From Washington Monthly (via Memeorandum)
For all of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) many faults, he has one especially interesting habit. Once in a while, for no apparent reason, McConnell will say what he's actually thinking, giving us fairly valuable insights into his plans and motivations.
This isn't to say he's honest -- McConnell has repeatedly proven he isn't -- but rather, that he has occasional flashes of candor. McConnell conceded in August, for example, that as far as he's concerned, literally every idea considered by the Senate in the next Congress "is going to have to be center-right," even if there's a Democratic majority.
In March, McConnell acknowledged the entire basis for his health care strategy, explaining that he demanded unanimous GOP opposition, even to ideas Republicans liked, as a way of making reform unpopular. The strategy had nothing to do with policy or actually helping people, and everything to do with denying Democrats a victory.
And McConnell was candid once more in a new interview with National Journal, explaining what he sees as his "single most important" task in the near future.
"[W]e need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, 'Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.' [...]
The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.... Our single biggest political goal is to give our nominee for president the maximum opportunity to be successful."
This wasn't just some throwaway line -- McConnell is explaining, on the record, how he intends to approach the policymaking process in 2011 and 2012. And as far as the Republicans' Senate leader is concerned, all of his efforts will be built around destruction.
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Um, hello? That's the job of the loyal opposition, since when have Democrats not done the same for any Republican president?
How is this news anyway? From the word "go" the left NEVER viewed George W. Bush as a legitimate president. He didn't win the popular vote, he won the vote that mattered and they wanted to pretend it wasn't valid. Even after he was "legitimately" reelected all Democrats did was be the party of "no" and force conservatives to endure 8 years of cat calls like "commander-in-thief."
Who do these guys think they are? The party in opposition to the president ALWAYS WANTS THEM TO BE A ONE-TERMER. What kind of party pooping wiener wouldn't? Is there anyone in the GOP?.....Anyone?
Even Joe Scarborough characterized McConnell's comments as "embarrassing" and "pathetic." He's right.
He ruffles a lot of conservative feathers, and I really do want to like Joe Scarborough, but that dude needs to man up. What do the powers that be at MSNBC tell him behind closed doors that forces him to be such a RINO butt-sniffer for those liberal overlords?
As far as I can tell the president has not ever really tried to to work with the GOP. In fact, Democrats bragged about their "right" to steamroll them as a consequence of winning in 2008. So how is the Republican leader in the Senate out of line to say they will shut this president down if and when they get the power to do it?
Of course we want our leaders to work together to get things done, but that's a two way street liberals! For two years this president has spun totally out of control trying to "transform" America and the polls simply don't support what he's doing. He doesn't govern the way he said he would during the campaign, and he apparently expected the GOP to change their mascot from elephant to parrot before having any interest in anything they had to say about any of his policies.
Thats the bed he made and now he gets to sleep in it. Except for Fox News and talk radio ALL of the media...from news, to television, to music, and even comic books have Obama's back. He enjoys unspeakable majorites in Congress, and his approval is in the toilet. There is only one person that will ensure that he is a one-term president, and it ain't freakin' Mitch McConnell...its
Maybe this election will be the surgery Obama needs to extract his head from his sphincter. I'm not that hopeful, because he is the one who has shown an unwillingness to cooperate. The GOP is merely reacting to it.
To be totally honest I hope what McConnell said isn't completely true, because that's exactly the kind of obstinance Obama would need to create a wave of sympathy that could win him a second term. Should the GOP win back any part of Congress they'll need to be very careful to not replicate the arrogance the Democrats put on display for the last two years.