McConnell: Defeating Obama “single most important job”

Last week, both President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave interviews to the National Journal in which they said something very similar: Each man said he and his party needed to view the uncoming mid-term results with “humility.”

Obama:
“I think it’s premature to talk about vetoes because maybe I’m a congenital optimist, but I feel as if, post-election, regardless of how it plays out, the most important message that will be sent by the American people is, we want people in Washington to act like grown-ups.”

McConnell:
“We need to have a humble, grateful response about this election.”

Inside the Beltway, that was widely read as an acknowledgment by both — but especially by McConnell, for the need for compromise on important issues in the next Congress.

But McConnell’s gesture of conciliation didn’t hold for a week. This week, he gave another interview to National Journal, in which he said “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

MCCONNELL: We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And we 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.”

NATIONAL JOURNAL: What’s the job?

MCCONNELL: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

Perhaps McConnell didn’t mean to, but he provided insight into his contempt for the plight of average voters. What’s the most important job? Not creating a climate to aid job creation. Not cutting the deficit. Not even cutting taxes.

No. As has been the case since Obama’s inauguration, the GOP has as its main goal trying to make sure the president fails — even if the country fails right along with him.

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Kamchak's gerbil

October 26th, 2010
7:17 am

CT – once again you get it wrong. His point was to get a republican elected – not to make BHO fail. You have such a large chip on your soldier – get over it. We elected bozo but he is doing a poor job. Now we need to elect someone else.

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
7:17 am

Is any body surprised?

It’s a continuation of the “we want Obama to fail” meme we heard only on. To the GOP and it’s in bred cousin, the Tea Party, it remains party over people.

Hobby

October 26th, 2010
7:19 am

None of these things (job creation, cutting the deficit, cutting taxes) are possible with the policies this administration have instituted.
Yes—job #1 is change this administration so that this economy can begin to recover.

Kamchak's gerbil

October 26th, 2010
7:25 am

GG – I guess you will use the excuse “GOP wants Dems to fail” next Wed.

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
7:38 am

KG
Nope.

No excuses.

If we lose the house we lose the house. Just as if you can’t win the senate you can’t win the senate.

Another midterm, pretty standard stuff.

Joel

October 26th, 2010
7:40 am

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
7:17 am
Is any body surprised?

It’s a continuation of the “we want Obama to fail” meme we heard only on. To the GOP and it’s in bred cousin, the Tea Party, it remains party over people.

Kinda like Dems have a continuation of “we want America to fail”

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
7:43 am

Joel

A small difference, perhaps you might mot have noticed…

At no time has any democrat said, “we want America to fail”.

You cannot deny that GOP leaders, both actual pols and pundits, have loudly and vociferously called for Obama to fail.

Then again, perhaps you miss what that means afterall….

Road Scholar

October 26th, 2010
7:44 am

Hobby: So, what makes you think that the Repubs, who were in power up to 2 years ago, now have changed from the ones who caused the downturn? Where were their jobs program, cutting the deficit, and cutting taxes? I’ll give you the last one even though they put a “fuse” on the tax cuts that expire in January. Tax breaks aren’t going to create jobs, but they have been proven to increase the deficit.

Road Scholar

October 26th, 2010
7:46 am

Joel:”Kinda like Dems have a continuation of “we want America to fail””

Please provide a source, other than FOX news, for this alledged quote.

I Report :-) You Whine :-( mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

October 26th, 2010
7:48 am

MCCONNELL: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President obozo to be a one-term president.

Stating the obvious, duh. This surprises Queen Pinko?

Ruining the dummycrat party in it’s entirety would be a nice bonus, just sayin…

Peadawg

October 26th, 2010
7:49 am

“even if the country fails right along with him.”

