The results are in. Here are the party leaders:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leaving his office at the US Capitol.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC. On the right is his wife, former Secretary Elaine Chao and former Attorney General and Counselor to President Ronald Reagan.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi will continue to lead House Democrats as Minority Leader. Rep. James Clyburn and Rep. Steny Hoyer will serve as Assistant Leaders.
Representative John Boehner of Ohio was, as expected, picked as the new majority’s candidate for Speaker of the House.
The voters are watching.
© Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
Grab a second cup of coffee, pull out the New York Times Sunday magazine from the inserts (you are a subscriber?) and read Peter Baker’s insightful piece “The Education of a President” with nice photographs by Ashley Gilbertson. Baker writes:
“But it is possible to win the inside game and lose the outside game. In their darkest moments, White House aides wonder aloud whether it is even possible for a modern president to succeed, no matter how many bills he signs. Everything seems to conspire against the idea: an implacable opposition with little if any real interest in collaboration, a news media saturated with triviality and conflict, a culture that demands solutions yesterday, a societal cynicism that holds leadership in low regard. Some White House aides who were ready to carve a new spot on Mount Rushmore for their boss two years ago privately concede now that he cannot be another Abraham Lincoln after all. In this environment, they have increasingly concluded, it may be that every modern president is going to be, at best, average.” The rest is HERE: