Mitch McConnell is a Big LoserSubmitted by Miguel on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 11:53
WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell set two top goals for the 2012 election: a Republican takeover of the Senate and the defeat of President Barack Obama.
He achieved neither.
Starting in January, he will be up against a president he tried and failed to bring down, with a Senate minority weaker by two.
"We all had a bad day," said Josh Holmes, chief of staff of McConnell's personal Senate office.
While there is no sign of any immediate threat to his job as minority leader, McConnell is facing intensified criticism from the right, which has seen him for some time as too "establishment."
McConnell blocked much of Obama's agenda the past two years, including his call to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans. But some conservatives complained that he was not sufficiently hardline. They were outraged, for example, when he compromised with Obama and agreed to increase the debt limit in 2011 and extend a payroll tax cut.
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