August 8, 2010

THE UR CAN'T WAIT FOR THE GOP MAJORITY:

Mitch McConnell comes to the Senate's defense (David S. Broder, August 8, 2010, Washington Post)

He is right when he says that the Senate tends to be at its best when the party ratios are relatively close -- say 55 to 45 -- rather than as lopsided as they have been during Obama's first two years.

A more-even split encourages dealing between the parties in the center of the political spectrum, and it may very well return if Republicans make the gains now widely forecast for November.

McConnell confirmed at the breakfast that one day earlier, he had had his first ever one-on-one private meeting with Obama at the White House. And he fleshed out what I had gathered from my own earlier visit to the White House and reported in another column, namely, an active interest developing on the part of the president in reaching out to congressional Republicans for help on the 2011-12 agenda.

McConnell said he could foresee alliances with Obama on trade issues, on development of nuclear power and electric vehicles, and, most important, on disciplining the federal budget.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 8, 2010 7:17 AM
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