Obama and the midterms: What's at stake?
WASHINGTON - For President Barack Obama, the stark reality of the looming midterm elections is that the best outcome for his party - holding onto the Senate - gets him nothing but two more years of the status quo.
Two more years of a divided Congress. Two more years battling a Republican-led House that sees little overlap with the president's priorities. And two more years without the kind of legacy-building legislation that has eluded the president throughout his second term.
And yet to White House aides, it sure beats the alternative.
With three weeks to Election Day, Republicans have a takeover of Congress well within their sights. The party is likely to extend its House majority and is pushing to pick up six seats to grab control of the Senate.