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Not being entirely serious...

...but now that we're emerging at a consensus that presidents don't get a lot done during their second term, and acknowledging that Obama is stymied by an economic crisis he inherited, and assuming that a Republican would have had to have done a lot of the same basic stabilization things that Obama did, doesn't it make more sense for us to help a really awful and easily defeat-able Republican get elected in 2012 so that we can vote them out in 2016 to take advantage of the next "first 100 days" burst of legislation before everything gets gummed up again? Otherwise, how long are we waiting until we actually see some new legislation of any importance. (My assumption is that a "third term" Presidency like George H.W. Bush after Reagan doesn't result in the 100 day burst. Actually, i doubt Biden will run for president. Who exactly do we have on the bench? (I'm free, if anyone is interested.))

As an aside, the bills that Yglesias lists at accomplishments during Clinton's first term were in fact truly awful pieces of legislation. If those are the sort of "accomplishments" we're waiting for, let's not bother.

By fnord12 | February 18, 2011, 12:34 PM | Liberal Outrage