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GOP still aims to make Obama a failed president

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | 1/16/2013, 5:04 a.m.

A prolonged war with the GOP that results in the White House getting little or none of its legislative agenda through Congress runs the risk of souring public opinion not just on the GOP but the White House. This has been the bane of other presidents during their second term and has marred their legacy.

Then there’s the power of money. Since many well-heeled corporate bankrolled candidates went down to defeat in the presidential election, some saw this as a grand rejection of the corporate, banking and wealthy ultra-conservative bankrollers ability to buy their way into office with their handpicked conservative candidates.

That is a wrong read. Money will continue to be a potent weapon at the GOP’s disposal. The astronomical cost of winning an office virtually assures that. The difference will be that in future elections, the GOP will be more selective and prudent about the conservatives that its campaign financiers bankroll.

The GOP’s greatest weapon is the frozen political divide in the country. Nearly 50 percent of the nation’s voters not only did not support Obama, but expressed total contempt for his policies and his administration. The GOP banks that it can swivel this divisiveness into sustained opposition to those policies, and that it can buy enough time with that until the 2014 midterm elections and further boost its numbers in the House and especially the Senate.

The 2012 election defeat did not in any way sate the GOP’s thirst to regain its dominance in national politics and that includes its ultimate goal of winning back the White House. If it can succeed in tarring Obama as a failed president, then it cynically calculates that will make that goal much easier to attain.


Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.