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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Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:32 pm

John Reb, that is called accountability. A word that scares the sh*t out of liberals.

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
5:33 pm

• Pass the stimulus bill and unemployment won’t go above 8.2%, it’s now around 10.%

Please show me where Obama made that statement.

Thanks in advance

hit em in November and 2012

October 26th, 2010
5:33 pm

Mea culpa. I misspelled the witch wannabe’s name…

Actual witch would be spelled P E L O S I.

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:34 pm

So, any thoughts from anyone on both sides why Tucker has been silent on the Juan Williams story? Nothing good for her to cut & paste or what?

AC

October 26th, 2010
5:34 pm

good quote I heard from someone who didn’t like Bush. they said that even though they didn’t like him they never wanted him to fail. because if he failed and was President then America would fail equally. you can dislike without hate. don’t kill America just because of some guy that only has to be here 4 years. how is easy is that to understand?

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:35 pm

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
5:33 pm
• Pass the stimulus bill and unemployment won’t go above 8.2%, it’s now around 10.%

Please show me where Obama made that statement.

Thanks in advance

He actually said never above 8.5%. Either way he was wrong…as usual.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

October 26th, 2010
5:35 pm

Look it up. I got it from AOL news, but I guess you can’t argue with the other statments or LIES….

Martin Williams

October 26th, 2010
5:37 pm

I truly want the GOP to take over both the Congress/Senate and even the White House come 2012. It will be down fall of our beloved country that we all call United States of America. Jimmy Carter was a one term president but did a better job than Ronald Regan the GOP king. Regan left this country in a deficit and the two Bushes did the same. As an American, I thought we are smarter. Today, I believe we are all very stupid and the GOP is takinf full advantage as they put party in fornt country.

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:38 pm

Don’t tell me that libs are now denying that Obama ever made the 8.5% unemployment statement? What next, he didin’t tell a crowd yesterday the the Republicans can sit in the back? Now that is what I call bringing a nation together, the liberal way.

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

mmmmmmmmm

Did you vote for Bush? I ask becaseu he and his administration told some whoppers. Not defending Obama, but making sure the pot (YOU) is not calling the kettle black..

“the war will cost 50B…..”
“oil proceeds will help pay for the war”
“we know where the WMDs are”

Need more

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:41 pm

Ok Martin, you lost all credibilty with your Carter statement. You truly are an historian moron. The stupid got taken advantage of in 2008. With comment s like, “I voted for him because he is black”. You can leave now.

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:42 pm

They both suck, then stay home next Tuesday and don’t vote. Youy can bitch about either party that way. Life is good when you don’t stand for something.

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
5:44 pm

Sid

You voted for the last dud because he was Repub? He sure want any good……….

You cry about big gov: He grew it
You cry about debt/deficit: he grew it

Before you cry about Dems taking Congress in 06, he had 6 yrs of his own Party…..

Saying obama has done worse his NO defense for the guy YOU adored, loved and gladly vote for not once but twice

Alatsea

October 26th, 2010
5:45 pm

It’s so wonderful watching CT’s regular weed monkeys scrambling and cowering in the corner with all their left wing mumbo jumbo BS. What’s sad is they are still trying to defend the “challenged” leader of our country. That kind of puts you all in the same boat. GREEN SIDE UP!

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
5:46 pm

Sid

Neve sit home on election day and I’m also never been so blind to think that the problems in the country can only be solved in a “left” or “right” prism…. How simple is it to think in that manner?

Hopefully that is not YOU….. Is it?

Alatsea

October 26th, 2010
5:47 pm

Hey Kammey If I haven’t told you lately, your a moron. Here’s your sign

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:47 pm

Dude, I did not say I liked what Bush did and I did not. And proof read your crap before you hit submit. You read just as ignorant as you sound. By the way, polls show Bush would beat your boy in an election today. Daaaamn! That has got to suck for liberals everywhere.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

October 26th, 2010
5:47 pm

They Both Suck – Of course I voted for BOTH Bush’s…they were BETTER than Al Gore or Clinton or Swift Boat Kerry. But, I ALSO would NEVER vote for Newt for his cheating, and I DID complain George Bush hardly ever vetoed a spending bill. So, I DO miss your point. I am a CONSERVATIVE FIRST.

