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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Big D

October 26th, 2010
8:26 am

Ragnar,
Great job as usual….I’ve given up trying to reason with the likes of Kam and GG…It’s like trying to tell a drunk…that he’s drunk.

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
8:26 am

Call it like it is

October 26th, 2010
8:27 am

One sided opinion as usual. And what did Obama tell the Latinos the other day? You need to get out and vote so we can “punish” our enemies and reward our friends. Yeah, Cynthia great President we have there. Sounds more like something you would hear from a thug much less a President.

Road Scholar

October 26th, 2010
8:28 am

So Chicks, the tax cut contained in the stimulus didn’t work? If so, then why do we need more tax cuts?

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
8:29 am

Granny….now why do you want to throw off a pout with facts?

JKL – You mean Cheney-Rove and Republican politics..its always been the republican way to see the success of Dems and take it to the extreme….or do your foreign and corporate overlords not let you say that?

mystified

October 26th, 2010
8:29 am

Midground…
I ate at Taco Bell yesterday and my head cold got better today. Obviously eating at Taco Bell is good for me.
That’s as reasonable as your comments on the stimulus.

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
8:30 am

obama failing is a victory for the country…

There’s your sign.

hobby

October 26th, 2010
8:30 am

ONE WEEK!!! got to get my sheets pressed for the big party.

James

October 26th, 2010
8:30 am

200 million plus 100 million plus 12.5 million plus 300 million plus (estimated future)

Net worth of Mr. Clinton, Gore, Ms. Pelosi, and future net worth of Obama. The far left and the far right are the same. It is almost Seinfeld funny to read the leftist dribble about how much they care.

Next Wednesday back to gridlock and the emancipation of the great American worker and entrepreneur.

Pulitzer = Charmin Extra Soft

October 26th, 2010
8:30 am

I would agree with her. Obama hasn’t a clue.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

October 26th, 2010
8:31 am

Dear Granny, not that facts matter to leftists, but here is a simple history of total employment numbers in the US:

2007 01 60 137067· House passes minimum wage increase
2007 02 21 137171. Senate passes minimum wage increase
2007 03 77 137410.
2007 04 39 137502.
2007 05 17 137651. Final approval of minimum wage increase
2007 06 92 137706.
2007 07 14 137686. First raise in minimum wage goes into effect
2007 08 16 137615.
2007 09 67 137667·
2007 10 36 137753.
2007 11 90 137881.
2007 12 15 137951.
2008 01 59 137941. Total employment starts to fall
2008 02 6 137891·
2008 03 67 137858.
2008 04 2 137709·
2008 05 67 137478·
2008 06 83 137285·
2008 07 30 137075. Second minimum wage increase goes into effect
2008 08 70 136741·
2008 09 90 136283·
2008 10 72 135729·
2008 11 93 135001.
2008 12 38 134328·
2009 01 5 133549·
2009 02 4 132823·
2009 03 90 132070.
2009 04 46 131542·
2009 05 99 131155.
2009 06 32 130640·
2009 07 83 130294·
2009 08 64 130082·
2009 09 9 129857.
2009 10 38 129633.
2009 11 58 129697.
2009 12 84 129588.
2010 01 78 129602.
2010 02 26 129641.
2010 03 28 129849.
2010 04 23 130162·
2010 05 31 130594·
2010 06 26 130419.
2010 07 27 130353·
2010 08 24 130296.
2010 09 17 130201.

Andrew

October 26th, 2010
8:31 am

Granny, Cynthia, others…

I’d love your reaction to the following quote from Obama in RI yesterday?

“We can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

Does that sound remotely presidential? Are these the words of the supposed uniter??? Hardly. Back of the bus? There’s no subliminal racial overtones there, is there? NOOOOOOOOOOOO, of course not. You jump on McConnell for speaking the truth about the absolute goal of defeating Obama, but you miss the reason: Obama’s polices suck and are destroying the country.

CT: ….back of the bus…I remember a golf analyst who was suspended for saying in jest that other golfers might want to take Tiger Woods out back and lynch him because he was so good. The left went insane over this. Do you think this is appropriate for the president to say?

aps

October 26th, 2010
8:34 am

Whew!! I’m so glad that when Bush was President, those get along gentle Democrats never said a tawdry word about him. NOT!!!

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
8:35 am

Do you want special interests riding shotgun ANDREW?

Do you?

Peadawg

October 26th, 2010
8:36 am

Granny,

ttp://www.usgovernmentspending.com/federal_deficit_chart.html

9.91% in 2009 to 10.64% in 2010(projected).

So I guess it depends on what ya read.

ken R

October 26th, 2010
8:36 am

Democrat cheats in Debate last night. Alex Sink a candidate for Florida Governor cheated last night in her debate when an aide handed her a cell phone with a message on it, she got caught and said she fired the person that did it.

Why didn’t she fire herself for taking the message? typical Democrat!

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
8:38 am

Oh yes Andrew you are right to be paranoid and you played the race card fast

…except the “bus” was your interjection wasnt it and has been used by Republicans before. Oh you conveniently took the comment out of context by omitting the part where he referred to driving the car into the ditch.

