The Deval Patrick Model

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Noam Scheiber explains the reasoning behind the White House's doubling down on a post-partisan, good-government, tackle-the-tough-issues approach to the next two years. I have to say I find the rationale persuasive. And in some ways, it comes down to this: the GOP House has finally given Obama the space to be the president he always wanted to be.

(Photo: Obama campaigning for Patrick last October, by Saul Loeb/Getty.)