Barack Obama: Paradoxical Whig

We're not saying this folks, Real Clear Politics is in a story by E.J. Dionne that carries a copyright by the Washington Post Writers Group.

The story lists several perceived paradoxes from President Obama's State of the Union speech and in a couple of cases compares Obama's position to that of the Whigs.

Here is one such example:

Let's also honor the Whigs who championed Clay's "American System." Its aim was to promote and protect our manufacturing entrepreneurs and use tariff money to finance "internal improvements," a better term for roads and canals than our unsightly talk of "infrastructure." Welcome to Obama's New American System.

This is not an unfair comparison, and the entire article (linked to below) is well worth the read.