AFP confirms what we have been saying about Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's increased significance in the Washington after the election:
The most powerful Republican in Washington is Mitch McConnell, the leader of the party's battered Senate army.
With a few races from Tuesday's election still to be decided, Democrats look set to fall short of the 60-vote super-majority needed to forestall Republican filibuster obstruction tactics in the Senate.
So McConnell is the sole check on Democrats in Congress -- given that Democrats extended their dominance in the House of Representatives, triggering bloodletting among the Republican leadership.
McConnell set out his stall in his first response to Obama's election in a statement.
"The Republican leadership stands ready to hear his ideas for implementing his campaign promises of cutting taxes, increasing energy security, reducing spending and easing the burden of an immense and growing national debt."