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Just because someone has a lot of power, such as Barrack Obama now has a newly elected US President, doesn't mean he can do anything he wants with it. Power itself provides an extremely limited set of options, and it almost always requires that an actor with power do things in a way that increases or maintains that power, because if he doesn't he will soon lose all of it.  That's central thesis of Machiavelli's "The Prince," and Obama is a student of the renown Chicago organizer Saul Alinsky, who famously declared himself to be the Machiavelli for radicals, drawing most of his organizing theories from "The Prince."  

So expect Obama to treat the Presidency much more like Reagan than Carter, and also expect him to be as vilified for doing so from both the left and the right as was FDR, like you're doing to him right now.  

by santiago on Sat Feb 21st, 2009 at 11:22:32 PM EST

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