WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) introduces Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the Rose Garden at the White House, March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Garland currently serves as the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and if confirmed by the US Senate, would replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who died suddenly last month. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Good News to Start Your 2017

The New York Times reports Barack Obama’s policies are in peril.

Now, there is one caveat to this story. The GOP, which constantly frets about overplaying its hand, is already worried about overplaying its hand.

“They’ve been given a golden opportunity here,” said Trent Lott, the former Republican Senate majority leader. “But I have watched over the years when one party has had control of the White House and the Senate and the House, and the danger is overplaying your hand.

“If you go too far, like what happened with Obamacare, and you get no support at all from the other side, you have a problem,” Mr. Lott continued. “You have to find a way to work with people across the aisle who will work with you.”

Part of this, remember, is an orchestrated campaign from the lobbying community, of which Lott is a part, and the Democrats to get the GOP to curtail their Obamacare repeal. If you keep telling the GOP they’re going to overplay their hand, the GOP is prone to do nothing. That’s one reason the GOP’s voters led a rebellion and advanced Trump. They were tired of the GOP pulling their punches.

But on other fronts, we have to note that the regulatory repeals will be good for the economy, particularly the energy sector. Meanwhile, the Democrats think they can slow walk Republican nominees for the Cabinet and court system. It is amazing that the Democrats won’t mean with their long time colleague, Jeff Sessions. They’re bitter about Merrick Garland.

Let them be. And push through the nominees anyway. The GOP really should push through several measures without even listening to Democrat complains to remind the Democrats of the Obamacare mess and show them what a terrible precedent that was. Then they can slow it down and reach across the aisle.

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