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“But the Oba­maCare reck­on­ing wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a men­tion of the mem­bers (of Congress) who lost their seats in part be­cause of the bill. ... The irony is that op­pos­ing Oba­maCare didn’t save Democrats who voted no ei­ther, pre­sum­ably be­cause these dis­si­dents still en­abled the larger White House agenda. ... What the pres­i­dent doesn’t seem to un­der­stand, still, is that his health­care na­tion­al­iza­tion started these ar­gu­ments but didn’t come any­where close to fin­ish­ing them—though it did fin­ish off many of his staunch­est al­lies.”

—Wall Street Jour­nal “The new Repub­li­can mem­bers of Congress … carry two man­dates. Some of their vot­ers clearly wanted to re­verse Pres­i­dent Obama’s agenda, in­clud­ing re­peal of the health re­form law. Other vot­ers, es­pe­cially the mil­lions of in­de­pen­dents who flocked to the GOP, wanted some­thing more like bal­ance in Washington, forc­ing law­mak­ers to op­er­ate in a spirit of con­sen­sus. The two man­dates are at odds, and the first task for new mem­bers, af­ter the hand­shakes and cel­e­bra­tions, will be to de­cide which is their true agenda.”

—Bos­ton Globe

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