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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October 26th, 2010
7:52 pm

An America comprised of therapeutic statists, regulatory enforcers, multigenerational dependents, identity-group rent-seekers, undocumented laborers, stimulus grantwriting liaison coordinators, six-figure community organizers, millionaire diversity-outreach consultants, billionaire carbon-offset traders and diversionary-leisure “knowledge sector” will still offer many opportunities, but not for that outmoded American archetype, the self-reliant citizen seeking to nourish his family through the fruits of his labor. And nor for millions of others just struggling to stay afloat. A statist America won’t be a large Sweden – unimportant but prosperous – but something closer to the Third World, corrupt and chaotic, broke and brutish – for all but a privileged few. -MarkSteyn

And the dummycrats cheer on our demise. A demise that you can see happening every day, if you aren’t blind.

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
7:53 pm

Lil Barry

Psst….. Be a little smarter than you are displaying

S&P and Nasdaq went DOWN under Bush
The Dow had an increase of about 2 or 3%

Spin all you like but those are the numbers

Nice try

next

willie lynch

October 26th, 2010
8:04 pm

Lil B,

Why the constant reference to President Obama as the Messiah? Is there something we should know? Are you one of those rapture people?

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
8:07 pm

I report

Can you only see thing in a left or right prism?

Bush was growing government and the debt before the Dems took Congress.

Reagan grew the government and the debt
Bush Sr did the same

If you want to argue that Obama is even worse than go ahead, but this notion that some of the very same Repubs in the House who will be back in power next year are going to make it better, is very short on common sense

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
8:09 pm

willie

its just a mimick from what the right wing pundits program him to say, just as the other talking pts spout daily

willie lynch

October 26th, 2010
8:16 pm

They,

I think Lil B has an Obama shrine in his home. He’s deflecting in his posts.

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October 26th, 2010
8:16 pm

Senator McConnell’s spokesman Don Stewart told CNN that senators “are not elected to rubber-stamp the President’s agenda, particularly when that agenda conflicts with the will of their constituents.” Stewart did not back away from McConnell’s comments, reiterating that “ending the Obama Administration’s liberal agenda as soon as possible is Sen. McConnell’s top political priority.”

And we shall give him the opportunity, just sayin…

Jack

October 26th, 2010
8:46 pm

It’s a good bet that Hillary is enjoying Obama’s low ratings more than anyone.

Tom Middleton

October 26th, 2010
9:14 pm

Cynthia, the Republicans haven’t been honest about anything. They still can’t admit they did anything wrong during the two terms of their President Bush, this after supporting him with every ounce of energy they had.

They have managed to distance themselves somewhat from him during this election cycle, and there is some de facto admission of guilt in their hiding the rubber stamp for now. But we still remember what happened, and we still know who’s to blame.

If they were standing up now with new ideas and contributing, instead of just saying NO to everything, it would be different, at least in my mind. But they’re offering nothing except sincere promises for their more-of-the-same, what we already know doesn’t work and never will, no matter how many times they try it.

Cynthia, we know who they are and what they’ve done – nothing good, and yet on and on they go, like they think we can’t remember anything at all. But what about their unpaid-for wars, tax cuts, and drug program? And what about their lack of job creation in what has become known economically as “The Lost Decade”?

And don’t forget their melt-down on Wall Street and subsequent recession they’re still trying to blame on someone else. Are these figments of our imagination – what they definitely want us to believe, at least through Election Day? HELL NO! These are real – very real – and the Republicans are the ones responsible.

Cynthia, they’ll never be able to lead us out of the wilderness as they would like us to believe, for they are the wilderness. And besides, we’re already moving out under the Dems, even as we speak. We just need a little more time, that’s all!

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
9:16 pm

It’s a good bet that Hillary is enjoying Obama’s low ratings more than anyone.

Talk’s cheap; whisky costs money.

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
9:30 pm

Hiya Tom

All is well?

Tom Middleton

October 26th, 2010
9:36 pm

Kamchak

Very well, my friend, and you?

red

October 26th, 2010
9:43 pm

crank up the death panels, get the hitler geezer partiers of the govt. teet…

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
9:55 pm

Tom

Looks like I’m heading to Florida for a week.

Not like it’s a good thing.

bear-claw

October 26th, 2010
9:57 pm

march onward aryan nation christian tea-repubs…

Tom Middleton

October 26th, 2010
10:02 pm

Kamchak

Ah Florida. I lived in Tampa for a year and was stationed in Mayport a year and a half during my Navy years. Hey, have fun anyway… :)

[...] the single most important priority for the congress after the midterm elections is and I quote, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president… Really? That is the "single most important thing", to Rethuglicans? Really? That is their plan [...]

Sandynista

October 27th, 2010
1:16 am

Jason @9:01 a.m 10/26: You do realize that Ms Tucker is an *opinion* writer; right? And that you’re in the OPINION section of the AJC??

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October 27th, 2010
5:41 am

This is how ate up liberals are with their silly socialism and anti American hatred-

HANGZHOU, China — China rolled out its fastest train yet on Tuesday and announced that the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s biggest hydroelectric project, is generating electricity at maximum capacity — engineering triumphs that signal the nation’s growing ambitions as its economy booms. -Urinal

China is the world’s largest polluter, hands down, and uses slave labor, so yeah, strike up the band, goonies, and toot your little horns.

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October 27th, 2010
5:48 am

For the second month in a row, the S&P Case-Shiller Index of home prices showed a decrease for metro Atlanta. The seasonally adjusted index for August slid 0.74 percent when compared with July and 2 percent when compared with August 2009.

Is this good news? -Urinal

Well, it all depends on whether you are trying to destroy the US economy and make this great country into any other third world disaster, if yes, then it looks like your plans are right on track.

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Lil' Barry Bailout

October 27th, 2010
6:04 am

Don’t believe the news reports from the lamestream media that Americans, er, Republicans are poised for an easy victory on Tuesday. We still have to get out there and vote!

Americans, let’s take our country back from the thirty-seven-percenters!

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October 27th, 2010
6:16 am

In this mission, professional protester Lauren Valle (Rand Paul protest “victim”) was eminently successful. Olbermann overlooked the irony that, while MoveOn declared that its protests were intended to “expose the unprecedented flood of corporate cash to Republican campaign coffers,” Valle was paid to travel to Kentucky for her stunt, while her “assailant” Tim Profitt was an unpaid local volunteer. Indeed, Profitt had donated $1,900 to the Paul campaign, according to FEC records.

James

October 27th, 2010
6:34 am

Sandynist- it is actually an “op/ed”- folks generally favor a little more ed and a little less op. You may want to patronize and educate NPR a little and stop enabling our hostess.

guy

October 27th, 2010
6:56 am

Both parties are so intent on getting whoever is in office as president voted out that they forget what they were elected to do.They all are so self centered and nothing gets done except what that particular party can get passed.Selfish s.o.b.’s!