The Speaker of the House and Senate Minority Leader are still posing for pictures nobody is taking.
In answer to the President’s Weekly Address, John Boehner huffs, “If there was a mandate in this election, it was a mandate to work together to do what’s in the best interest of our country.”
To the sympathetic Wall Street Journal, Mitch McConnell croaks, “We won’t agree to any tax increases that will hurt the economy.”
Wrong and wrong. Barack Obama rightly insists the election validated his approach to economic recovery and that Republicans can’t forget that in either the lame duck session or the next Congress.
In his Address, the President tells Americans that “you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.
“That’s why I’ve invited leaders of both parties to the White House next week, so we can start to build consensus around challenges we can only solve together. I also intend to bring in business, labor and civic leaders from outside Washington…
“Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut a trillion dollars’ worth of spending…But as I said over and over again on the campaign trail, we can’t just cut our way to prosperity…”