Well, as we all know, Obama has lot the US House of Representatives.
Now, this is both expected, and bad.
The House and the Senate operate quite differently. The house is elected every 2 years – all of it. The Senate is elected 1/3 ever 2 years, and thanks to the fact that few Democrats were up for re-election that body didn’t change hands.
But the other thing about the House is, it’s where any spending bills must originate. So they hold the purse strings. Also unlike the Senate, the majority rules, sets the agenda. There’s no filibusters in the house.
What this means is that funding can be cut to anything that the Republicans don’t like. They can’t however drive through any laws Obama doesn’t like since he has the veto, which can only be overridden by a 2/3 vote in the Senate which is assuming they get the 60 votes they need to pass it in the first place, which is unlikely.
In other words, if Obama wants to move forward, he has to be the post-partisan president he said he would be, not the hyper-partisan he has been and is.
Speaking of which, Michelle Malkin outlines why Obama might have lost some of his support over the last 2 years.
Just two short years ago, Obama campaigned as the transcendent unifier. “Young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled, Americans have sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of red states and blue states,” he proclaimed. “We have been and always will be the United States of America.”
It’s been an Us vs. Them freefall ever since.
“We don’t mind the Republicans joining us,” Obama taunted a few weeks ago. “They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
“They’re counting on young people staying home and union members staying home and black folks staying home,” the fear-mongering agent of hope and change jeered on the campaign trail last month.
“You would think they’d be saying thank you,” he sneered last April, when millions turned out for the nationwide Tax Day tea party protests.
“I want them just to get out of the way” and “don’t do a lot of talking,” he scoffed in response to prescient critics of the federal trillion-dollar stimulus boondoggle.
In addition to labeling GOP opponents of his open-borders policies “enemies” who needed to be “punished” by Latino voters, Obama accused them — that is, us — of lacking patriotism. “Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values,” he told viewers of the Spanish-language network Univision.
In other words, he’s been a left wing version of Bush with a great voice and a bad attitude. Why on earth the media thought this guy was going to be better than McCain is beyond me.