Would a Republican House help Obama?

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.



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22 responses to “Would a Republican House help Obama?

  1. I don’t care whether it benefit Obama or not, it’s a stupid argument, the country cannot handle the effects of the Hill held by the repugs, we are where we are today because of repug control of the House.

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  3. TempeBev

    I don’t think a Rep house would help. There would just be more of them to say “no” to anything that Obama suggests. Their mantra is no to anything that would help middle/lower class people and yes to helping the rich. @&(&^$# them.

  4. dooty

    I have to agree with the”no it won’t help” crowd. Bev has it right. @&(^$# them.

  5. dooty

    I read about this last week but was just too lazy to post it. What I was reading was the Portland newspaper story referenced in the NewsMax story. It is pretty telling when NewMax says “no proof”.

  6. TempeBev

    Dnd – if I ever get ambitious to write a thread, where should it be sent since you have taken over the blog?

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    See d, I told you it was the repugs that were going to end up tearing themselves apart, not the Dems!

    • dnd

      I looked up refuteiate (from Palin’s tweet and her appearance on Fox) in the dictionary:

      refuteiate    /rɪˈfyut e ate/
      –verb (used with object)
      1. A Palinism which designed to show supporters she has a vast vocabulary and is therefore smart.
      2. Proof that the de facto leader of the Republican party is dumb as a stump and fails when she tries to dispel it.

  8. TempeBev

    Thanks d

  9. MadMustard

    Would a Republican-House help Obama?


    Not a chance.

    If the House Chamber flips it will join the Senate (which will likely have a significantly diminished Dem majority) in obstructing any meaningful legislation.  The campaign for 2012 will begin in earnest in Jan 2011, and it will not be pretty. 

    They will control the committees and they have already stated that a primary objective will be to rollback ‘Obama Care’. 

    I doubt they would go down the ‘Birther’ rabbit-hole but ever other oriface will likely be explored fully… 

    Why? Because… that’s just the way they roll.

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  12. dog's eye view

    Agree with general consensus here:

    Would a Republican House help Obama?


    Besides, these are not even the Republicans of 1994. They’re a few more stops down the Crazy Train line.

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