Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday on Meet the Press that Democrats are in serious danger of losing the Senate, and that this could effectively mean the end of Obama’s presidency.
“If you lost the Senate, turn out the lights, because the party’s over,” said Gibbs.
Sure, winning the Senate will benefit the GOP. But Republicans ought to stop salivating. All that will happen is that Obama will have a tougher time getting his nominees through, something he had for most of his presidency before Harry Reid abolished the filibuster for presidential appointments.
Obama already can’t get his agenda passed because Republicans control the House. If he loses the Senate, he will continue his merry way issuing executive orders of increasing virulence and diminishing constitutionality while conducting foreign policy from the golf course.
Control of the Senate right now is most important as a Washington political smackdown, in which Inside-the-Beltway types get all worked up about who wins and who loses. Honestly, when Washingtonians aren’t busy with politics they’re watching sports, and the have serious trouble differentiating the two.
Taking the Senate won’t do Republicans much good unless they can hold it in 2016 and win the presidency.
So don’t get caught up in Washington parlor games. We’ve got three more years of this, even if Harry Reid gets his comeuppance.