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The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going.

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If you take the long view, you’ll see how startlingly, how unexpectedly but regularly things change. Not by magic, but by the incremental effect of countless acts of courage, love and commitment, the small drops that wear away stones and carve new landscapes, and sometimes by torrents of popular will that change the world suddenly.

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President Obama invoked "hope" and "change" in his DNC speech, but not in the same way he did in 2008. Instead, he presented a more subdued and realistic view of what his second term in office would look like if he is re-elected in November while trying to show Americans they are better off today than they were four years ago. President Obama invoked "hope" and "change" in his speech, but not like he did in 2008.

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In an effort to improve upon the 2008 slogans of “Hope” and “Change,” the Obama campaign insisted before an Ohio audience Saturday that the president would take the country “Forward” if voters (and corporate sponsors) elected him to four more years in the White House.

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The whole "hope" thing is a little much, and the "change" bit is played out, so however will Barack Obama spin his slogans for this presidential campaign as the embattled incumbent? Let's call it American Dream Lite, if you will.

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