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We're less than 24 hours from polls opening in the 2010 general election, so it's interesting to go back to the 2008 election and listen to then-candidate Obama make the case for his candidacy. This is from a 2007 forum at Google, but it's pretty standard: Watching it, what's striking is how much more successful Obama has been in his substantive promises than his procedural hopes. The different politics he spoke of haven't arrived, and in fact seem further from reach than ever. But much of what he promised to get done -- drawing down the Iraq war, for instance, or passing health-care reform -- really has happened.

By Ezra Klein  | November 1, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
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