President Obama's latest "pivot to jobs" has turned out to be more of a sharp left turn. First he announced a new $447 billion stimulus of new spending and temporary tax cuts. Then on Monday he proposed to offset it with $1.5 trillion over 10 years in permanent tax hikes. Mr. Obama knows that little of what he's proposing will pass the Republican-controlled House, so the conventional wisdom has it that the President is trying to emulate Harry Truman by setting up a "do-nothing Congress" as a re-election foil.
But the bigger news may be how much resistance Mr. Obama's ideas are drawing from the Democrats who control the Senate.
Mr. Obama will find it harder to run against a do-nothing Congress when his own party is rejecting his ideas.