I don’t think Obama needs the GOP’s help in that department. His policies were passed w/out GOP support and look where the country is now.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

October 26th, 2010
7:52 am

With all due respect I think Mr. McConnell errs. Any thinking person sees the disaster arising from the leftist policies, primarily the instability they introduce to the culture. However much damage the president inflicts on the culture, the culture will recover. However, I am not certain the economy can recover from the mindset that elected Chauncey in the first place. What were they thinking? Could they not see one move beyond the initial, or is that where the “hope” part came in? I am pessimistic about the future of the country, and I fear we are all going the way of the rust belt, now that the rust belt leaders have control.

rascal

October 26th, 2010
7:53 am

The bottom line is that CT has become depressed over the end of her dream: an American society run by government, people equalized by government, outcomes adjusted to make it fair by government, all the result of Obama and Democrat and Big Government Repubs. The ugly truth is that the American people do indeed love their freedom and all the dreamy-eyed socialists like CT are in for a turn of fortunes, starting 7 days from now.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 26th, 2010
7:54 am

there is no “success” of “failure” in DC. there is only bickering, finger pointing and other childlike behaviors. and this is as the casino owners (plutocracy) want it. entice players (voters) with alluring games of chance, multi-million dollar lotto jackpots, and set lines to attract action for any of the meaningless “us vs. them” contests. issue payouts to those who back the cynically chosen winner (Roe v. Wade, DADT, Citizens United, Welfare/Warfare entitlements, same sex marriage), and every quarter, dole out the real winnings to the shareholders (plutocracy).

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
7:57 am

Hey Rags!

You’re always such a downer.

Damage to the culture?

I guess the shwartz is with you!

Ragnar Danneskjöld

October 26th, 2010
7:57 am

Dear Road @ 7:44, Ms. Pelosi declared an end to the “Bush tax cuts” when she took office almost four years ago. The dems have been in control since Jan 2007, and the economy beginning Jan 2008 belongs to them.

Jimmy62

October 26th, 2010
7:59 am

Umm, all those things you mentioned, creating jobs, cutting the deficit, cutting taxes, cutting spending… Those are all things much more likely to be achieved without Obama in office. So to wish for Obama to lose is to wish for a better future for America. Cuz you know what? He hasn’t created jobs, cut the deficit, cut taxes, or cut spending. In fact he’s done basically the opposite in every one of those issues. Not to mention continuing many of the same policies you bemoaned when Bush was in office. So you yourself should be wanting Obama to lose.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

October 26th, 2010
7:59 am

Good morning Granny, while you are right about my mood, I fear my words are true. Ms. Tucker’s morning essay brings that into sharp focus.

dougmo2

October 26th, 2010
8:00 am

Hey CT, still no mention of Juan Williams. What’s up with that?

12 acre roads

October 26th, 2010
8:02 am

I hope Obama fails. I hope the country disolves in chaos. Now, when I say that, I mean that if Obama is trying to turn this country into Russian Communism, circa 1948, then I hope he fails. Or maybe Obama is trying to turn this country into the Irish Potato Famine, and if that’s the case, I hope he fails, and I say that as a confirmed couch potatoe.

(Rush Limbaugh explaining away his treasonous venom).

saywhat?

October 26th, 2010
8:03 am

Exactly rags. Since the Democrats took over, the economy has gone from a state of freefall to a state of slow growth. Should we re-elect the people who put it into freefall in the first place?

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 26th, 2010
8:04 am

Peadawg, exactly. the country is where it is; 10% of the population owns 85% of the wealth(and the meter is still running). when will you – and I mean YOU – I’ll work on the others later – accept that the country is in great shape for the people who own it/run it? I don’t recall who suggested it, but if you can bring yourself to sink to such depths, go to the npr website and listen to the 45 minute interview with Jon Stewart. he makes some great points, which are devoid of the rabid ideology and ranting that defines our “political process”. or, go to YouTube and dial up my lord and savior Geroge Carlin in listen to what he says about politicians and elections, and who observed that despite the habit of bemoning the corruption in Washington, and the wringing our hands about the true nature of “politicians” “maybe, just maybe it’s the people who s**k”. we (re)elect these criminals.

dougmo2

October 26th, 2010
8:04 am

GG- “It’s a continuation of we want Obama to fail”

I think he is doing a good enough job of failing on his own. He doesn’t need our help.

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
8:05 am

Rags

Your mood can be improved with Pamprin.

Dems in control since 2007? Fiction

Economy belongs to Bush through the end of his last budget, and beyond that the Bush Recession is now a part of the national lexicon. He broke it, he bought it. Small business people surely do understand that concept.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

October 26th, 2010
8:07 am

Dear saywhat @ 8:03, actually the opposite is true. The economy was vibrant, the market was rising, unemployment was low until around 15 months after the dems took the house. Once the full effect of their policies infiltrated the economy, the economy died.

