Tuesday's massive Republican victory gives the party in Congress the opening to create jobs, promote patient-centered healthcare and pursue tax reform, writes Republican strategist Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal
He wants Republicans to "go big" confronting the president where necessary and working with him where compromise is possible.
The GOP needs to give the economy the highest priority. Rove's advice is to "begin with ideas that have Democratic support, like approving the Keystone XL pipeline" and lessening regulatory overkill that hurts small businesses.
Corporate tax reform that makes it possible for U.S. firms to bring home foreign profits without facing double taxation is another area of possible collaboration between Republicans and Democrats, writes Rove.
When Obama vetoes efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Rove's recommendation is for Republicans to respond "with regret, not fury."
Republicans can move ahead on issues that have Democratic support and can even provide President Barack Obama the authority he's sought to negotiate trade deals. Regardless of how Obama responds, Republicans ought not to look for confrontation.
"Voters expect constructive action, not obstructionism," writes Rove.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could yet wind up with a 54-member majority. Speaker John Boehner's majority has grown to 249 members. Republicans have captured more governorships and consolidated their dominance of state legislatures, Rove notes.
The reason Republicans did even better than some expected is because, writes Rove, "undecided voters expressed their disgust with Mr. Obama's six-year liberal experiment gone wild."
Rove argues that, "The president has no good will among congressional Democrats. If he remains obstreperous after Tuesday's trouncing, it could guarantee that his party enters 2016 even more damaged."
Boehner and McConnell have already outlined their near-term legislative goals
, including on tax reform, jobs and Keystone.
Voters are telling politicians of both parties they want action not obstructionism.
"Republicans would be wise to heed their message first and better," Rove concludes.
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