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George Will: Obama in 2014

Register • May 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Thirty-one months ago Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell affronted the media and other custodians of propriety by saying something common-sensical.

   On Oct. 23, 2010, he said: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

   He meant that America needed conservative change from the statist course of Obama’s presidency (the stimulus, Obamacare, etc.), therefore America needed a president who would not veto such change.

   By similar reasoning, Obama today could sensibly say, and probably to himself has said, that the single most important thing he wants to achieve now is for Democrats to win control of the House in 2014. That redoubt of conservatism is an insuperable obstacle to the change he favors — ever-larger government as an instrument of wealth redistribution.

   How will his objective shape policy debates this year? And what are the chances of Democrats taking the House? The answers are: Considerably and minimal.

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