WASHINGTON (AP) - It may go without saying that the job of Senate minority leader isn't exactly what Sen. Mitch McConnell had envisioned for himself after the elections.
While the Kentucky Republican regrets Democrats' control of Congress denies him the chance to become the next Senate majority leader, he sees the G-O-P carving out a significant, albeit
slightly different role.
When the new Senate convenes in January, Democrats will control 51 seats to Republicans' 49. The close split means Republicans still will have significant power, because it often takes 60 votes to pass legislation.
McConnell currently holds the Number Two position of whip in the Senate G-O-P hierarchy and is expected to succeed retiring Tennessee Senator Bill Frist as G-O-P leader.
Republican senators are to pick their leaders on November 15th.