From President-Elect Obama’s 60 Minutes interview:
We’ve gotta come up with solutions that are true to our times and true to this moment. And that’s gonna be our job. I think the basic principle that government has a role to play in kick starting an economy that has ground to a halt is sound.
I think our basic principle that this is a free market system and that that has worked for us, that it creates innovation and risk taking, I think that’s a principle that we’ve gotta hold to as well. But what I don’t wanna do is get bottled up in a lot of ideology and is this conservative or liberal. My interest is finding something that works.
And whether it’s coming from FDR or it’s coming from Ronald Reagan, if the idea is right for the times then we’re gonna apply it. And things that don’t work we’re gonna get rid of.
This is what Chris was talking about in his column “Ideology or People?” Are we going to actually try to help people, or are we going to cling bitterly to a failed ideology.
Obama is charismatic, popular, and pragmatic. The ideologues days are numbered.