Obama is not likely to be a Roosevelt. But conservatives remain in a difficult position. Since they favor economic success, they must root for Obama to be a Clinton — even as they suspect and predict he will be a Carter.
Elsewhere, he remarks that Obama is (already) driving intraparty adversaries on the right closer together; this post suggests that’s true. The way to spin out Gerson’s even-keeled rumination into a political slogan for Republicans is to say “Even if we succeed, we’ll have failed” — even in Clintonian terms. Such a line would be fair, sane, and also true.