September 22, 2010

NEVER HAVE THE TWO PARTIES BEEN SO EAGER TO NOT HAVE ANY POWER*:

Why losing the House would be good for Obama: Republicans have had it easy for the last two years, but they'd look a lot different if they actually had power (Mark Greenbaum, 9/21/10, Salon)

Divided government would give Obama an avenue to establish clear and sharper divisions between his ideas and the Republicans', since the GOP would have to offer concrete legislation and solutions and not simply opposition talking points. More important, it would provide the president with a credible foil he can use to go on the offensive.

In fact, what Democrats now see as their best-case scenario in November's elections -- holding the House by perhaps a handful of seats -- might actually be the worst thing for them. They would maintain ownership of the economy with limited ability to split up any blame, while Republicans in the Senate, boosted by significant gains, would prevent them from achieving anything significant over the next two years. The investigations House Republicans would presumably rev up would be infuriating, but a slim majority combined with a nearly 50-50 Senate would be a politically worthless alternative.

* Okay, it's really the responsibility they don't want, because governing requires compromise and defiles their perfect ideological purity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2010 5:25 AM
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