According to a new Pew Research poll, while a decent share of the public thinks President Obama will try to cooperate with Republicans this year, they overwhelmingly believe Congress Republicans are not going to be willing to work with Obama.
The poll found an incredible 70 percent of American Republicans Congressional leaders will do “not much” or nothing to try to cooperate with Obama.
The “good news” for Obama is that it will be easy for him to continue to look like the more reasonable and open minded leader. Of course there is no real indication that carries any real benefits. For the past two years Obama was consistently seen as the more compromising and reasonable player in Washington by voters and his party still suffered a historically bad mid-term defeat.
The “good news” for Republicans is that the public expectations for Congress over the next two years are incredibly low. Living up to or even exceeding such low expectations should theoretically be very easy.