Against the Grain

Obama as Oxymoron

Hendrik Hertzberg met Jeffrey Hart in 1980 when they debated at Rockland Community College as proxies for their bosses, President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, respectively. Now Hertzberg writes for The New Yorker and they’re on the same side, as Hart came out as an Obamacon in The Daily Beast. Hart supports Obama for behaving like a conservative by opposing wars that a lack clear rationale. “He’s opposed to dumb conservatives. Substituting ‘liberals’ for ‘conservatives,’” Hertzberg writes, “I concur.”