A Bridge Too Far?

Posted: Jan 22, 2013 11:25 AM

It's been reported that President Obama's goal is to help Democrats retake the House in 2014.

If so, he's picked a strange way to go about it.  Pushing gun control right out of the chute isn't likely to do much to persuade voters who elected Republican congressmen even in the midst of the 2012 campaign to switch to a Democrat.  In fact, it's more likely to imperil Democratic senators in places like Alaska, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Montana and South Dakota.   

Obama obviously was feeling his oats with an inaugural speech tickling the fancy of every lefty within hearing or reading distance.  But Democrats serious about retaking the House or holding the Senate must have been holding their noses as he invoked gay rights and renewable energy, and extolled climate change in the context of responsibility to our children while somehow forgetting about the avalanche of debt, out-of-control spending, entitlement obligations and stagnating growth that, if left unaddressed, will crush them.  

The midterm election of a President's second term has historically not treated his party well.  Either President Obama believes he will defy historical trends once again or he simply isn't serious about any effort to secure a majority in the House and hold the Senate.