In the American political lexicon, Obama is turning out to be a moderate — somewhat conservative, somewhat liberal, according to a New York magazine survey of 53 historians. This is typical of presidents: John Kennedy and Bill Clinton were partly conservative, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were partly liberal, George H.W. Bush was only slightly more conservative than Bill Clinton. One can make the case that Richard Nixon was the last of the truly liberal presidents in terms of expanding the welfare state. Summary and wrap-up at AndrewSullivan.com.