- The Washington Times - Monday, January 5, 2015

Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham sent a stark warning to GOP operatives not to be fooled by President Obama’s rising poll numbers and make any more concessions to Democrats — gridlock would actually help the country.

“In defeat, Obama looks like he’s setting the agenda,” she said during a panel discussion on “Fox News Sunday.” “I mean, his poll numbers are up. He’s got a bounce in his step. He is rising in the polls as he comes off this near-historic defeat across the board. The Republicans shouldn’t fall into the media trap of ‘We have to work with Obama! We have to work with Obama!’”

She made the remarks as the newly elected Republican majority is set to take over Congress — and as some in the conservative party have indicated their willingness to work with Mr. Obama, so long as he seems agreeable to doing the same.

But, as Ms. Ingraham reminded, Mr. Obama has shown an affinity for using his executive authority to bypass Congress, and so far, few signs have emerged to show that he would slow down that lone-wolf action.

“Obama is going off on his own,” she said. “He’s going to sign and executive action, he’s going to close Gitmo, he’s draining Gitmo down. … Republicans have been successful and the economy has been improving with two things — gridlock and opposing Obama.”

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