"Change" president even less change-y than expected

Galston noted that while Clinton shunned the remnants of the Carter Administration in 1992, Obama’s Democratic predecessor led a popular eight-year administration, and the party is no longer riven by deep ideological splits.

“The president-elect has the great good fortune of having a Democratic Party with a usable past,” said Galston, who downplayed the differences between the Clinton and Obama camps during the primary. “It was never a substantive or an ideological split—it was more like Team A and Team B.”