President Obama Plans To Punish The Very Republicans Who Obstructed Him

The amount of obstruction our president has faced during his tenure is unprecedented. Clinton did just fine with a Republican-controlled legislature. Hell, even Bush had an easier time in his last two years than President Obama has in the last four years he’s been president. Luckily he had a Democratic House and Senate for the first two years. But that disappeared as obstruction and the Party of “NO” came to town.

And now, with a Republican Senate on the way to join the Republican House, President Obama will not be backing down. He will not be the lame duck everyone expects him to be. I just hope that the Senate Democrats will show the Republicans what a powerful minority looks like. Truth be told, I want to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren lead a filibuster that trumps Ted Cruz’s 24-hour one.

From Politico:

Obama’s turnaround in recent weeks – he’s seized the offensive with a series of controversial executive actions and challenges to leaders in his own party on the budget — can be attributed to a fundamental change in his political mindset, according to current and former aides. He’s gone from thinking of himself as a sitting (lame) duck, they tell me, to a president diving headlong into what amounts to a final campaign – this one to preserve his legacy, add policy points to the scoreboard, and – last but definitely not least – to inflict the same kind of punishment on his newly empowered Republican enemies, who delighted in tormenting him when he was on top.

“‘Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose’ — Barack and Bobby McGee,” says former Clinton press secretary Mike McCurry. “President Obama is free to take the risks and use executive authority that will either make him a much more popular president with rising approval rates or get him impeached by a Republican Congress that won’t be able to control itself. We can contemplate the possibility of each result while smoking a Cuban cigar.

Boom. There you have it. Republicans have their hands tied. President Obama has nothing left to lose, and everything to gain. Republicans have been all talk for years about impeachment, but continuously show us they are nothing but talking points made of hot air.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Obama’s newly aggressive stance – exemplified by his unilateral moves on immigration and Cuba – poses an early challenge to new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and to House Speaker John Boehner, who are trying to re-shape the GOP into a party that can actually run a government. “Mitch and Boehner have to deal with the fact that Obama is becoming bolder and more radical,” Gingrich told me a few days before Obama announced his move to normalize relations with Cuba.

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been asking the President to use his veto pen. Liberal and progressive America has been asking for the President to use his veto pen. I am asking the President to use his veto pen. I want him to hit the Republicans where it hurts. I want him to show them they can no longer push him around.