President Obama likes pretending he floats above politics. In fact, he is the most compulsively partisan president in modern times. Everything he says and does is better understood through a partisan lens.
So consider the recent Washington Post article in which Scott Wilson and Philip Rucker reported Mr. Obama wants to “cement his legacy” by working “to flip the Republican-held House back to Democratic control” so he can then “push forward with a progressive agenda on gun control, immigration, climate change and the economy during his final two years in office.”
How likely is Mr. Obama to “flip” the House in the 2014 midterm elections by taking the 17 Republican seats needed for a Democratic majority? Not likely at all. Since 1934, the president’s party has lost an average of 28 House seats in midterm elections. The president’s party has gained seats in only three midterms (1934, 1998 and 2002).