Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.Specifically:
“We’re going to pass spending bills, and they’re going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy,” McConnell said in an interview aboard his campaign bus traveling through Western Kentucky coal country. “That’s something he won’t like, but that will be done. I guarantee it.”And:
McConnell said it would be up to the president to decide whether to veto spending bills that would keep the government open.That's exactly what the House tried to do last year, and it blew up in Republican faces. Perhaps they won't pay the price that they should, largely because 2014 is a midterm election and because the initial rollout of Obamacare erased the government shutdown news from the headlines, but if they try a shutdown strategy ahead of a presidential election, 2016 is going to make 2008 look like a stroll in the park for the GOP.
Obama “needs to be challenged, and the best way to do that is through the funding process,” McConnell said. “He would have to make a decision on a given bill, whether there’s more in it that he likes than dislikes.”