The past year was a political wonk’s idea of heaven as the 2008 NATIONAL ELECTION CAMPAIGNS seemed to stretch on forever. Once the mud had settled, however, the world soon found that President-elect Barack Obama and the Democratic Party had won pretty handily, with the majority of the nation responding favorably to their message for change in the face of a global economic meltdown. In the final reckoning, Obama had won with 53 percent of the popular vote and ...

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