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
8:08 am

dougmo2

with thinkin’ like that it’s amazing you aren’t a GOP candidate….

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
8:09 am

RAGS

You mean all those policies that Bush didn’t veto?

No veto means, “OK with me” now don’t it?

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
8:11 am

Country First! Provided that what the country needs is more Republicans!

But he hasnt created jobs — except the evidence shows otherwise….just not enough yet. More than Bush did. And the stimulus would have created more if not for incorporating the failed ideas of the republicans.

He hasn’t cut spending Except that his first year budget was less than Bush’s final year budget.

Don’t let the facts get in the way. Granny is absolutely right…nothing more than a standard mid-term here and let’s see the whining when the Republicans shut down government for their own gain and not for the good of the country.

JKL2

October 26th, 2010
8:11 am

What’s the most important job? Not creating a climate to aid job creation. Not cutting the deficit.

Since Obama has no interest either one of those topics, I sincerely hope he is a one term president. I purposely left out the cutting taxes part because everyone knows what a joke that is for this regime.

dougmo2

October 26th, 2010
8:11 am

GG- Too busy being a stay at home dad, thank you for the offer though.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

October 26th, 2010
8:11 am

Dear Granny @ 8:05, you err. The dems began their regulate-regulatte-regulate drum beat when they took over, pushed through the rise in minimum wage that initiated the fall in employment, and their promise of higher taxes, both direct and through Obamacare and “cap and tax”, caused every rational business organization to start to cut back.

When businesses cut back, the economy does not grow. What have democrats done to make anyone want to expand, or more relevant, to start a business in the first place? If you face insuperable costs and confiscatory taxes, you don’t go down that road. You conserve, or your invest in a more favorable investment climate.

Martin the Calvinist

October 26th, 2010
8:11 am

Granny G, I saw that movie for the first time two weeks ago…I know way behind…but real funny. I’m w/ Ragnar D. on this one, you’ve got politicians that are in it for their own power and prestige, they aren’t worried as long as they maintain power. We are thirteen trillion dollars in debt and growing, they won’t make the real choices to solve that issue. Neither party will as a whole. There are a few principled legislators on both sides but they are drowned out by the powers that be. It’s just the way it is unless they get voted out. Problem with that is they are good at fooling the dumb masses who vote for them.

Dougmo2, if you look closely…mainly to the right, you can see Cynthia’s tweets, she mentions Juan Williams in there. She supports his right to say what he wants, she supports NPR firing him for what he said.

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
8:12 am

It took you guys 13 posts to play the “socialist” card?

Either you guys are off your feed, or the word-of-the-day from your silly cons word-of-the-day calendar is wrong.

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
8:12 am

Keep

Yep, they were for spending cuts and decreasing the deficit….until Obama did it.

What the hell is that all about?

Road Scholar

October 26th, 2010
8:13 am

Thanks Granny, you beat me to it! Isn’t it interesting that since Obama is President it’s all his fault, but when Bush was president, it’s the Democratic house and senate. He did have veto ability didn’t he?

Regardless it will take both parties, and ALL Americans to right the ship. Not the senseless insults and absurd proposals that are made on these sites.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

October 26th, 2010
8:13 am

It is no coincidence that the stock market went into free fall in October 2008, when it became evident that a radical congress and a leftist executive would be calling the shots for at least two years. Markets are forward looking. The slow rise over the last six months reflects cautious optimism that the nightmare may end. If republicans take the senate, look for a 500 point rise the next day.

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
8:16 am

You notice how many of the wingnuts looks at $850 million wasted on a 52 mile fence for a 1900 mile border and say either “build more” or “who cares that is just a drop in the bucket.” Hmmmm seems if they really cared about the drops the bucket would follow. But then I guess Rush, Beck or some other pouter would kick the bucket over because their pocket was not being lined.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

October 26th, 2010
8:18 am

Dear Granny @ 8:09, correct. You will recall that Bush’s TARP program – created by Tim Geithner and Hank Paulson – was mainstream leftist policy. Bush’s steel import quotas in 2002 were mainstream leftist policy. Bush’s agricultural bill of 2001 was mainstream leftist policy. Bush’s education bill of 2002 was mainstream leftist policy. The massive expansion of government snooping, aka Homeland Security, was mainstream leftist policy. Other than the tax cuts, the domestic President Bush governed as a leftist. When you invoke the name of President Bush, you do not magnify a conservative.