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
5:48 pm

mmmmm
you got my pt? YOU CRY and make some valid pts about Obama, yet Bush did some of the VERY things you cry about

Oh the irony?

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
5:50 pm

Sid

Your Messiah Bush and his minions in Congress were the very reason Congress was LOST in 06 and your hero Palin did nothing for McCain and was TRASHED in 08.

Repubs will take the House next week, but not the Senate.. As they have LIED to you before, we will see how much they hate spending and big government

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
5:54 pm

mmmmmm

You stated that Bush “hardly ever vetoed a spending bill”"”

FALSE:
HE NEVER VETOED ONE……. Look it up

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
5:57 pm

…as a typical liberal you were splitting hairs.

So, I take your words,(The only Black liberal on the staff of NPR and fired last week), prove you wrong, and since you can’t walk it back you say I’m splitting hairs.

Words have meaning, sport.

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He actually said never above 8.5%.

Please show me where Obama said anything like that.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

October 26th, 2010
5:58 pm

They Both Suck – You are SO wrong! Here’s ONE George W. Bush. July 19, 2006: Vetoed H.R. 810 and you can find others – you gotta stay off the juice or pills if you’re going to chat.

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
6:02 pm

AlAtSeA

Isn’t it almost time for you to swab a deck?

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
6:02 pm

Hey suckie, your team has been in charge since 2006 in both houses. They brought us the healthcare bill we can not afford and countless other spending like researching monkeys on cocaine. Classic! You keep bringing up Bush like he is still on the ticket. Nice try but, it makes you look like Tucker, a complete moron.

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
6:03 pm

MMMM, you just hit suckie wiuth a fact. I bet he is in a seizure as I type. Come up for air suckie, come up for air!!

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
6:08 pm

Sid and mmmmmmmmmmm

That was a stem cell bill, NICE try

Not a SPENDING BILL as you stated in YOUR POSE @ 5:47

Next…….. you fact less wonder boys

Jason

October 26th, 2010
6:10 pm

@Tychus: LMAO. Perfect. I couldn’t have said that better, myself!

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
6:10 pm

Sid

“My team”…. I vote for Dems, Repubs, Ind and Libertarians

Just because YOU are not smart enough to understand that the problems of this country cant be resolved in a left/right prism, dont assume everyone else is stuck in that mindless vacuum

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
6:11 pm

Well, this has been fun. Now all you liberals remember to vote next Tuesday and when you are in line pick someone out who looks Republican (hint, they will be the ones smiling and real anxious to vote) go up to that person and say, “oh yeah, well it’s all Bush’s fault”! By looking at some of your posts, it might make the pain a little less on Tuesday.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

October 26th, 2010
6:11 pm

They Both Suck – Oh, let me get this straight, the people doing the research were doing it for FREE?…Nice try but almost ALL bills are tax spending bills. Unless you’re heaping praise on someone – maybe like Monica L.? Here’s a cigar, and can I have the blue dress back with the jiz stains?

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
6:12 pm

One more thing They all Suck, you vote liberal. You are to damn stupid to vote anything else. Goodnight Y’all!

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
6:13 pm

Sid

Just like when you stare drooling at the tv watching Fox or listening to your fav pundit on the radio, you allowed mmmmmmm to brainwash you into believing what he said and you didn’t even do your homework

Doobie Brothers once wrote a song about you and mmmmmm

“WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES”

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

October 26th, 2010
6:15 pm

They Both Suck – And Joe Walsh had an album titled for you – “You Can’t Argue with a SICK mind”. Back at ya!

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
6:15 pm

Oh my bad….. he did veto a VETERANS Health care Bill

Great guy……

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

October 26th, 2010
6:18 pm

They Both Suck – Yeah, what ELSE was in the bill, that made him veto it?
Money for what PORK project? Good try though, as you shot yourself in the “He NEVER vetoed a bill” foot.

