The big victories on Tuesday, November 4th 2014 by the Republicans for the U.S Senate midterm elections might tip the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and complicate his remaining two years in office.
The Republican picked up Senate seats held by Democrats in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota, Arkansas, Iowa and North Carolina.
The Republican would be resuming office in January 2015 and might force Obama to limit his ambitions to either executive actions that do not require legislative approval, or items that might gain bipartisan support, such as trade agreements and tax reform.
But Republicans, hoping to win the White House in 2016, will also be under pressure to show Americans they are capable of governing after drawing scorn a year ago for shutting down the government in a budget fight.
This sometimes might not determine as the last three two-term Presidents – Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -all served their last two years with the opposing party controlling both houses of congress. Obama might be forced to use his veto power more often than usual as this could complicate his efforts to make judicial appointments, including to the Supreme Court.