Thursday Morning Open Thread

Good morning.

The President doesn’t have any public events on his schedule today. He’s got a cabinet meeting in the morning and lunch with Biden. I suggest they discuss shaking up the White House staff and getting some new voices inside. What they’ve been doing isn’t working. Many of us have been saying that, but Tuesday should have driven home that point.

Mitch McConnell is going to give a speech today at the Heritage Foundation. He’ll reiterate that the top priority for GOPers is to defeat Obama in 2012. Yep. People thought they were voting on the economy and jobs. But, to the GOP, there’s only one job that matters: Obama’s. For the next two years, McConnell has 47 members of his caucus now. He will need 13 Democratic Senators to pass Republican proposals. How often will he get them?

And, let’s hope the House Democrats are working up a “motion to recommit” strategy. When the Republicans were in power before, Democrats rarely used that procedure to thwart them. But, it was a favored trick of the House GOPers for the past four years. The Republicans used those motions to divide. Dems could actually use them to show how the GOPers don’t really care about working people and job creation. Drive the wedge between the GOP’s corporate masters and the teabaggers.

Lots going on as we sort through the post-election mess…

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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