Issues

Republicans Reeling As President Obama Is Dominating Their Congressional Majority

obama-feet-desk

By using a strategy of going on offense with a clear and strong agenda, President Obama has been dominating John Boehner and Mitch McConnell’s Republican majority in Congress.

Politico reported on how the president is setting the agenda:

Three months into the expanded Republican majorities on the Hill, White House aides see a landscape in which President Barack Obama is more in charge now than he was before the midterms. Rather than moving forward on their own priorities as Republican leaders promised after their midterm sweep, the House and Senate find themselves reacting to Obama.

So far, most legislation hasn’t moved at all, and the most prominent votes have been on bills they already know Obama won’t sign. Even the political flare-ups over Iran, White House aides say, are more evidence of a Congress — Republicans and Democrats alike — that is reacting to the president’s agenda.

….

“To the extent that Republicans on Capitol Hill are doing things, it is either putting out fires in their own camp or responding to incoming from President Obama,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in an interview.

President Obama threw Republicans back on their heels with his immigration executive action. The White House has not allowed the Republican-led Congress to get their footing by establishing any momentum or a coherent agenda. Democrats and the president have been able to exploit the fact that congressional Republicans veer from crisis to crisis with no plans or goals.

Sen. Mitch McConnell thought that he would be able to hit the ground running by passing lots of legislation immediately after he became Majority Leader. McConnell spent nearly a month bogged down on the Keystone XL bill, and followed up Keystone by being dragged into the House’s fight over Obama’s immigration executive action.

The president is more in control of the agenda in the Capitol than he was when Democrats held the majority in the Senate. President Obama is firmly in charge, and Republicans have no clue what to do about this turn of events. One of the main reasons why so many Republicans signed on to Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran was that they were desperate to assert their power. With Harry Reid masterfully keeping the Senate Democrats together, Republicans have not been able to pass anything unless Democrats agree.

President Obama has been empowered by losing the Senate. Until Republicans realize that they will have to work with the president and congressional Democrats, it is a safe bet that the do-nothing Congress will accomplish less than nothing because all roads to success now go through Obama.

Follow Me
Jason Easley

Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a 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. Awards and  Professional Memberships Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association

Recent Posts

Biden Announces Major New Action To Lower Housing Costs

The Biden administration has announced new actions that will lower housing costs and limit rent…

6 hours ago

Republicans Show The World That They Are To Blame For Political Violence

Just in case anyone had any doubt where the violent rhetoric and impulses were coming…

12 hours ago

Biden Calls Out Pro-Trump Media Bias In Lester Holt Interview

During his interview with NBC's Lester Holt, President Biden called out the media for not…

13 hours ago

Biden Campaign Immediately Hammers J.D. Vance

In a call with reporters, the Biden campaign quickly hammered J.D. Vance for his support…

18 hours ago

Trump Thinks Fake Hillbilly J.D. Vance Will Help Him In Michigan, Pennsylvania, And Wisconsin

In his statement officially announcing Sen. J.D. Vance as his running mate Trump expressed a…

20 hours ago

Trump Appears To Have Picked Tucker Carlson Clone And Putin Fan J.D. Vance As His Running Mate

Sen. J.D. Vance is on his way to the Republican convention, which is fueling speculation…

22 hours ago