Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

If you thought the recent Congressional term just didn’t have enough showdowns, big political confrontations and government shutdowns then you should be really excited for 2015. In an interview with Politico Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised very aggressive confrontations with President Obama if Republicans win control of the Senate, and possibly even another government shutdown. From Politico:

Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.

In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to “move to the center” if he wants to get any new legislation through Congress.

Most Americans are sick and tired of the level of fighting in Washington, but not the Republican base which wants their leaders to aggressively rein in Obama through all available means.

McConnell is very unpopular but up for re-election in a red state, so trying to drive up turnout among the solid Republican base by throwing them red meat could be a winning strategy for him.

I do appreciate that McConnell is honest when it comes to what is really at stake in this election. Since Republicans can’t win the presidency and Democrats are very unlikely to take the House there is little hope of anything substantial being accomplished next year. The big thing that will change if the GOP narrowly wins control of the Senate is whether Congress will be fighting with Obama most of the time or practically all the time.

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