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
6:23 pm

mmmmmmmmm and sid

Appropriation Bills are SPENDING Bills, but NOT all bills are appropriations

Guess you failed Poli Sci…. but nice try

Guess Fox and Rush confused you again

Eric

October 26th, 2010
6:34 pm

Just like the most important job was to defeat Hitler and Mussolini …
.. and I suppose there is something wrong with that in your eyes…

William

October 26th, 2010
6:35 pm

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency.
It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

AMEN

The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America.
Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.
The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool.
It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

Lady GooGoo

October 26th, 2010
6:43 pm

“Obama: My name’s not on the ballot, but my agenda is
By Michael O’Brien – 10/26/10 03:46 PM ET

President Obama said Tuesday that while his name isn’t on the ballot on Nov. 2, his agenda practically is.”

Need better coordination with the WH Ms. Tucker. Now your topic has become even more embarrassing.

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
6:43 pm

William

If we can survive a Bush than yes we can survive an Obama

Great pt

Willie

October 26th, 2010
6:52 pm

Obama says that he is not on the ballot but his agenda is. He is absolutely right. A vote for a democrat is a vote for Obama’s agenda. I think Obama has been on the wrong track. Too much spending, too much government, too much power to Washington.
If there is a tidal wave of Democrat losses it will be a repudiation of the overreaching of the progressives.

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
6:53 pm

Jason…oh did my 9:05 addressing your 9:01 hurt your widdle feelings? Well I guess my response does show my general ignorance for you to KNOW FOR A Fact that NO ONE does something….you apparently can address and speak for all of the people who read the AJC in print and online. Guess you are a true genius.

As for your tip situation, from what I hear from the wingnuts, if someone is not getting tips it must be a sign of laziness. A tip is a reward for good service and not an entitlement or so I hear from the wingnuts. So your wingnut friends would say that you would work harder without a minimum wage and that you would get more tips for you hard work…otherwise you must be a freeloader. See how the wingnut theory works in practical application. If the people are not tipping, its your fault.

As for the rest of your latest rate….I dont thing I addressed another comment to you but feel free to just rant away. Must be a Rocky Mountain high….

MisterEarl

October 26th, 2010
7:12 pm

The 244 ACCOMPLISHMENTS of PRESIDENT OBAMA

ETHICS

• Ordered the White House and all federal agencies to respect the Freedom of Information Act and overturned Bush-era limits on accessibility of federal documents (2009)

• Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible (2009)

• Placed limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House (2009)

• Placed limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration (2009)

• Signed a measure strengthening registration and reporting requirements for lobbyists (2009)

• Ordered that lobbyists must be removed from and are no longer permitted to serve on federal and White House advisory panels and boards (2009) * Note: After saying he would not hire lobbyists, a few have been hired in the Administration

• Companies and individuals who are delinquent on their taxes or owe back taxes are no longer allowed to bid for federal contracts (2009)

• Initiated the “e-Rulemaking Initiative” (in cooperation with Cornell University) to allow for online public “notice and comment” of federal laws and initiatives (2010)

• Issued the “Open Gov Directive” ordering all Cabinet departments to promote transparency and citizen participation in their policies (2010)

• Signed extensions on banning lobbyists from serving on agency boards (2010)

• Developed the “Do Not Pay List” with data on contractors and recipients of federal funds who are deemed to be ineligible because of fraud and abuse (2010)

ECONOMY

• Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) (2009) * Note: Bush was the first president since Herbert Hoover to not make infrastructure a priority

• Authorized the US auto industry rescue plan and two GMAC rescue packages (2009)

• Authorized the housing rescue plan and new FHA residential housing guarantees (2009)

• Authorized a $789 billion economic stimulus plan (2009) * Note: 1/3 in tax cuts for working-class families; 1/3 to states for infrastructure projects; 1/3 to states to prevent the layoff of police officers, teachers, etc. at risk of losing their jobs because of state budget shortfalls

• Instituted a new rule allowing the public to meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (in as quickly as one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying (2009)

• Authorized a continuation of the US financial and banking rescue plans initiated at the end of the Bush administration and authorized TARP funds to buy “toxic assets” from failing financial institutions (2009)

• Authorized the “Cash for Clunkers” program that stimulated auto sales and removed old, inefficient, polluting cars from the road (2009)

• Convened a “jobs summit” to bring experts together to develop ideas for creating jobs (2009)

• Ordered the FDIC to beef up deposit insurance (2009)

