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    You could probably say it was a mandate for policy if you had an opposition that interested more in winning elections than ideology. There does some to be some softening of the GOP stance on immigration. Although listening to Graham last night on Huckabee, their reform still seems pretty hard line. You see Kristol softening the stance on taxes on the rich. Will we sway some republicans in the House enough to get them to join the democrats in getting majority votes. Remains to be seen but if they do that the majorities will be damn tenuous. Think Obama will not have the problem that Bush had in pursuing unpopular policies with lousy sales techniques (privatization, Schaivo) and botching the mandate or consensus or whatever. Think the key is the media not covering the reaction of the GOP base like they did the tea party in 2009. They will go batshit crazy and we have to fight the perception that it represents a groundwell against Obama's policies.

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