Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, poses in his office on Capitol Hill on Thursday. The midterm elections, which gave the GOP more seats in the Senate, strengthened Mr. McConnell's hand in dealing with the president. (Associated Press)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, poses in his office on Capitol Hill on Thursday. The midterm elections, which gave the GOP more seats in the Senate, strengthened Mr. McConnell's hand in dealing with the president. (Associated Press)