But typical fake race card place. Congrats. Maybe Kam will point you to your sign.

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
8:39 am

Peadawg

error: “projected”

try again

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
8:41 am

Pea — Not much can be done with the overall deficit until the budget is balanced.

On January 20, 2009, the President inherited a $1.3 trillion budget deficit. The President has put forth a budget that will halve this deficit by the end of his first term, bring non-defense discretionary spending to its lowest level as a share of GDP since 1962.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

October 26th, 2010
8:43 am

Dr. Sowell today, writing on Andrew Mellon (Scty of Treasury in the 1920s):

When Mellon took office, there was a large national debt, the economy was stagnating, and tax rates were high, though the tax revenues were still not enough to cover government expenditures. What was Mellon’s prescription for getting out of this mess? A series of major cuts in the tax rates!

Then as now, there were people who failed to make the distinction between tax rates and tax revenues. Mellon said, “It seems difficult for some to understand that high rates of taxation do not necessarily mean large revenue for the Government, and that more revenue may often be obtained by lower rates.”

How can that be? Because taxpayers change their behavior according to what the tax rates are. When one of the Rockefellers died, Mellon discovered that his estate included $44 million in tax-exempt bonds, compared to $7 million in Standard Oil securities, even though Standard Oil was the source of the Rockefeller fortune.

For the country as a whole, the amount of money tied up in tax-exempt securities was estimated to be three times as large as the federal government’s expenditures and more than half as large as the national debt.

In short, huge amounts of money were not being invested in productive capacity, such as factories or power plants, but was instead being made available for local political boondoggles, because this money was put into tax-exempt state and local bonds.

When tax rates are reduced, investors have incentives to take their money out of tax shelters and put it into the private economy, creating higher returns for themselves and more production in the economy. Andrew Mellon understood this then, even though many in politics and the media seem not to understand it now.

ken R

October 26th, 2010
8:43 am

Obamas financial commission is recomending that he does away with the Tax break for Mortgage Interest and Child deduction.
This should sit well with the middle class and the poor.

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
8:46 am

ken r

that’s probably why he won’t take that piece of advice.

Andrew

October 26th, 2010
8:48 am

Granny:

In your opinion, what is the largest special interest group in the country that wields the most influence?

ctucker

October 26th, 2010
8:48 am

Ragnar@8:11, The rise in the minimum wage initiated the fall in employment? I haven’t read that from a single economist.

Georgian

October 26th, 2010
8:49 am

Keep,

They predict as many as 100 seats in the house could go republican with Democrats losing in a LANDSLIDE. They also predict Repubs picking up 10 or more senate seats. How is that for a few?!

ctucker

October 26th, 2010
8:49 am

Ragnar@8:07, OK, so now it’s the fault of a Democratic Congress? Wow! That took some huge leaps in logic to get there. Which policies of theirs killed the economy? Just the rise in the minimum wage?

Tyler

October 26th, 2010
8:49 am

He is already limiting what we can put away in our Health savings accounts, starting in January 2011. And, now I need a prescription to buy advil at the pharmacy before I can use my flex card. That is not good for the middle class. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go after the mortgage interest or child deduction. Both would really, really suck.

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
8:50 am

ANdrew,

AT the moment The US Chamber of Congress.

How about you?

Andrew

October 26th, 2010
8:50 am

Keep up the good fight:

Ummmm….I didn’t play the race card, the president did. He was the one who said those words, not me. Had the situation been McConnell saying to Obama or the Dems that they needed to get in the “back of the bus” you and your fellow libs would be screaming about racism. Deny it at your peril. This president is a divider who just said to more than half the American people he is elected to lead: GET IN THE BACK OF THE BUS.

Leadership? I think not.

hobby

October 26th, 2010
8:51 am

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

GG — you have never run a business before, obviously!
I have very few employees that only make minimum wage. But for those people, I cut their hours to hold my expenses neutral. It did not increase spending, or make any jobs.

ctucker

October 26th, 2010
8:51 am

Call it like it is@8:27, How many sides should an opinion have?

Big D

October 26th, 2010
8:51 am

Check out what Chaka Fattah has put forward with HR4646 and HIGHLY endorsed by….you guessed it Nancy Pelosi and Obomit. It is essentially a 1% tax on ALL deposits AND withdrawals from ANY account. Why blame Obama because of what congress does…
BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST HIS YES MEN….autobots.

Andrew

October 26th, 2010
8:55 am

Granny,

Thanks for your answer. I suspected you would say that, the trial lawyers or NRA.

My view: The most powerful special interest group in the country, indeed the world, is the U.S. Congress. Period. Full stop. This body spends more money than any other organization by itself, indeed, if you combined ALL the special interest groups, the Congress would still dwarf them.

Here’s the point: you and I can have an honest debate about individuals, corps and unions exercising influence over elections, but the bottomline is that elected officials number one job is to get re-elected. It is NOT to address the tough issues. It is NOT to deal with the real problems. It is to get themselves re-elected.

