Mitch McConnell, next Senate Republican Majority Leader
At his post-election presser today, Pres. Obama was asked how he feels after the Republican trouncing. “It doesn’t make me mopey, it energizes me,” Obama replied.
The President fielded tough questions with aplomb, unflappable as usual. I find it reassuring to have a leader who, no matter what’s thrown at him, he keeps his composure and reflects. He doesn’t go off half-cocked, singing, “Bomb, bomb Iran!”
President Barack Obama
With a Republican congress and a judiciary dominated by conservatives, what will happen to the issues dear to Democrats and spurned by Republicans? What will happen, for example, to the president’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act? What will happen to climate-change imperatives like emissions control when Mitch McConnell, the presumptive majority leader, represents a state whose economy is almost entirely dependent on coal?
Video by National Journal
The final version of Republican Senator (Maine) Susan Collins’s plan to end the shutdown was announced by the party leaders, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The men presented the proposal despite it having been conceived by a woman and modified by a bipartisan committee, half of whom were women.
Some of the men acknowledged the women’s work:
Leadership, I must fully admit, was provided primarily by women in the Senate. – Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
Watch the video of McCain and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AK) here.
Pres. Obama at 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Pres. Obama pulled no punches Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Having been re-elected, the President’s confidence was obvious. Obama enjoys his one-liners — he’s not one to let a chance like this one to pass him by. He let the zingers fly.
The audience howled, cracked up and smiled knowingly at the inside-the-Beltway jokes at the expense of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), birthers, all manner of critics and even some friends.
The President put on a good show. Watch the video after the break and enjoy. Continue reading
That’s how it looks late on New Year’s Eve Day. The House of Representatives announced it won’t be voting before the deadline.
It is possible that that Pres. Obama and Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will reach an agreement in time. Without a vote in both houses, though, the agreement is merely a pact, not a law that would keep the spending cuts of the Sequester and restoration of the tax rates of the Clinton era from kicking in at midnight. The agreement would have to be written up in bills that would then have to pass both House and Senate— not a given.
Pres. Barack Obama
I was watching “Morning Joe” today and the steam was coming out of my ears. Republicans and Democrats were criticizing Pres. Obama for not asserting himself, for “standing by” while Republicans took advantage of him.
Really? What, pray tell, can he do with a Senate whose minority leader has publicly announced that his top priority is to make Obama a one-term president? Wielding the filibuster, Mitch McConnell has ensured that the Republican minority will oppose and obstruct every one of the president’s initiatives. And forget about the House of Representatives, where Republicans have a commanding majority. Continue reading
President Barack Obama talks with Rep. Chris VanHollen, D-Md., before addressing a Joint Session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2011. Pictured, from left, are: Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Assuming an unaccustomed feisty, combative and definitely not professorial demeanor, President Obama defied congressional Republicans not to pass the new stimulus package he presented to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night.
Speaking plainly for the benefit of his national audience, Obama contended that we have to choose our priorities.
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Did you enjoy watching Republicans and Democrats snarling at each other for weeks? Do you think that holding the American economy hostage was a good thing? Then you’ll be happy to know we’re in for a lot more of the same, especially when a Democrat occupies the White House. Grover Norquist, arguably one of the most powerful men in Washington (any Republican running for office must sign his no-new-tax pledge), said
[T]here is a new rule in town. The Boehner Rule: Any increase in the debt ceiling will require a reduction in federal spending by the same amount of the debt ceiling increase.
Never negotiate with terrorists. It encourages them. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that yesterday:
McConnell promised that in the future the debt ceiling will be held hostage to Republican priorities:
[The debt ceiling debate] set the template for the future. In the future, Neil, no president—in the near future, maybe in the distant future—is going to be able to get the debt ceiling increased without a re-ignition of the same discussion of how do we cut spending and get America headed in the right direction. I expect the next president, whoever that is, is going to be asking us to raise the debt ceiling again in 2013, so we’ll be doing it all over.
Read more: The Debt Ceiling Crisis Abated … for Now