Interesting gambit from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell here.
“Over the past week, some have said it was indelicate of me to suggest that our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term in office,” Mr. McConnell says. “But the fact is, if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill; to end the bailouts; cut spending; and shrink the size and scope of government, the only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won’t veto any of these things. We can hope the President will start listening to the electorate after Tuesday’s election. But we can’t plan on it.”
You see, in some ways this is a bit disingenuous; when it comes to killing bad bills and worse existing legislation, Congress has more tricks at its disposal than is commonly admitted*. Two-century old legislatures usually do. The question is going to be, will the Senate minority back up the new House majority when the latter uses some of those tricks? – Because I’ve talked to about a third of the new House freshman Republican class directly, and they have all said the same thing: they have plans when they get to Washington, DC. Plans that usually involve getting rid of Obamacare. And I imagine that the rest have similar sentiments.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Mostly involving funding.