A December 11th op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer cites a CSPC study on second-terms by John P. Burke in its discussion of Obama's chances at dodging the second-term curse.
The op-ed quotes directly from Burke that for a President to kill the second-term curse they need to have "a clearheaded understanding ... of what reelection really means and what power it realistically conveys. It is most likely a vote of confidence. ... It is also, in part, a victory in a popularity contest and/or a rejection of an opponent. As a result, it probably will not yield a policy mandate for a second term. It surely is not a license to chase ideological dreams."
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