…underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
Here’s the strategy:
(1) Presidents Truman and Clinton won re-election by complaining about their Republican-controlled Congresses.
(2) Obama wants to win re-election.
(3) Therefore he and the Democrats are complaining about their Republican-controlled Congress.
Only thing is—Democrats are in the majority in one house of the legislature, the one known as the Senate. The Democrats’ argument is that Republicans “control” that house by the use of the filibuster. They don’t, any more than any minority party with 40 or over seats in the Senate “controls” it; their power is limited to blocking legislation. If “control” is now defined as “having over 60 Senate votes in order to invoke cloture,” then surely the Democrats are closer to “control” of this Senate than the Republicans are, and to say otherwise is sophistry.
But apparently Democrats are counting on the fact that “polls taken over the last several years show that many voters are unclear which party runs the House and/or Senate.” In other words, the people may be getting the government they deserve.