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

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At a GOP press conference on Capitol Hill this morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wasted no time in continuing his attack on the Democratic party by accusing members of missing the message of last night’s election — less than 24 hours after polls closed.

“Listening to what they’ve had to say this morning, they may have missed the message,” McConnell warned. “I get the impression that their view is that we haven’t cooperated enough. I think what the American people were saying yesterday is they appreciated us saying ‘no’ to things that the American people indicated that they were not in agreement with.”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 brian@talkingpointsmemo.com
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