Yahoo! News asked readers and contributors to write New Year's resolutions for some U.S. politicians. Below are one reader's recommendations.
An eventful year is in store for our nation's politicians. 2012 is an election year, and the news will be dominated by coverage of the presidential contest, but even politicians not running have a role to play. With New Year's Day right around the corner, a well-timed resolution might help. Here are some suggestions.
Senator Mitch McConnell: Double down and stay the course.
In October last year, the Senate Minority Leader made a candid admission to the National Journal, saying, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." Not fix the economy, or get the country working again. He wanted to win an election over two years away at the time. And he's made good on that promise ever since, obstructing the Senate to the best of his ability. So at this point, he had best keep at it. Because if the president wins re-election anyway, McConnell basically did it all for nothing.
President Barack Obama: Keep pointing the finger at Congress.
It may be hard to remember, but the 111th Congress got a lot of work done. We probably remember it as being dominated by the fight over health care and stimulus bills, but the list of achievements is far longer than that. Don't take my word for it, go see for yourself. The 112th, on the other hand, is paralyzed with partisan bickering, and seems like it cannot get anything done. Again, don't take my word for it. The president should be able to parlay that gridlock into votes, especially if he consistently reminds the country of everything the 111th did, and everything the 112th seemingly couldn't.
Gov. Rick Perry: Listen to your campaign advisors.
If even your staff is vehemently split over whether or not to run an ad, maybe you shouldn't run it. Despite the old adage, not all publicity is good publicity. If you want to win (a prospect looking more and more unlikely), you had better start listening to them.
Mitt Romney: Keep piling up endorsements.
Despite his consistently high polling numbers, Romney's campaign has been plagued with doubters all along. But those doubts aren't shared by the movers and shakers of the Republican party. Romney has picked up a large number of endorsements recently. Endorsements equal more donations. And that is a winning formula.