By Niall Stanage - 12/19/11 10:15 AM EST
THE REID AND MCCONNELL SHOW
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) never made any bones about his prime objective. “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” he said late last year.
McConnell’s Democratic counterpart, Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has an equally clear aim: to somehow preserve his party’s majority in the upper chamber in 2012, despite the fact that the Democrats must defend 23 seats to the Republicans’ 10.
There were exceptions to this: McConnell and Reid ultimately hammered out a deal on the debt ceiling in the nick of time. But, for the most part, productivity has taken second place to politicking.
Here are The Hill’s choices for the 10 most important political stories of the year: