, the irresistible comparison will be with Jimmy Carter. A one-term president was rejected after pursuing big government programs amid high energy prices and attacks on America in the Middle East.
A Romney victory would look like a refutation of the New Deal historians’ narrative – the idea that Democratic presidents increase the size and scope of government, voters ratify that, and Republican successors leave it alone till the next Democrat gets in.
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