By Burgess Everett (Politico) –
Mitch McConnell wants his party playing the long game.
To hear the Senate majority leader tell it, Republicans have a real chance to achieve a wish-list of conservative action items — but most of it will have to wait until 2017, when a Republican president takes office.
Until then, the Kentucky Republican is intent on steering the GOP away from a politically disastrous government shutdown this month and to avoid the kinds of headlines that could damage his party’s chances of winning the Oval Office, not to mention his own prospects of remaining majority leader beyond next year. Reversing President Barack Obama’s Iran deal, stopping his executive orders on labor and climate policy … even serious entitlement reform will be within reach if Republicans can hold onto the Senate and take the White House next year, McConnell said.
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