How Much Should Obama Work with Republicans?
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The ease with which Obama glides through political rituals is amazing. So is his ability to soothe while talking about disturbing truths.
Yet, symbolism soon will fade as Obama becomes the decider. To decide is to disappoint, even anger, those who haven't gotten their way, and frankly shouldn't. My hope for the new president is that he understands this and is willing to take the hits.
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Marie Cocco is a prize-winning syndicated columnist on political and cultural topics for the Washington Post Writers Group. She is a frequent commentator on national TV and radio shows.