|President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader and political hater Mitch McConnell: CNN/C-Span|
(Story reported by Brian Beutler and Clayton Ashley for Talking Points Memo.com)
Yesterday, a damaged and contrite Barack Obama held a White House press conference and took ownership of Tuesday's devastating election results. With the exception of a handful of issues, Obama extended a cooperative hand to the newly emboldened GOP, and suggested a willingness to compromise on everything from tax cuts to energy policy to provisions of his health care law.
Today, at the conservative Heritage Foundation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered his rejoinder. And the contrast couldn't be more stark: For just about every entreaty Obama made, McConnell just said no.
"We will stop the liberal onslaught," McConnell warned.
That was the basic theme of the speech. If Obama wants to get anything done, he'll have to embrace the GOP's views on spending, tax cuts, and just about everything else.
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