Paul, have you considered the idea that Congressional Republicans don't WANT to do ANYTHING while Obama is president? It's been clear to me that their goal is to run out the clock on his presidency. There is no political penalty to them for doing so; given that Republicans tend to hate government anyway, simply not doing anything isn't likely to turn off their base.
Democrats, on the other hand, profess a belief in using government for the better good - so not getting laws passed looks bad to Democratic voters.
Unless Republicans in Congress can get stuff they really want - tax cuts, cuts in Medicare and Social Security, repeal of Obamacare, etc. - I don't see why they would be interested in working with Obama on much of anything. Controlling the Senate means they can shut off filling judicial vacancies. They can force Obama to veto stuff, but because he isn't running for re-election, he doesn't have any penalty for vetoing pretty much anything he wants to, either, at this point.
Posted on November 4, 2014 - 08:39 PM