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Updated: 11/13/2012 08:00:45AM

Elections are not about mandates

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Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post Writer's Group

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The biggest mistake President Obama could make now is to arrogantly overinterpret the election results.

One of the dumbest things politicians do in the aftermath of elections is to claim a mandate. Even dumber is when they actually believe it. And re-elected presidents are especially susceptible to the mandate delusion.

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