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Subject: ‘The Good News for Obama’

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. . . is that, like Clinton in the wake of 1994, he has the opportunity to look and be authentically humble . . .

He has the chance to reconnect to and with the American people and ask for their partnership instead of their acquiescence . . .

We’re a remarkably forgiving people (see Clinton, Bill — Lewinsky edition) who take pride in giving even rogues and scoundrels second and third chances (if they’re authentically humble).

Even though i’m a cynical ex-Washpost reporter, my jaw drops when i read the leaks that the president may ‘double down’ on health care ‘reform’ . . .

This is a guy who campaigned — and won — as a post-partisan ‘purple’ state uniter who would appeal to what’s best in americans and end the politics of cynicism.

The idea that in the wake of failed intercessions in Virginia, New Jersey, and now Massachusetts, he’s going to ‘double down’ on Chicago ward-heeler backroom politiciking beggars belief . . .

A part of me wants him to try so that his arrogance snuffs out for a generation the idealism that brings the starry-eyed ‘liberal fascists’ to DC; the other part of me is an American who wants presidents to actually do a good job . . .

I have no clue which path he’ll take . . .

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