This makes some sense in that it, at least, provides an explanation for why Pres. Obama continues this year to push an extreme and unpopular agenda. If Republicans retake Congress or, at least, part of it this year, Obama could blame all of his problems on them when he runs in 2012. Contrast that theory, though, with Peggy Noonan's observations:
One Democratic official … (said) some Democratic House members actually believe that the White House “wouldn’t mind having a foil, and that foil is a Republican (House) majority — that would serve their political purposes going into 2012.”
These House Democrats say privately that veterans of Bill Clinton’s administration working in Obama’s White House may think having a Republican majority in Congress will help Obama win re-election, as it did Clinton in 1996. House Democrats know that Obama will do whatever it takes to win re-election, whether or not it helps members keep their seats this year.
So, is he pursuing his unpopular agenda because he wants a second term, as some House Democrats suspect, or because he does not want one, as Peggy Noonan suggests?
There is, I think, an amazing political fact right now that is hiding in plain sight and is rich with implications. It was there in President Obama's Jan. 25, pre-State of the Union interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, who was pressing him about his political predicaments. "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president," he said. "And I—and I believe that."
Now this is the sort of thing presidents say, and often believe they believe, but at the end of the day they all want two terms. Except that Mr. Obama shows every sign of meaning it, and if he does, it explains a lot about his recent decisions and actions.
Hat tip: Hot Air
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