According to a Reuters report yesterday, Mitch McConnell, a popular Republican Senator from Kentucky, said that President-Elect Barack Obama is "off to a good start." McConnell then added that many Republicans, "are kind of relieved by the departure of an administration that became unpopular and made it very difficult for us to compete,"
McConnell also said that, "They're saying, in my view, all the right things ... that they want to govern in the middle and tackle big things."
McConnell did sound a note of caution, saying that he thought it would be unwise for the Obama Administration to lurch to the Left, but to that end he said, "I don't anticipate they're going to do that. I'm hoping for the best."
McConnell mentioned that he wanted to see Obama tackle problems faced by popular programs like Social Security and Medicare. Of course, McConnell will continue to support traditional Republican legislative efforts, such as legislation designed to ease unionization of workplaces.
It isn't realistic to expect the Republicans to simply fall in line behind Obama. However, it is refreshing to know that some Republicans are strong enough to at least give Obama a chance.