WASHINGTON -- While President-elect Obama ran a great campaignwith an appealing message, the results were as much a rejection ofthe status quo as a mandate for any specific policies.

That was the analysis of two veteran political observers at apost-election forum today cosponsored by CUNA, the National Journaland other organizations.

"The public's fear of the status quo was greater than their fearof change," said Charles Cook, editor of The Cook Report, apolitical forecasting newsletter.

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