Obama and Legislative Power
A year from now, no one is going to be making analogies to LBJ.
12:00 AM, Jul 22, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
Big legislative majorities always help president’s look quasi-omnipotent when it comes to relations with Congress. But Mr. Obama “won” his battles because he was part of a stampeding Democratic majority that badly outnumbered the other side. His victories would have been more impressive if he occasionally challenged his own team or negotiated something other than token GOP support.
Yet Obama's victories have been pyrrhic; their partisan nature will undoubtedly thin the Democratic herd this November. A year from now, no one is going to be making analogies to LBJ.
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