Louisville Courier-Journal: 'Discipline, shrewdness, shamelessness': Obama writes about Mitch McConnell in new memoir

By MORGAN WATKINS

Former President Barack Obama had quite a bit to say about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his new memoir, especially concerning the Kentucky Republican's  efforts to block his policy goals and McConnell's resulting political gains.

"One of our biggest promises had been to end partisan bickering and focus on practical efforts to address citizen demands. Our problem, as Mitch McConnell had calculated from the start, was that so long as Republicans uniformly resisted our overtures and raised hell over even the most moderate of proposals, anything we did could be portrayed as partisan, controversial, radical — even illegitimate," Obama wrote in "A Promised Land," which was released Tuesday and is the first of his presidential memoirs.

He portrayed McConnell and other congressional conservatives' refusal to work with his administration as a strategy meant to help them make up ground after they lost big in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

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