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The victory speech Rahm Emanuel could have delivered

The victory speech Rahm Emanuel could have delivered

In 2004, two days after he squeaked to re-election by 2.4 percentage points, President George W. Bush did a verbal end-zone dance at a news conference.

"I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it," he said. "It is my style."

Would he seek bipartisan consensus in a closely divided nation?

"I will reach out to everyone who shares our goals," he said.

"Na-na na-na boo-boo," he did not add.

Bush's chestiness in the wake of the narrow victory received considerable coverage because it's so rare in politics.

Tradition calls for grace, humility and words of outreach, no matter how...

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