Obama reminds his own party to keep its head and the other party to stop losing its mind.

Notes from the political sidelines.
Jan. 27 2010 10:22 PM

The Best Revenge

Obama reminds his own party to keep its head and the other party to stop losing its mind.

Slate on the State of the Union: John Dickerson says Obama returned to the themes he campaigned on.Christopher Beam describes the partisan disharmony on the floor of the House. Fred Kaplan argues the federal spending freeze should extend to the Pentagon, too. See images from Obama's first year in office, as well as past presidential speeches, from Magnum Photos.

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Every president faces setbacks. What separates those who recover from those who don't is the courage to challenge orthodoxy and solve problems. Running the country is serious business and the best politics is results. In times of panic more than ever, Washington must not forget: Governing well is the best revenge.

Bruce Reed, who was President Clinton's domestic policy adviser, is CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council and co-author with Rahm Emanuel of The Plan: Big Ideas for Change in America.E-mail him at thehasbeen@gmail.com. Read his disclosure here.

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