Set aside the fact that "rational" analysis isn't really enough when formulating policy -- it also requires not only number-crunching but a realistic understanding of history and the human character and human condition. What's more arresting is the apparent implication of the argument that Broder presents: Wouldn't it follow that big picture liberals like Obama would be more comfortable with a more authoritarian (maybe even totalitarian) form of government?
Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.