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The Obama Morning News || November 6, 2014

Message Delivered, but Obama doesn’t receive it . . . An unrepentant President Obama said during a press conference that he had one major concession to the Republican Party that stormed to big majorities in the Senate and House in Tuesday’s midterm elections: He plans to listen more. Well, at least with the issues they agree on.

He said the economy remains strong, while pointing out that two-thirds of voters didn’t participate in the midterms — suggesting Republicans lack a mandate. He seemed to shrug aside suggestions of a Clintonesque reset of his administration, and acknowledged that on major policy priorities voiced by incoming Republican lawmakers, he wasn’t likely to give much ground. “The principles that we’re fighting for, the things that motivate me every single day and motivate my staff every day, those things aren’t going to change,” Obama said.

Major changes to his signature healthcare law represented a line he could not cross, for instance. The White House plans to forge ahead with immigration executive orders that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) only minutes earlier had described as similar to “waving a red flag in front of a bull.” And Obama is going to let the “process play out” on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Hill

Holder’s bad attitude . . . The email chain begins with then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Matthew Axelrod explaining that Issa’s planned to subpoena a witness to testify on the scandal. “This keeps escalating,” Gary Grindler, a DOJ official at the time, wrote. Holder then issued his response:

“Ok. We have to be careful. His decision has to truly be his. If he testifies so be it. Issa and his idiot cronies never gave a damn about this when all that was happening was that thousands of Mexicans were being killed with guns from our country. All they want to do- in reality- is cripple ATF and suck up to the gun lobby. Politics at its worst- maybe the media will get it.” The Blaze

​IRS didn’t search other sources of Lerner emails . . . Attorneys for the IRS have told a federal court that they have not searched various “other sources” for the missing emails of former agency official Lois Lerner, claiming that doing so would be fruitless. Fox News

Obama’s frosty relationship with Senate Dems . . . Less than two months after their most joyous moment together, the relationship between the Obama White House and Senate Democrats went off track and has never recovered. Washington Post

Everything Obama touched “turned to crap” . . . President Obama hardly had the golden touch in the few marquee political contests he got involved in ahead of the 2014 midterms. Facing tough political headwinds, the president played a do-no-harm strategy, mostly sticking to events with Democratic governors in seemingly safe states. It turns out that many of those contests weren’t so safe after all. Examiner

Cruz, Lee, threaten war on amnesty . . . Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Mike Crapo of Idaho, and David Vitter of Louisiana sent a letter to lame-duck Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada today saying that if President Obama takes unilateral action to grant amnesty to illegal aliens it “will create a constitutional crisis.” CNS News

Boehner and McConnell op-ed . . . Looking ahead to the next Congress, we will honor the voters’ trust by focusing, first, on jobs and the economy. Among other things, that means a renewed effort to debate and vote on the many bills that passed the Republican-led House in recent years with bipartisan support, but were never even brought to a vote by the Democratic Senate majority. It also means renewing our commitment to repeal ObamaCare, which is hurting the job market along with Americans’ health care. WSJ

Repeal Obamacare? Not so fast . . . House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he planned to focus first on getting the  economy moving and would not press for a congressional vote on repealing Obamacare until “we have the ability to replace it” with some other health care policy  “at the same time.” CNS News

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41 Responses to The Obama Morning News || November 6, 2014

  1. Let me say…if Obamacare is not repealed or at THE VERY LEAST amended in some productive, sensible way, I am going to be very unhappy.
    Obamacare is nothing more than a windfall for health insurance companies.

  2. I and my husband watched McConnells press conferece on CNN yesterday and we both nodded approvingly. We saw an experienced politician, looking kind and grandfatherly, with a stern but still inviting message to the President. And he did it in an easygoing, joking and dignified way. I don´t know what you think of this man but I think this was very promising. And after this we watched most of Obamas press conference in the White House. Tense, devoid of humour, rambling even when reading from the Teleprompters, I often looked at my husband and asked, what did he really say ? I noticed that his lame joke about a Kentucky Bourbon with McConnell was met with silence. I can understand that it is tough to meet the press after the total whipping he got but this is his style all the time as far as I know. His talk about “getting stuff done ” didn´t sound trustworthy at all. I am so glad that this fellow is losing his influence and is slowly slipping away. He really is ” the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people” as Clint Eastwood said in his great empty chair speech.

