Some of us have been saying that all along.

“Obama: The conservative of 2012?”

Published: Monday, December 26, 2011 at 3:00 a.m.
E.J. Dionne Jr. is a columnist for the Washington Post.

Obama will be the conservative in 2012, in the truest sense of that word.

He is the candidate defending the modestly redistributive and regulatory government the country has relied on since the New Deal and that neither Ronald Reagan nor George W. Bush dismantled.

The rhetoric of the 2012 Republicans suggests they want to go far beyond where Reagan or Bush ever went.

And here’s the irony: By raising the stakes of 2012 so high, Republicans will be playing into Obama’s hands.

As my colleagues Greg Sargent and Paul Krugman have been insisting, Romney is saying things about the president that are flatly, grossly and shamefully untrue.