Lara Marlowe, The Irish Times | November 2, 2010
The US midterm polls are a challenge for the incumbent administration. ++ There are many disillusioned voters out there and President Obama's party is expected to lose, with continuing high unemployment levels a deciding factor. ++ The Obama administration has done “a pitiful job” of taking credit for the things it has done right. ++ Optimists believe that a divided government would best work as consensus builder between Democrats and Republicans. ++ Yet, the election outcome will probably decide the future of the White House.