February 5, 2010 2:04 AM

Commentary: When reelection matters more than the country

A few words about that important speech President Obama gave last week. No, not that important speech, the other one. Obama's speech before a gathering of GOP representatives and the freewheeling, unscripted Q&A that followed, spoke volumes about how he proposes to make those initiatives reality: i.e., through civil negotiation, compromise and consensus — things that have been scarce in the public sphere since the days of Jheri curls and power suits if not longer.

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