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January 31, 2010

Obama Extends Hand - Republicans SLAP It

-- by Dave Johnson

GOP signals little willingness to meet Obama, Democrats halfway

Despite White House overtures for congressional Republicans to work with Democrats, GOP leaders indicated Sunday they were unwilling to accept much of what President Barack Obama and the Democrats are proposing.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell showed little willingness on CNN's "State of the Union" program to seek common ground with Democrats on top legislative priorities such as health care, a jobs bill or creating a bipartisan statutory commission to come up with plans to reduce the federal deficit.

His counterpart in the House, Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, was more blunt.


Look, the Republican strategy is to block everything and then campaign saying "Democrats can't get anything done."

The question is, why do Senate Dems fall for it? There are lots of things that they could pass with 51 votes, but they claim that would be mean to the Republicans.

Posted by Dave Johnson at January 31, 2010 7:11 PM


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