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The Public Wisely Doesn’t Expect Much From Congress

Partisans Expect Little Cooperation From the Other SideRepublicans are set to officially take full control of Congress this week and the public doesn’t expect to see very much bipartisan legislation to emerge as a result.

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.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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