Obama’s Season of Progress
President Obama had reason to smile before he set off to Hawaii. In the waning days of a lame duck session, several Senate Republicans broke ranks and delivered a string of key legislative victories on controversial issues, ranging from New START and repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” to the food safety bill.
Last night on the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) echoed the President’s triumphalism:
This was by far the most productive Congress in American history. In the lame-duck session, the finishing was the most productive of its kind. Why? Because we heard the message the American people sent us last month.
Americans did not vote for more government, more spending and more backroom deals. They voted to change the direction of the country. A continuation of the Obama agenda – aided and abetted by some Republicans – is not what they had in mind.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) explained what happened this way:
Harry Reid has eaten our lunch. This has been a capitulation in two weeks of dramatic proportions of policies that wouldn’t have passed in the new Congress.
That is brutally honest assessment should serve as a clarion call for newly elected conservatives. In January, they must take Washington by storm and put an end to the capitulation. It cannot happen soon enough!