John Sides digs through research on divided government and gridlock. His bottom line:

Under divided government, [Obama will] have less power but no less accountability. Of course, if the economy turns around, a Speaker Boehner won't matter one way or the other. But if the economy continues to stagnate, blaming a Republican-controlled House or even Congress won't help Obama.

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