Why President Obama Is a ‘Gift’ to Republicans

Obama is a disaster for our country.
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President Obama is a gift to Republicans. His policies, his partisanship, his allegiance to liberal interest groups, his indecisiveness​—​they all have served Republicans well. Without Obama’s self-destructive presidency, Republicans would probably be somber today. Instead they are bursting with optimism about the November midterm election.

It didn’t have to be this way. And it wouldn’t be, had the president shown more foresight and less insistence on getting whatever he wanted, pretty much in the form he wanted. Congressional Democrats had a hand in this. But the policies were his. Obama was in charge. He’s responsible.

For starters, the political impact of Obamacare could have been different. It was never popular, but the president made it less so by violating a rule of thumb in enacting an entitlement: It must have popular support and pass with a bipartisan majority. Obamacare had neither. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Medicare prescription drug benefit had both.

In 1935, FDR’s original Social Security Act drew Republican majorities in the House (81-15) and Senate (16-5). In 1965, Medicare and Medicaid attracted nearly all Democrats and half the Republicans. In 2003, the GOP-sponsored drug benefit got the votes of only 9 Democrats in the House but 35 of 48 in the Senate.



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