Re-Election Thanks to a Do-Nothing Congress

  If the president wants to win reelection, he needs to pass his jobs and debt bills. And by that I mean they need to fail. Since his election in 2008, the Republican Party has routinely come out against nearly everything the president has championed through Congress. Even when the president proposes policy ideas that the GOP would normally vote for, they vote against him. For better or for worse, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) best summarized their attitude toward the president when he said his goal was a one-term Obama presidency. So with the knowledge of the last two years, the president should learn that the GOP will vote against anything coming out of the White House. Now that compromise is next to impossible, and cooler heads will not prevail within the Beltway, why not, well, use that against them? In 1948, President Truman was faced with an opposition Congress hell-bent on taking back the White House. They even went so far as to override a presidential veto on a labor-relations bill that was anti-union. In fact, Truman was so far down in the polls that the Republican Convention adopted a platform they felt was advantageous to getting a Republican elected president. Among the policy proposals that year: federal aid to states for slum clearance and low-rental housing, extension of Social Security benefits, anti-lynching legislation, federal civil...

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