Why Obama Deserves to Lose

One-party governance followed by a year of gridlock does not merit a second term

Hieronymus for TIME

In about two months, the elite perception of President Obama's re-election prospects surged from tenuous to a strange kind of all-resistance-is-futile inevitability. George F. Will counseled Republicans to prepare to throw in the towel. Liberal columnists felt compelled to warn against complacency. It's a wonder that the panelists on Morning Joe didn't opine that only the 22nd Amendment could keep Obama from winning a third term against his perpetually bumbling, self-destructive, contraception-obsessed opponents.

Yes, the President's standing in the polls has ticked up. But a 47.1% job-approval rating is not the makings of a landslide. It doesn't take a regression analysis...

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