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
8:55 am

Andrew…are you just being intentionally dense this morning or have you not had your coffee? Let me try one more time for your false race card play. The President first discussed the Republicans driving the car into the ditch. And he talked about all middle class being in the front seat of the car.

The bus is your word, your interjection and projection, not his nor anyone else. You might want to return to playing the Nazi card. You lost this hand.

RGB

October 26th, 2010
8:56 am

With Obama in place, we will never be able to create jobs, reduce the taxes, or cut taxes.

It’s called the “critical path method.”

So defeating His Oneness IS the most important thing.

A.K

October 26th, 2010
8:56 am

Most of these fools here must be earnin over $250k per year otherwise I dont see why they would hate Obama so much. I actually thought that people that earn that kinda $$$ dont have time for this and if you dont earn that kinda $$$ and you are writing all this about an adminstration that has stood for you, the lower 98% MAJORITY. Then you must be brainwashed or just born damn right stupid.

joe

October 26th, 2010
8:56 am

Our country is failing, because BO’s policies are not a good fit. He wants govt to run everything from healthcare, to banking to car industry (yes bailouts) and keeping those good ole entitlements going, not to mention spreading the wealth around. Now if he decided to do a 180 and start looking at capitalist policies where govt doesn’t have its hands into everything, then I’d be willing to give him some time to see what he could do (two years). But if he continues on his quazi-socialist agenda, then he’s got to go…

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
8:56 am

Georgian….Dewey wins!

Jack

October 26th, 2010
8:56 am

Fairy tales come true only in the movies. The Obama fairy tale will last one term.

Georgian

October 26th, 2010
8:56 am

Cynthia,

How about the condescending remark by Obama where he said Repubs had to sit in the back. Apparently, he is not willing to work for the betterment of the American people either.

Also, isn’t it about what WE WANT anyway. Since when did THEM knowing whats best become the American way? Our country was made based on the ideas of the American people. Until the beginning of the last century, America was ran for the people, by the people.This is no longer the case.

williebkind

October 26th, 2010
8:59 am

“it remains party over people”
That is exactly why the progressive liberals are getting voted out! You got it right GG except your are pointing at the wrong group. The Anerican people did not want the healthcare but the progressives and Obama rammed it down their throats–party first people when ever. The stimulus another debacle the people did not want and again the progressives and Obama rammed it down the peoples throats–party before the people. Well now the people are going to choose the party. Are you feeling left out?

Lil' Barry Bailout

October 26th, 2010
8:59 am

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

Amen, brother McConnell.

We can’t really start fixing the problems the Idiot Messiah has created until we put a stop to him making any new ones.

When Obama fails, America wins.

Jason

October 26th, 2010
9:01 am

Cynthia: You and your minions are why I no longer buy print news. I will give it audience only via online sites such as AJC, usually with the end desire of entertainment. Your utterly biased reporting and writing 50 years ago would not have garnered you a Pulitzer Prize, since back then, we still prized real journalism. You are a disgrace, much like the vast majority of your contemporaries. Should you personally be blamed? No, I don’t believe so. I think that the system in which you came up as a journalist is to blame. However, it doesn’t matter. Keep towing the party line and publishing it. I lived in Atlanta for twenty years and I’m only 32 years old. I know for a fact that no one really reads the AJC for journalistic content anymore. Sure there are hold outs, but nothing is 100 percent. Oh, and for someone that preaches such socialistic desires, you are one horrible tipper! You’ve given me ten and twelve percent many times! Disgrace!

ken R

October 26th, 2010
9:01 am

Granny, the moral of that story was it’s his Commission and they don’t know what to do to get us out of this mess, let’s hope he won’t take their advice.

You stated earlier that spending created jobs, if that were true, then we should be begging people to come to the US to fill the vacancies, because God knows that the Liberals have been spending like crazy.

According to 60 Minutes, the US unemployment is actually at 17% and Californias is at 22%, so tell all of us, please, how much more do we need to spend?????

AmVet

October 26th, 2010
9:01 am

The Holy Trio of nut job Republican women – Sarah BarraClueless, Michelle “Slit our Wrists” Bachmann and Christine “No Diddling Zone” O’Donnell.

No wonder so much of the nation laughs at these caricatures and zombies for neo-conservatism…

Georgian

October 26th, 2010
9:02 am

Keep,

Dewey?????

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
9:03 am

“Until the beginning of the last century, America was ran for the people, by the people.This is no longer the case.”

Because a majority of the electorate legally elected President Obama?

Balderdash

AmVet

October 26th, 2010
9:03 am

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

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
9:04 am

ken r

and the GOP spent like what?

Lil' Barry Bailout

October 26th, 2010
9:05 am

Not only did the Democrat party hope for our troops to fail in Iraq, Harry Reid even declared on the floor of the Senate that our troops had lost the war!

The Idiot Messiah was such a coward that, in the face of all facts and evidence to the contrary, claimed that the surge was a failure.

Reid/Pelosi/Obsama: America-hating totalitarians