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Obama must monitor the pulse of the nation

Ruth Marcus has a point – and a good one. In her Nov. 18 op-ed, “Mandate delusion,” she emphasizes the need to downplay hubris. Perceived mandates, like other political points of view, can change swiftly. It only takes an unexpected national or international event for opinions to waver. Marcus is right. Despite the election’s big win for Team Obama, the president and the Democrats must keep close watch on the pulse of the nation. While it’s prudent to follow through on successful campaign agendas, the true value of a successful second term is not to “overinterpret” recent election results.

Barbara Woodworth

Amherst