Victorious Republicans say they plan to unpick some of President Barack Obama’s achievements after their midterm drubbing of the Democrats.
But a subdued Obama believes that despite voter anger over his dealing with the economy, Americans really want both parties to work together.
“For the last two years, we’ve made progress, but clearly too many Americans have not felt that progress yet. And they told us that yesterday. As a president, I take responsibility for that,” said President Barack Obama.
It was a massive swing away from the Democrats – they lost 60 seats in the House of Representatives – the biggest swap since 1948.
They remain in control of the Senate but only just, with a slim majority of one after losing six seats.
So does the change in the balance of power in Washington mean the Republicans putting an end to any more landmark legislation from Obama?
Charles Kupchan, Georgetown University gave his opinion: “We don’t know exactly what’s up their sleeve. We do know that they have said quite clearly that one of their goals for leadership is to make sure that President Obama is a one term president. That does not sound good, that would suggest we can expect the Republicans to play the role of spoiler, not of a party that is looking for common ground with the White House.”
But Republican speaker-elect, John Boehner must reflect. If he refuses to cooperate, legislation stalemate follows – that is not what recession hit voters want. And of course no matter how negative the Republicans are, a weakened Obama can still wield the veto pen.