The latest polls heading into the weekend before Election Day suggest whoever is elected president will face the same dysfunctional Congress that President Obama has faced the last two years. That, in turn, increases the pressure on engaged citizens to push their representatives to take action in the areas most important to them.
Republican nominee Mitt Romney was proclaimed the winner of the Oct. 3 presidential debate by wide swaths of the media, while President Obama’s performance was criticized by his own allies. On a policy level, however, Romney’s comments on Medicare, health care in general and taxes appeared to represent a significant shift to the center – and away from the alliance he’s tried to nurture with the tea party movement. This, more than Obama’s downcast demeanor, is likely to carry real implications for the rest of the presidential contest.
President Obama this week gave the type of enthusiastic shout-out to healthcare reform that many supporters have been awaiting for two years. But Friday’s disappointing jobs report makes clear that the president’s electoral fortunes hang on employment — and offering a vision for future economic strength.
House Republicans are edging toward a vote on a Contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, but many liberals and conservatives believe the internal Obama administration documents that Republicans want aren’t really the point.