NBC First Read:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he expects some Democrats –- wary that continued support for Democratic policies will cost them re-election in 2012 -- will "peel off" from their caucus to work with Republicans for the next two years.The First Read article is not the one that scares me. It's this one from the Wall Street Journal:
“I think the most interesting thing to watch in the next Congress is how many Democrats start voting with us,” McConnell said.
“Every one of the 23 Democrats up [for re-election] in the next cycle has a clear understanding of what happened Tuesday,” he said. “I think we have major opportunities for bipartisan coalitions to support what we want to do.”
An emboldened Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t in the mood to compromise following the party’s historic gains in the House.First and foremost, 113 of Republicans that got elected or re-elected to the House of Representatives on Tuesday were backed by the tea party movement which is a step to the right as opposed to the center.
The Kentucky Republican is expected to tell a conservative audience later today that the White House can either “change course, or they can double down on a vision of government that the American people have roundly rejected.”
Mr. McConnell’s comments come a day after President Barack Obama said at a televised news conference that he was willing to work with Republicans on taxes, education, energy and a moratorium in earmarks.
Mr. McConnell is prepared to deliver his response today. According to excerpts of a speech to the Heritage Foundation, he plans to say: “When the administration agrees with the American people, we will agree with the administration. When it disagrees with the American people, we won’t. This has been our posture from the beginning of this administration.”
He says, “If the administration wants cooperation, it will have to begin to move in our direction.”[...]
Mr McConnell listed some areas where the GOP will seek change, starting with health care. The plan: force votes, “repeatedly.”
“We can’t expect the president to sign it,” he says. “We’ll also have to work, in the House, on denying funds for implementation, and, in the Senate, on votes against its most egregious provisions.”
The Republican leader says “oversight will play a crucial role” to prevent the administration from issuing regulations in areas they can’t pass legislation. He says the party “will vote to freeze and cut discretionary spending.
“We will fight to make sure that any spending bill that reaches the Senate floor is amendable, so members can vote for the spending cuts Americans are asking for,” he says. “We will push to bring up and vote for House passed spending rescission bills.”
In the excerpts, Mr. McConnell emphasizes the GOP plan for “following through on the wishes of the American people,” one that “starts with gratitude and a certain humility for the task we’ve been handed.”
“It means sticking ever more closely to the conservative principles that got us here. It means learning the lessons of history. And, above all, it means listening to the people who sent us here.”
And Mr. McConnell isn’t about to apologize for his remarks that the Republicans’ top priority should be defeating Obama two years from now.
“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.”
Does Senator McConnell forget that it was the Treasury Department that first suggested the bailouts while GEORGE BUSH was President? Does he have amnesia or something?