Obama and the Passive-Aggressive Presidency

Suppose President Obama wins reelection, but is greeted by a Republican House and perhaps a Republican Senate. I argue at Fox News that Obama’s negative campaign has deprived him of any claim to a mandate, which will leave him without any influence over legislative reform on the great challenges facing us in domestic policy. Moreover, if this campaign has shown us anything, it has been that progressivism has become intellectually exhausted.

This time, however, we won’t see the happy state of affairs that prevailed from 1994 to 2000, when the Gingrich Congress stalemated Bill Clinton and the paralysis allowed the economy to grow. Instead, President Obama will be left to act out his liberal dreams using his executive and regulatory powers. This will leave us with a new kind of White House, which I call the “passive-aggresive presidency.”