12/07/2010 05:08 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Barack O'Bush

It's like George W. is still here. You can bet he would have made sure to keep his tax cuts, and maintain massive troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq - all things our current President is doing, whether by design or political incompetence. Sure, Bush would not have passed anything like Obama's  health overhaul but you have to wonder if White House triangulation will ultimately result in paring that back. And don't forget that Bush won history's biggest expansion of Medicare - adding drug prescription benefits. Also, the deficit grew by leaps and bounds under both presidents. Provoked by fear rising from his party's congressional losses last month, the Obama who begins running for reelection next year will appear nothing like the liberal-leaning change agent who first got elected. Well maybe Obama's Supreme Court picks will make a difference, but we'll see about that.

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