The Newly Empowered Obama

E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
WASHINGTON — It is said after every election that the victors should put politics aside and work for the good of the country.If President Obama believed this pious nonsense, he would put his second term in jeopardy. Asking politicians to ignore politics is like insisting that professional hockey players switch to basketball. In a system with national elections every two years — and in which the two parties are in relatively close balance — politics never disappears.

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