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Congressional Democrats worried about abysmal poll numbers are appealing to the Obama administration and to federal bureaucrats to lighten up on job-killing government regulations — at least until after the midterm elections.

Using their party's control over the federal bureaucracy “has become a critical part of the Democratic efforts to maintain control of the Senate,” The Washington Post reports. But what's witnessed is nothing more than a poorly choreographed tap dance.

There's New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services asking for help for constituents who lost their access to longtime health care providers. And Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, submitted an entire list to Team Obama for agency decisions to boost Dems' re-election prospects, The Post reports.

But legislators don't have to go begging for regulatory relief. The Constitution “gives lawmakers — not administration bureaucrats — the exclusive power to make law,” reminds Rich Tucker of The Heritage Foundation.

Whether the sore point is an environmental diktat or a burdensome business regulation, there is no substitute for clearly written, legally binding legislation.

The way to change bad federal laws of late is to change the Congress. That opportunity presents itself on Election Day.

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