Krauthammer: Obama wants to lose the house

Krauthammer has a novel take on the midterm election.  It is even more interesting given that Gibbs conceded the house this November.  They could be losing on purpose. 

Clinton lost big time in 1994.  It allowed the electoral anger to be expressed against the Republican congress, instead of the President and allowed him to be reelected, via IBD:
I have a warning for Republicans: Don't underestimate Barack Obama.

The critics don't understand the big picture. Obama's transformational agenda is a play in two acts.

Act One is over. The stimulus, ObamaCare, financial overhaul have exhausted his first-term mandate. It will bear no more heavy lifting. And the Democrats will pay the price for ideological overreaching by losing one or both houses, whether de facto or de jure. The rest of the first term will be spent consolidating these gains (writing the regulations, for example) and preparing for Act Two.

The next burst of ideological energy — massive regulation of the energy economy, federalizing higher education and "comprehensive" immigration changes (i.e., amnesty) — will require a second mandate, meaning re-election in 2012.

That's why there's so much tension between Obama and the congressional Democrats. For Obama, 2010 matters little. If Democrats lose control of one or both houses, Obama will likely have an easier time in 2012, just as Bill Clinton used Newt Gingrich and the Republicans as his foil for his 1996 re-election campaign.

Obama is down, but it's very early in the play. Like Reagan, he came here to do things. And he's done much in his first 500 days. What he has left to do he knows must await his next 500 days — those that come after re-election.

2012 is the real prize. Obama sees far, farther than even his own partisans. Republicans underestimate him at their peril.

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