A concrete agenda and landslide victory might not even guarantee a president his mandate in a capital as polarized as Washington.
Don't kid yourself. President Obama's decision to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan before he stands for reelection is not driven by the United States' 'position of strength' in the war zone as much as it is by grim economic and political realities at home.
Barack Obama may have found the answer to his biggest rhetorical challenge: When millions of voters are unemployed or underemployed, how does a president simultaneously sound realistic and optimistic?
In times of tumult, voters are likely to forgive a president, if not reward him, for compromises made in service of solutions.
Political reporters and political professionals rushed to judgment against Romney because we crave clear, unambiguous story lines.
Most political journalists come to Washington because they're snappy writers, big thinkers, or news breakers. Me? My ticket to the big leagues had little to do with talent. It was mostly about the governor I was covering, Bill Clinton.