Two years ago, I was worried by the “Obama as FDR” scenario.  That cloud is lifting.  Now two alternate scenarios for Obama keep coming to mind.

Scenario #1: Obama as Carter.  He’ll ineffectively stick to his guns, seem weak, become a one-term president, and be replaced by a Republican who pulls the plug on a lot of accumulated statist nonsense.

Scenario #2: Obama as Clinton.  He’ll move to the center, let his opponents shoot themselves in the foot, win re-election, and preside over four more years of salutory gridlock.

Take your pick.