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Tea Party Movement
Is Obama now irrelevant?
Is Obama now irrelevant?

Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton's Democratic Party lost control of the House of Representatives in the midterm congressional elections. Thereafter, he felt the need to declare at a press conference that "the president is relevant here." At that time, the new Republican speaker, Newt Gingrich, had "nationalized" that 1994 election by making it a referendum on Mr. Clinton. Having succeeded, Mr. Gingrich then dug in against the president's legislative efforts as a way to demonstrate Mr. Clinton's irrelevance. But the speaker's overreaching was his own undoing. In a subsequent showdown over closing the government,...