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