Michael Medved
Americans like divided government, in which opposing parties control the White House and Congress.  Among the last nine presidents over the course of 45 years, only two left office with high popularity ratings--Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Reagan faced Democratic majorities in the House of Representatives for all eight years of his presidency, and Clinton battled GOP control of both houses of Congress for six of his eight years.  In the upcoming Congressional campaigns of 2010, Republicans should appeal to this healthy American yen for balance rather than attacking Obama personally.

Their appeal should be that the president actually needs GOP Congressional control to pull him back to the center.  What he doesn't need is a return to power for Nancy Pelosi and radical Democrats who would get another chance to drag him to the extreme left.

Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
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