The latest obsession of the chattering class is pondering if a Republican House might help Obama. The reasons they cite is that it would force Republicans to govern and have some ideas rather that just obstruct and that Obama needs Republican cooperation to get some of his legislation passed. They go on to use Reagan and Clinton when they lost the House.
I became somewhat skeptical when I noticed most of the talking heads promoting this idea lean to the right. Also, Reagan and Clinton are bad examples. They didn’t get much done when they lost the House.
So would a Republican House help Obama? I’m not so sure. In the first place the Republicans that are challenging Democratic seats tend to range from the far right to certified teabaggers. And then there contemplating John Boehner becoming Speaker. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), ranking member of the Oversight Committee is on the record that he would use subpoena power to investigate the Obama administration. For what I’m not sure, maybe he wants to see his birth certificate.