Peadawg

October 26th, 2010
8:18 am

“Yep, they were for spending cuts and decreasing the deficit….until Obama did it.”

How/When did he decrease the deficit? LMAO! I must have missed it. What is it now? 13 trillion or something? Way to cut spending and decrease that deficit!!!

Road Scholar

October 26th, 2010
8:18 am

RD: Could that have ben caused by placing both wars cost in the budget? And what has happened to the market under President Obama?

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
8:18 am

Road….and if it were not a Dem House and Senate or a Dem President, it would be the “concern” that there could be a Dem House, Senate or President…… Republicans know how to play their fear card, over and over and over…and the guppies swallow it without a thought.

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
8:19 am

dougmo2

no thanks required, you haven’t earned my vote

Rags

Minimum wage initiated the rise in unemployment?
Nope, it increases spending….that makes jobs.

Georgian

October 26th, 2010
8:20 am

CYNTHIA,

Once again, you miss the point. By getting OBAMA out of there, all those important things you listed will be able to be worked on with common sense. No way America wants the radical things Obama has came out to favor. The American people have spoken clearly on that. In a few days, the words will be even more clear. Then in 2 years, we will get back to electing presidents based on what they can do for us, not just the color of their skin or because they are Democrat.

mystified

October 26th, 2010
8:21 am

Obama created more jobs than Bush…..Hmm. Unemployment under Bush was 4.7 percent. Unemployment under Obama is almost 10%. That must be new math you libs are using.

Just to give you some perspective. Imagine if the most conservative person in the country. I’m talking the most radical right winger ever to be elected to the office of President. His agenda was everything you oppose. ( you know… social responsibility… fiscal restraint). Now tell me what your number one priority would be in the midterm election and just how predisposed you would be to compromising with him.

Come on liberals…. tell the truth.. You can do it.

AFret

October 26th, 2010
8:23 am

Perhaps everyone would not be so sour toward the current administration if: There was a transparent goventment as promised and he and Pelosi, Reid and Gibbs were not consummate liars. If Obama’s appointees were not criminals themselves. If his own spouse were not a United States hating racist. If his own family members were not here illegally since the 1970’s, etc…

Road Scholar

October 26th, 2010
8:24 am

KUTGF: Exactly,just like this crap about businesses being uncertain what the future brings is the reason for the economy not growing. They have NEVER known what the future would bring. More drivel. If they did know the future, I just need 6 good lottery numbers!

The Repubs mealticket: Fear with a little whine!

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
8:25 am

No way America wants the radical things Obama has came out to favor. The American people have spoken clearly on that.

Right, the American People did speak…by electing Obama but I guess that vote did not count. And those “radical” things proposed by Republicans, oh the socialism.

The word will be even clearer in 2 weeks….from what, a midterm election that returns a few seats to the Republicans and others to the Dems. A few reject Tea Party candidates…..Historically, not much…..Are the 2 witches going to tell us the message by reading the tea leaves?

Midground

October 26th, 2010
8:25 am

On average, its takes about two to fours years for economy to rebound from an economic downturn, let alone the “worst recession since the Great depression” We have given ths guy two months to fix a crisis that took seven years to create. We have given him two years to bring us back from a double digit defecit and job loosing rate. Granted some of his policies have been questionable but the he has stopped the haemorraging. Both the Bush administration and Obama administration engaged in stimulus spending which, believe it or not, saved this economy ( economic fact no politics). McConnell’s statement exemplifies whats wrong with our country, partisan politics, Republicans over Democrat; blue over red, and somewhere the American fit in. Thats what we (the people) are sick of !!!!!! Job creation, nixing federal spending, reigniting manufacturing, stopping outsourcing, cutting taxes, immigration reform, Amending (not repealing) Obamacare should be your top most priority. Showing and proving to us ( the american people) you are engaging towards these goals and we will put any party in power !!!! Boehner and McConnell; the Peoples’ priority over partisan politics !!!

Liberal Chicks are UGLY

October 26th, 2010
8:25 am

obama failing is a victory for the country…Nothing he has done has worked and everything he tries fails.

JKL2

October 26th, 2010
8:26 am

keep- kick the bucket over because their pocket was not being lined.

Now you’re talking the Chicago politics we all know and love. Change you can believe in.