President Barack Obama must like the view from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue right now. Politically speaking, the sky is clear, and the few clouds on the horizon have silver linings.
Because where things now stand with Congress, if he wins – he wins. And if he loses – he wins.
Getting Republicans to bend to his will on any of the banner issues this year – whether immigration reform, gun control or deficit reduction – will help enshrine him as a president of real achievement. If he fails, however, these same issues can be used as bludgeons to pound Republicans as heartless, even racist, knuckle-draggers who only want to service their rich masters.
In many respects, Obama has, in fact, failed. The economy remains a basket case, with unemployment still near 8 percent. In foreign policy, Iran is getting closer every day to the bomb; China is spreading its wings over U.S. allies, and the Middle East is in chaos.