David Corn: Obama the Organizer: Help Me Win Second-Term Fights

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In his second inaugural address, Obama did, once again, call for higher discourse in the political realm: 'We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.' But he now must realize that asking for the end to silliness is pointless. The goal is to triumph when confronted with such inanity and heels-dug-in opposition. Obama's words today will not gain him any ground in his oncoming clashes with Republicans in Congress. But they are a sign that he has thought deeply about what lies ahead for his presidency and that he hopes to wage a collective fight.

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