Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged a "renewed commitment to constitutional conservatism" as he opened the national convention of the Federalist Society.
McConnell was the first speaker this morning at the annual meeting of conservative lawyers, and the audience greeted him with a standing ovation. He used to opportunity to trumpet Republicans’ victories in the Nov. 2 midterm elections and to outline what he said would be a continued contrast with congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama.
“This wasn’t just a message failure” by Democratic candidates, McConnell said of the election results. “This wasn’t just anger at Washington. This was a nationwide revolt against a party that had ignored the American people for two years.”
He said Republicans would not make the same mistake, now that they are in control of the House of Representatives and have a larger minority in the Senate. Though he said he was careful not to assume too much of a mandate — “This election Nov. 2 was not about us. It was about them,” he said — McConnell said voters want lower taxes, less spending and repeal of the Democrats’ new health care law.
“Voters want us to get back on the road to limited government,” McConnell said.