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Juan Williams predicts that Obama will take on a do-nothing House just like Truman did:
President Obama’s campaign takes a page from Truman’s playbook - Juan Williams via TheHill.com
In the 1948 race, the Democrat ran against a do-nothing, obstructionist Republican Congress and stunned his opponent with an upset win.
The Obama team is already showing signs of going beyond the Truman playbook.
In a charge unprecedented in modern American presidential politics, they are accusing Republicans in Congress, working in coordination with Romney’s campaign, of not only “rooting for failure,” but of sabotaging the economy for political gain.
A recent poll by ABC/Washington Post asked Americans who they thought was more responsible for the country’s current economic problems — President Obama or President Bush.
The Republican president still gets 49 percent of the blame, while the Democrat who succeeded him is held responsible by 34 percent.
But a November 2011 poll by a bipartisan group found 94 percent of Americans think congressional inaction is hurting the economy. That fits with Congress’s dismal job approval ratings.
That is the opening for President Obama to play Harry Truman.