It looks like President Obama has lost David Brooks. In short, Brooks believes that the moderate Obama of 2008 is gone. Instead, the 2012 election is shaping up to be a clash of ideological extremes–liberal versus conservative.
It says something about Brooks that he thinks Obama ran on a “moderate” platform in 2008. In 2008, Obama favored healthcare reform, abortion rights, gay rights, the expansion of the federal government, taxes on the wealthy, etcetera, etcetera. Brooks thought that platform was moderate?
To be sure, candidate Obama used moderate sounding rhetoric. He was affable, smart, and appealing. But make no mistake. His policy proposals were always well within the the progressive mainstream.