Incoming Senate Minority Leader tells Bloomberg in an interview that he "will work with the Democrats" on proposals "to limit the influence of lobbyists and increase the minimum wage, while demanding some say in crafting those measures" -- but will also "oppose key parts of the Democrats' 2007 agenda, including proposals allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices and repealing oil-industry subsidies." He also "said he wants to work with Reid on bipartisan legislation bolstering the long-term solvency of Social Security and on a measure overhauling immigration law."
The Washington Post looks at the tough sell White House budget chief Rob Portman, a former House member, faces in trying to work with his old Democratic colleagues toward entitlement reform.
Former Rep. Tom DeLay is back in the mix with a new grassroots organization and a blog. The blog "will include DeLay's comments, input from conservative bloggers and activists, as well as inside information and interviews," per the announcement. "Most importantly, the blog includes the activation of Tom DeLay's GAIN - Grassroots, Action, and Information Network," which is "a national network of grassroots activists united for the common goal of shaping and motivating the current conservative movement."
There was one small problem with the launch, however: DeLay's initial posting received tons of critical and heated responses, which were saved on another blog before being deleted on DeLay's site. A sampling: "Honestly, who on earth cares what you have to say?"; "The fact that you are trying to keep your name alive by starting a stupid blog is actually kind of pathetic and sad. Please just go away"; "You are a criminal, and you should be serving time in jail alomg [sic] with your buddies Abramhoff [sic] and Cunningham." And those were the nice ones.
In his own comments, DeLay gives kudos to Democrats for effectively capitalizing on grassroots organizing via the Internet, and echoes other top Republicans' line that "Democrats didn't win this election, Republicans lost it." In an interview with The Hill newspaper, DeLay "blamed campaign finance law introduced by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) for much of the damage done to Republicans across the country... DeLay attributed Republican losses also to members' failure to articulate their accomplishments of the last 12 years or to deflect criticism about the number of GOP bills that became law."