Judging from Mitch McConnell’s reaction, President Obama is pushing the right post-election buttons. The incoming Senate Majority Leader described himself as disturbed by the path that Obama is on.
Sen. McConnell (R-KY) warned Obama not to issue his immigration executive order, “I’ve been very disturbed about the way the president has proceeded in the wake of the election… I had maybe naively hoped the president would look at the results of the election and decide to come to the political center and do some business with us. I still hope he does at some point, but the early signs are not good.”
President Obama spent the last six years of his presidency in the center waiting for Republicans to join him. They repeatedly refused to compromise. McConnell doesn’t want the president to meet him in the middle. He wants Obama to move to the right and give the congressional Republicans what they want.
McConnell’s comments are a sign that President Obama is doing the right thing for the country by not doing what the Republicans want. After a sobering Election Night defeat, the president appears to be taking his party back and leading them into the future. Mitch McConnell isn’t only going to have deal with President Obama, but also a feisty and more liberal Democratic Senate minority.
Sen. McConnell salted the earth with his constant obstruction, so he should not be surprised at the inability to grow crops now that he is in charge of planting the seeds. The shoe is on the other foot, and Democrats aren’t going to give Mitch McConnell anything.
Obama is making all the right moves, and ever so slowly it is starting to dawn on Republicans that their control of Congress is going to be nothing like they expected. Mitch McConnell is disturbed today. If Democrats do their jobs correctly, he will be discouraged soon, and displaced in 2016.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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