One of my bigger differences with Obama has long been that I considered him a traditional liberal institutionalist, while I identify as a realist. Well now Fareed Zakaria is telling me I need to rethink that:

These critiques, however, are off the mark. Over the course of the campaign against Hillary Clinton and now McCain, Obama has elaborated more and more the ideas that would undergird his foreign policy as president. What emerges is a world view that is far from that of a typical liberal, much closer to that of a traditional realist.

Of course Zakaria is contrasting Obama with Idealism, which is a bit of a different animal. I suppose time will tell, but I’m not one to argue with Zakaria.