A colorful analogy:
Imagine a woman married to an abusive man. Over the course of 8 years, the violence escalates and takes a sudden rise at the end, before she finally divorces. Her next husband approves of her ex’s level of abuse and keeps it at its highest level for a time before ratcheting it down – though still well above the levels of abuse given by her ex for most of the marriage. Do you call the second husband a romantic?
Those who contend that Obama is not a profligate spender are suffering from something analogous to battered person syndrome. Hopefully enough of us are willing to get out of this destructive relationship in 2012.