It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for President Obama to win reelection, one of his top Republican critics said Thursday.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the tenacious chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said his top goal is to work with the administration to revive the economy. And if Obama were to win another term as a byproduct, so be it.
"I hope we can do that together," Issa said of job-creation efforts. "I probably still won't vote for him, but I certainly wouldn't feel bad if Americans were working again, and he did get another four years."
"If the president's going to win reelection, he's going to win reelection because, together, we turned the economy in the right direction, American businesses invested, Americans went back to work and are feeling good in 2012," he added.
But Issa has also sought to pivot from a more critical role during the last Congress, when he served as ranking member of the committee, to now, when he faces more scrutiny as the panel's chairman. Still, a recent New Yorker profile called Issa "the man most likely to weaken" Obama going into 2012.