    • Using the phrase “getting stuff done” tells us everything we need to know…
      And I don’t trust McConnell – he needs to man up and lay everything on the line to win my trust.
      Too much politician – too little statesman

    • Many of us are afraid that he will not go out with a whimper but a bang.

      His frequent use of the word “stuff” is a clue to the false narrative of both Obamas being highly educated people.

      I’m willing to give McConnell a chance, SL. The division between the conservative and establishment wings of the Republican Party are real but I think they’ve been overblown. Maybe to throw the Democrats off guard. For example, I contribute to the Senate Conservative Fund which has been successful in supporting three winning Senate candidates recently: Dr. Ben Sasse, Joni Ernst and Tom Cotton.

      • Yes Julie, “stuff” and “folks” again and again. And he cannot improvise. That was one of the stunning differences between him an McConnell.

      • Julie On immigration I think the division in the R Party is real. Sessions, Cruz, Lee and others versus McCain, and Graham — Miss Lindsey has already sent an immigration message to the boy king I hear.

        • I think the public is so strongly against amnesty, not just the conservatives, that McCain, Graham et. al. will not prevail. All the recent goodwill the Republicans won in the election would evaporate, and the Republicans know it. Amnest was not the number one issue on voters’ minds but it was important. As I mentioned to you yesterday, my state of OR which is liberal on the whole voted down a driver’s permit for illegals law by 70%. Ann Coulter was on Hannity ecstatic about it.

    • I’m not a fan of McConnell, but he’s sure an improvement over Harry Reid.

      Dems really do need new leadership if they’re serious about our country’s path to recovery. Especially DWS.

        • I remember them, but as I told Swedish Lady, there were conservatives who were supported both by the official Republican Party and conservatives and won. Ben Sasse of NE, Joni Ernst of IA, and Tom Cotton of AR. The case which really upset me was Mississippi. The Republicans really could have handled that better. In CO the Republicans convinced a conservative who lost before to run for the House instead of the Senate thereby getting the Gardner victory over Udall.

  3. o’s comment: Motivate my staff/Those things are not going to happen.
    Now American Citizens take that and (go fly a kite)
    Right there tells everyone how he is going to do it his way or the highway.

  4. All the different things they mentioned they could not, would not, check could almost be considered funny, except if they wanted to go after you, investigate you, they would be able to find it in your computer, to investigate you. They would not think twice of double checking.

  5. I finally got around to seeing the peevish, passive-aggressive presser—was not surprised. The leopard does not change its spots. As they pointed out on O’Reilly–if he is “consulting” with Reps and still doing the EO thing on immigration by Christmas–well, those Reps won’t be there to consult with bec they won’t be sworn in. Also John Ashcroft said he idea that the Congress can replace his EOs with laws is nonsense. Ashcroft said is he going to give people legal status and then make the Reps take it away? That won’t happen. Yes, our executive still thinks we are five yrs old.

  6. Just heard a Great line on local radio here in Kentucky…
    Do we know yet if Alison Lundergren Grimes voted for herself? bwahhahahaha. Will she reveal that or honor the sanctity of the vote as she did with whether or not she voted for O.

  7. Regarding the letter sent by Cruz, Lee, Sessions, Roberts, Crapo, and Vitter that was sent to lame-duck Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed.
    On 12-11 the continuing resolution now funding the govt. will expire. Before that date, both Houses of Congress will need to approve a new continuing resoulution to fund the govt. beyond that date.
    If the CR does not permit the Executive Branch to spend money on some action, the Executive Branch cannot take that action.
    “We write to express our alarm with o ‘s announced intenton to take unilateral executive action by the end of this year to lawlessly grant amnesty to immigrants who have entered the country illegally” the Senators wrote Reid.
    “The Supreme Court has reconized that ‘over no conceivable subject is the power of Congress more complete’ than its power ovver immigration,”
    Therefore o will be exercising powers properly belonging to Congress if he makes good his threat.
    “This will create a constitutional crisis that demands action by Congress to restore the seperation of powers,”
    I typed a portion of the article on the thread. I would love to hear the thoughts of some you regarding the letter.

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