Mitch McConnell wrote an op-ed calling for bipartisanship, and people are not having it – Washington Post

The Gate Keeper’s response: Damn this dude didn’t want to work with President Obama and now talking about bipartisanship. Ain’t that a damn shame! Or should I say that is where one feel white privilege comes into play.

The date was Oct. 23, 2010 — nearly two years into President Barack Obama’s first term and two weeks before the first midterm elections of his presidency. Speaking to the National Journal, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made a now-infamous statement: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

As The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler has pointed out, reading the quote in its full context makes it clear that McConnell was saying that it would be impossible for Republicans to achieve their policy goals with Obama in office. But Democrats immediately seized on the remark as proof that Republicans had single-mindedly set out to obstruct Obama’s agenda, putting partisanship ahead of the country’s best interest.

On Tuesday, a week after Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, McConnell, now the majority leader, published a op-ed that struck a very different note. “Will Dems work with us, or simply put partisan politics ahead of the country?” the headline asked. Needless to say, it didn’t go over well with liberals, who rushed to point out McConnell’s unparalleled chutzpah and accuse him of blatant hypocrisy. (Read more)

The next big battle in North Carolina politics is just days away – NC Policy Watch

The Gate Keeper’s response: As I have been saying the battle didn’t end on last week that we must continue to fight.

The 2018 election may finally be in the rear view mirror, but for better or worse, the next battle over the state’s future will commence very soon – on Tuesday, November 27. That’s the day that Republican legislative leaders will convene the latest of their endless stream of “special” legislative sessions.

Unfortunately, there’s little indication that there will be anything very special about this particular convening – unless, that is, one places a high priority on voter suppression, dishonest schemes to amend the state constitution, and rump, lame duck governance in which unaccountable decision makers attempt to foist lasting change upon a mostly uninformed public.

As usual, we know very little about the specifics of the planned session at this point, but multiple news outlets have reported that it will feature the adoption of legislation to implement (i.e. flesh out the details for) some or all of three constitutional amendments approved by voters last week. That means that we could see legislation related to the amendments on voter ID, victims’ rights and hunting and fishing. The tax cap amendment requires no new legislation. (Read more)