Tim Williams is a sports journalist in Washington, DC, and the author of the blog Behind the Camera
. He is a Democrat.
Unfortunately, I don’t think members of the newly elected Congress will be able to work together. The representatives who were elected under the Tea Party banner are so incredibly rigid in their beliefs that it will be almost impossible for even the more conservative Democrats to find common ground with them. The incoming House leader, John Boehner, campaigned for months on making Obama a one-term president. If that is their main agenda, it’s hard to see how any Democrat can work with them!
If Obama is as smart as we know he is, what he’ll do is take the opportunity to sit down and tell opposition representatives: ‘this is what we want to do. Are you on board?’ He’ll propose a series of positive, popular measures, which Republicans and Tea Party representatives will be hard-pressed to explain why they are opposing.
For measures like health-care reform, which are unpopular with the country’s more conservative wing and Republican leaders have pledged to dismantle, I think we can count on the fact that the Senate still has a Democratic majority to stop the House of Representatives from wreaking too much havoc. I’m sure they will do some damage, hopefully not too much.
I don’t think losing the mid-term election signals the death of the Obama presidency. Other presidents have been there before, including Bill Clinton, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower, and they were all elected for a second term. Obama’s team has only been around for two years: that’s not enough for them to bring about the change they
On October 30, Democrats, Independents and moderate Republicans gathered in a massive rally organised by liberal comedian Jon Stuart on the Washington DC Mall to respond to Tea Party Protests. The event was called the "Rally to Restore Sanity". Here is a selection of posters from the event: