Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza, at Washington Posts The Fix, ask a good question here:
Do Republicans try to be more bipartisan and risk making Obama bulletproof in 2012? Or do they keep being the “party of no” and try to create a second-straight referendum on the Democratic Party?
It might not really be a decision at all. A lot of a Congress’s and a president’s approval ratings have to do with the perception of the economy. If things get better, it’s going to be harder for Republicans to keep blocking everything and blaming the Democrats. If they don’t, that strategy may continue to work.
For now, it’s going to be an interesting dance for the GOP. And it will be interesting to see if perceptions of Obama and the GOP continue to rise in tandem.
Its really not going to be easy for them. As the post describes, the GOP has seen its numbers climb since it took the rhetoric down a few notches. If the economy keeps improving and they really go after Obama that might backfire terribly for them. If they go along with some things, that might help their overall chances, but might all but ensure Obama gets another four years.
Unless something big shifts, their chances at taking Obama down in 2012 isn’t looking too good. I think its far too soon to say anything about their chances at gains in the House and Senate again.