[…] Donald Estabrook, a senior citizen from Brooksville, Fla., said he doesn’t hold Mr. Obama’s failures against him because the Republican Party has not cooperated.
“He’s done the best he can,” Mr. Estabrook said. “Being the president, you don’t always get what you think you can get, because it’s got to go through the Congress. That’s the reason why he can’t get a lot done.”
Mr. Obama’s die-hard supporters rarely acknowledge that Congress was controlled by Democrats during the president’s first two years in office, when lawmakers passed his signature health care legislation, as well as an $821 billion economic-stimulus program that the president rarely mentions anymore.
Some voters are just plain misinformed about what Mr. Obama has done over the past four years. […]
I’ve pointed out to the Kool-Aid brigades on many occasions that even with solid Congressional majorities the Dems wanted “bi-partisan” support — and did not get it, much to the credit of the Republicans in both houses. The Dems wanted to share the blame in the event their policies failed. Without “bi-partisan” support, they knew that the party the American people would fault would be theirs. And just so, it has come to pass…