Have We Reached a New Political Alignment Yet? - By ROBERT O. SELF NYTimes.com

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Mr. Obama's health care reform and his cautious rejection of most of the policies of George W. Bush may well be judged by future historians as a meaningful adjustment. But there is insufficient clarity in the political landscape for him to articulate a new political calculus of the sort devised by Roosevelt and Reagan. The president's voice is simply one more in the raucous cacophony that currently defines our public square.... Without the benefit of historical distance, how do we judge whether we are in the midst of such a realignment? Are the country's deepest political instincts undergoing fundamental change? Coming up with an answer is not easy.

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