Sargent fleshes out his argument. He sees a short-term advantage:

Poll after poll shows that majorities think the GOP is more interested in obstructing the Obama/Dem agenda than in reaching a good faith compromise. Yet amid all the gridlock Congress's overall approval is at historic lows, and the generalized anti-incumbent fervor is expected to hurt Dems in the midterms. Indeed, in recent months the GOP has tied or bested Dems in the generic Congressional matchup. Republicans will argue that this shows that the public wants the GOP to stall the Dem agenda. But I think something else is going on: People don't seem aware that the GOP, in addition to wanting to obstruct the Obama/Dem agenda, is successfully doing so...

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