How Republicans and Tea Party will use Congress to bash President Barack Obama
We could ask ourselves how we allowed continual partisan electioneering and campaigning from the floor of congress to become the norm, but when doing so it’s necessary to look in the mirror.
The Republican party is to use the new Congress, which begins on Wednesday, to mount a guerrilla campaign aimed at destroying Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, slashing the federal budget and preparing the ground for his defeat in the 2012 White House race.
When the Senate and House convene at noon, both will be awash with Republican members elected in November’s crushing victories over the Democrats, many of them backed by the Tea Party movement.
In a political shift comparable to the Republican takeover of Congress in 1995 and the Democrats in 2007, the Republicans have a strong platform to harry Obama, having won control of the House and reduced the Democratic majority in the Senate.
The handover of power in the House will take place on Wednesday after a bipartisan prayer service at St Peter’s Catholic church. Members will vote in the House for a new Speaker, and Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to hold that post, will pass the gavel to the Republican leader, John Boehner.