He of the House specialty, Kyle Kondik, of Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, bears grim tidings, which alone I might dismiss but unfortunately are only a compounding of other forecasters' grimness:
There will be plenty of drama in individual House races across the country, and there are a range of potential outcomes. But we believe that Democratic control of the House is no longer one of them.
You no doubt recall--or perhaps you no longer care to--all the proletarian rejoicing when the GOP House passed the wickedly draconian, Medicare-gutting Ryan budget, thus converting the "Ryan plan" to the Republican plan. They just gave away the House, said many, myself among them. But we forgot to account for 1) the insurmountable rigors of redistricting and 2) the insufferable rigor mortis of the Republican-voting brain, which is either on Medicare or soon will be, assuming ...
Anyway, it looks as though President Obama will inherit an eerily familiar Congress--pretty much the same old House and an even more radical GOP Senate minority, both of which will likely be yelping that Mitt Romney lost only because he was too damn liberal. This, on the face of it, does not bode well for a robust presidential agenda. The irony may come, however, in an even more robust agenda--or at least abundant fireworks--if Obama chooses to take his assorted cases to "the people." And with no reelection possible (a first-rate Constitutional imbecility, second only to the 18th Amendment), he might as well go all in.
My guess? He will indeed agitate, because the House and Senate minority will indeed obstruct. But, remember, I also predicted the GOP would lose the House this year.