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GOP's unchanging game plan: Gang up on Obama
GOP's unchanging game plan: Gang up on Obama

The determination of conservative Republicans to thwart Barack Obama at every turn was clear from the first days after his election in 2008, as their Senate leader Mitch McConnell publicly vowed to make him "a one-term president." That goal got a significant boost in the 2010 midterm elections, in which the Grand Old Party won control of the House of Representatives. It failed, however, in Mr. Obama's 2012 re-election, but the campaign to derail his liberal agenda was resurrected in 2014 as the GOP took charge of the Senate as well, making Mr. McConnell the majority leader. Over the previous six years, though, he and House Speaker John Boehner had been able to stymie...