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McConnell: Dems Have Already Learned The Wrong Lessons From Midterm Romp


McConnell identified five areas where his party and the Democrats can find common ground: spending, debt, trade agreements, nuclear power and clean coal.

A week before last night's election, McConnell said the GOP's top priority would be to make Barack Obama a one-term president. He began laying the groundwork for accomplishing that goal this morning.

McConnell will lead a large minority of Republican senators next Congress -- a position that will enable him to continue blocking Democratic legislation. It's likely, though, that with the House controlled by a sizable Republican majority, he'll have many fewer opportunities to obstruct legislation.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at