• Ended the Bush-era policy of protecting credit card companies (2009) * Note: In place of the old policy, new consumer protections were instituted and the industry’s predatory practices were banned

• Authorized the federal government to make more loans available to small businesses and ordered lower rates for federal loans to small businesses (2009)

• Placed a 35% tariff on Chinese tires and a few other products such as pipes after China was found to be illegally “dumping” exports below cost (2009) * Note: Clinton, Bush I, and Reagan all refused to “get tough” on China’s predatory trade practices; Bush II refused four times during his presidency

• In November 2009, Obama extended unemployment benefits for one million workers

and expanded coverage for some existing homeowners who are buying again (2009)

• Called on Congress to deliver a “Jobs bill” (2010)

• Credit card companies are prohibited from raising rates without advance notification or arbitrarily if customers are paying bills on time (2010)

• Signed a bill to extend unemployment benefits set to expire (2010)

• Signed historic Wall Street reform bill (2010) * Note: Designed to reregulate and end abusive practices and promote consumer protections

• Signed the HIRE Act to stimulate the economic recovery (2010) * Note: The bill includes: tax cuts for small businesses who hire someone unemployed for at least two months; small businesses can write off their investments in equipment this year; etc.

• National Export Initiative established to enhance federal support (technical assistance, training, trade missions, etc.) and coordination efforts to help US businesses export products and services (2010)

• Initiatives to promote a “Wireless Broadband Revolution” (2010) * Note: Among other things, broadband is finally being considered as necessary infrastructure, with efforts to expand use, access, and spectrum…

• Expanded agricultural credit to farmers during current economic crisis (2010)

• Signed bill – US Manufacturing Enhancement Act (2010)

• Signed bill – Single Family Housing Mortgage Insurance (2010)

surprised?

October 26th, 2010
7:25 pm

We have a choice of two losers running for the highest office. One a jackass the other an elephant. In a nation with this large a population, is this the best choice we can do? Besides, does our vote count anymore when lobbyists (legalized bribery) and conglomerates actually run the country? Fact is it is not a partisan issue. It is a corruption issue.

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

October 26th, 2010
7:30 pm

When government spends on the scale Washington’s got used to, that’s not a spending issue, it’s a moral one. There’s nothing virtuous about “caring” “compassionate” “progressives” being caring and compassionate and progressive with money yet to be earned by generations yet to be born. That’s what “fiscal conservatives” often miss: This isn’t a green-eyeshade issue. Increasing dependency, disincentivizing self-reliance, absolving the citizenry from responsibility for their actions: The multitrillion-dollar debt catastrophe is not the problem but merely the symptom. It’s not just about balancing the books, but about something more basic and profound.

Welcome back, Mr. Steyn.

Lil' Barry Bailout

October 26th, 2010
7:45 pm

Old Man

you are a true rookie of the stock market if the only gains you realized were during the 14k ‘06 bubble which crashed to 7k by 08. Since Obama’s bailout of the banks, the market has climbed fairly steadily.
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You are a true rookie of elementary math if you think that 11,000 is more than 14,000. Get back to us when the Idiot Messiah gets the stock market back up to 14,000.

Willie

October 26th, 2010
7:49 pm

MrEarle,
I sincerely hope that Mr. Obama runs on that list of “accomplishments” in 2012. That list is going to get a lot of democrats shellacked next week.

Lil' Barry Bailout

October 26th, 2010
7:51 pm

They Both Suck
October 26th, 2010
2:49 pm
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Unemployment is way up under the Idiot Messiah. He’s had nearly two years to either bring it down or put policies in place that would foster growth. He’s done the opposite, and blew through almost a trillion dollars borrowed from China in the process. Deficits are over a trillion a year and the Idiot Messiah has done nothing to bring them down. Meanwhile, Gitmo is still open, we’re still doing domestic spying, extraordinary rendition is still in practice.

We’ll get a good read on Americans’ evaluation of the Idiot Messiah’s performance next Tuesday. Enjoy.

TammieRae

October 26th, 2010
7:51 pm

The bail out of the banks… you mean TARP? Even Tucker admits that TARPI was Bush’s. The recycling of TARP funds to Fannie Mae…which is goign to cost us more than the rest of TARP all together is Mr. Obama’s