Liberalism has returned in force, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday, reviewing the president's Inaugural Address.
"One thing is clear from the president's speech: The era of liberalism is back. His unabashedly far-left-of-center inaugural speech certainly brings back memories of the Democratic Party in ages past," he said. "If the president pursued that kind of agenda, obviously it's not designed to bring us together, and certainly not designed to deal with the transcendent issue of our era, which is deficits and debt."
Sen. John Thune, a member of GOP leadership, seconded McConnell. "We were reminded yesterday that this is a liberal president with a liberal agenda," he said.
Michelle Malkin, speaking on Sean Hannity's radio program, thirded the sentiment. "Yesterday was not a fun day for us on the right," she said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that it was time to stop using liberal as a dirty word. "A liberal speech? I really don't know what that means," he said. "I think he communicated to the American people a message of hope, a message of action, and I liked it very much. We should move past the name-calling phase."