Barack Obama’s 2006 bestseller The Audacity of Hope gave us a number of clues as to how he would govern based on his worldview.
We can’t say we weren’t warned.
Amid the graceful prose, we see underlying hostility to the idea of revealed truth (apart from his own). We also see an understanding of the Constitution as a sort of referee between interests instead of a binding fetter on government power.
Mr. Obama describes his view as “one that sees our democracy not as a house to be built, but as a conversation to be had. …What the framework of the...