GOP Rout May Be Great News —for Obama Expect Republican obstruction, which the president can capitalize on By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 19, 2010 1:50 PM CDT 49 comments Comments President Obama hosts a White House science fair Monday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Newser) – If even the worst Democratic fears play out next month and they wind up losing both the House and Senate, Eugene Robinson sees a bright silver lining for the party. Conservatives and Tea Party activists will suddenly find themselves in government instead of in the peanut gallery, and our "tidal" politics will begin drifting against them. If they work with President Obama, they'll be seen as traitors. "I expect obstruction," writes Robinson in the Washington Post. "That would be bad for the country, but it would be a gift to a White House seeking to regain its political footing. Every time Obama reached out to Capitol Hill and had his hand slapped away, more independents—frustrated with partisanship and inaction—would drift back into his column. He'd be well positioned for 2012."