One of the things that keeps me optimistic about an Obama administration is that by temperament, he doesn’t seem the type to claim a mandate. One of the things that makes me cautious about an Obama administration is that he damned well better govern as if he has one. Will:
For now, the president-elect is coming to terms with something noted by Ambrose Bierce, the 19th-century American wit who wrote “The Devil’s Dictionary.” He defined “president” as the leading figure in a small group of persons of whom it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want them to be president. Tuesday night, Obama, in his agreeably subdued speech in Grant Park, seemed to feel the weight of that.