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Obama’s 2012 Opponent: The ‘Republican Congress’

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By Doug Powers  •  October 27, 2011 11:35 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

This falls into the “nice try” category, but ultimately it probably won’t fly.

From The Hill:

President Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill are increasingly referring to the Congress as “Republican” even though their party controls one-half of the unpopular institution.

Obama and his allies have started to deploy the phrase “Republican Congress” in what some experts see as a clear attempt to gain a political advantage.

“I’m the first one to acknowledge that the relations between myself and the Republican Congress have not been good over the last several months, but it’s not for lack of effort,” Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos earlier this month.
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And other Democrats have used the term.
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Political scientists have said that Obama is using a game plan similar to that used by Presidents Truman and Clinton. Both won their reelection by railing about Congress. The difference, however, is that both chambers in 1948 and 1996 were controlled by Republicans.

Jay Carney also pinned the low approval rating of Congress on Republicans as if the GOP owns the show.

Why are they stopping at Congress? As much as Bush is still blamed for everything, shouldn’t Dems go all the way and refer to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as the “Republican White House”?

Sure, a lot of people aren’t aware that the Republicans do not control the full legislative branch, and so they might be tempted to fall for the latest verbal sleight of hand. But since Obama has been on the trail telling everybody he can and will bypass Congress to get what he wants, that would seem to weaken the “blame Republicans” approach. We’ll see.

By the way, the least popular member of the Republican Congress is Nancy Pelosi.

**Written by Doug Powers

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