Some political analysts have predicted that because of Obama’s decreased popularity, running against an even more unpopular Congress could be a winning strategy in 2012.
The president has already taken to filling in the gaps where he believes Congress has dropped the ball with the administration’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign launched several months ago. He has already used the power of the executive order to implement pieces of his proposed jobs bill until Congress officially makes it into a law, a move that has given Republicans more to go after him for.
However, while the president’s reelection strategy may seem strange to some, it is not without precedent. Harry Truman launched a similar campaign strategy
The Truman parallel is flawed, says the Washington Examiner in an editorial. Truman faced GOP majorities in both the House and the Senate. During Obama’s tenure, however, “it’s been the Democratic Senate, not the Republican House, that has blocked passage of bills that provided common-sense ways to get the economy growing again.” And let’s not forget, Congress has actually enacted most of Obama’s agenda. The problem is Obama’s agenda has been a “colossal bust.”