Obama also promised regulatory reform and tax cuts for the middle class. On child care, he talked only about boosting the child tax credit to make it more affordable for parents.

On immigration, Obama promised to improve border security. “We need stronger enforcement on the border and at the workplace,” he said.

Obama promised only to fill in the financing gap for Social Security, but never mentioned expanding benefits.

Of course, Obama betrayed many of those promises and failed to keep others. And he was much more liberal than he let on.

Nevertheless, were he campaigning on his 2008 proposals today, he’d likely be written off as an uninspired, centrist establishmentarian.