Analysis: For Obama, a Mandate Only if He Now Earns One

A divided nation did not hand President Obama a mandate in his re-election victory. He'll have to earn that -- making the next stretch of his presidency as critical as anything he did to earn a second term. In 2008, the nation's deep divisions were healed for a moment that proved fleeting. Within weeks of Obama's soaring inaugural address, the nation was back into its divergent political grooves. The 2009 stimulus law passed on the power of Democratic votes and at the expense of Republican...Full Story
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