Of course, it could be that the American people will look back fondly at those days of low expectations but high rhetoric in the 113th if the Republicans make a mess of things in the 114th. The midterm elections gave the Grand Old Party a stronger hold on the House and control of the Senate. So what does the next Senate majority leader want to accomplish with his newfound power on Day One? Reduce unemployment and create jobs? Fix the nation's failing public infrastructure? Embrace much-needed tax reform that might recapture corporate investments now stuck overseas? No, Sen. Mitch McConnell said this week his first action will be to bring up legislation to force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, the Canada-to-Texas project that creates fewer than 50 permanent jobs, worsens the already-costly effects of climate change and won't even lower U.S. gasoline prices, perhaps even raising them in some places.