For ledocs, Larison on WRM:
The current post
Almost two years ago, Walter Russell Mead dubbed Obama a “high Jeffersonian” to explain how he could describe Obama as a Jeffersonian. I objected to Mead’s labeling Obama as a Jeffersonian in the first place, and I doubted that this “high Jeffersonian” category existed at all. Now Mead is back to tell us that Obama is actually a Hamiltonian (via Joseph Lawler), which is what most of Mead’s critics were saying from the beginning
more general criticism of the whole thing:
Many times before I have objected to the foreign policy classifications Walter Russell Mead uses when describing different American foreign policy traditions, and this new article is a good example of why I find them so misleading and frequently inaccurate. As a shorthand, the terms can be useful up to a point, but the more I see them used the more I think that they serve to caricature and distort the positions of most of the foreign policy views in question.
Not directly relevant to anything discussed here, but I thought you might find it interesting.