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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Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
9:05 am

I know for a fact that no one really reads the AJC for journalistic content anymore.

Congrats Jason…with your ability to “know” facts, you too can be a tea bag candidate. Please draw Binky and submit your drawing with a small handling fee to SaraPac.

Oh and about your tips…I am concerned. Are you lazy? sloth-like? Looking for a handout? It could be that you are not earning a great tip.

ken R

October 26th, 2010
9:05 am

Jason, she got the Prize for Cutting & Pasting, she was at the top of her field in that catagory, and thus awarded the prize.

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
9:05 am

They predict as many as 100 seats in the house could go republican with Democrats losing in a LANDSLIDE.

Are “they” also the ones that said Harry Reid became Senate Majority Leader in November of 2006?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Andrew

October 26th, 2010
9:05 am

Keep up good fight

Sad how some can’t have an argument without resorting to personal attacks.

So you’re OK with the president telling more than half the American people that they need to get in the back of car, bus, train, or segway, eh?

I’m not. To me, it’s a slap in the face to those of us who don’t share Obama’s views.

retired early

October 26th, 2010
9:06 am

Ragnar

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics in 2008, 3% of all wage earners earned the minimum wage.
You may want to look elsewhere for the cause of higher unemployment, like….the worst recession since the Great Depression.

williebkind

October 26th, 2010
9:06 am

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

Yeah common sense people are amusing to the liberals who live in dream world.

williebkind

October 26th, 2010
9:09 am

My son asked me what is the scariest thing to dress as for Halloween. I said Pelosi!

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
9:09 am

“So you’re OK with the president telling more than half the American people that they need to get in the back of car, bus, train, or segway, eh? ”

Yep, as the saying goes…..Either lead, follow or get out of the way.

Andrew

October 26th, 2010
9:09 am

Keep up the good fight

I see from your other comments that you’re seemingly unable to argue issues and opinions on their merits. Too bad…you give honest Libs a bad name.

James

October 26th, 2010
9:09 am

you know wha they say about men who drive porsches and now talk tough on faceless blogs…….

RGB

October 26th, 2010
9:09 am

“The rise in the minimum wage initiated the fall in employment? I haven’t read that from a single economist.”

See, this is where some frustrated conservatives try to instill economic principles in libs who’ve never cracked an econ book. These frustrated conservatives explain that if the price of something increases, the quantity demanded naturally declines. If one raises the price of an employee (minimum wage), the “quantity demanded” (# of employees) declines. The conservatives even draw it out in a demand curve showing “Q1″ and “Q2″ as the price of something changes. They go further explaining how union labor contracts are tied to minimum wage and that MW increases cause many union workers’ wages to increase. Businesses, not being able to afford the increases, fire some of the employees.

Since realizing that most libs in power more or less understand this, I finally appreciated the fact that these libs want high unemployment thereby increasing peoples’ dependence on government. This is their plan–their heartfelt desire.

It’s the only answer that explains their policies.

That’s why JOB ONE is to defeat Obama and the Democrats. Can Republicans do any better? Don’t know–they may cause the U.S. to decline at a decreasing rate.

But for now, it’s the only viable choice we have.

Andrew

October 26th, 2010
9:11 am

Granny,

I think that has to be about the saddest thing I have seen you write in a long time.

Midground

October 26th, 2010
9:11 am

MYSTIFIED;
Believe it or not, both TARP and the Stimulus bill both helped in salvaging the economy. The latter included one of the bread and butter concepts of GOP politics, i.e tax cuts, $275 billion dollars worth. But since most of it was for the middle class and small business programs, it did not garner one GOP vote. However, the TARP program which literally saved the financial industry by giving the Treasury Department unforseen powers to buy up troubled assets,i.e extended bailouts for AIG, financing BofA’s purchase of Merryl was well supported by the GOP including individuals like Republicans John Boehner, Eric Cantor who had called for other companies and govt backed sectors to fail. Im not bitching about their hypocritical stance, im stressing on the outcome. Both programs did work and are working. AIG is reapying its loans, GM is repaying the government in full, Goldman Sachs has completelt reimbursed the state ( with interest) as well as other financial and business entities that were involved in the program. So yeah, you may wanna try Taco Bell chico !!!

Where's the budget?

October 26th, 2010
9:12 am

@ Keep up the fight. The DEMOCRAT -controlled Congress has NOT passed a budget this year!!!! How can you say the Obama budget does this or that when they haven’t even been able to pass a budget!!! The Dems have a 39 seat majority in House, 9 seat majority in Senate, and President Obama; but it’s all the Republicans fault? If the Dems can’t competently govern with those types of odds in their favor, then they never will. It’s easy to run for office and say how good it will be. President Obama was “post-partisan.” Mr. Reid and Mrs. Pelosi were going to include the other side in the debate and allow them to offer amendments. That was the rhetoric, unfortunately, that’s not what happened. I didn’t figure Ms. Tucker would include this fact, President Obama did not invite the Minority Leader to the White House for a private discussion for 18 months!!! How do you expect to persuade the other side when you don’t talk to them. The fact of the matter is what President Obama said in Rhode Island is the exact way the Dems feel and how they have been acting. They don’t want Republican ideas and help. Senator Lieberman told the whole country at the Republican National Convention that Sen Obama was one of the most partisan senators in Washington who never reached across the aisle as a senator. President Obama is just like all the liberals on this blog. He/you are the smartest people in the room and you don’t want debate or ideas from the lowly, poorly educated, tea party masses. People who “cling to God and their guns.” We are not ignorant of what the Dems have been doing, we just don’t like what they have been doing. That’s why Dems are running away from their leaders in close races all across America. Ask Congressman Marshal what he thinks about President Obama, Sen. Reid, and Speaker Pelosi.

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
9:13 am

Andrew….you play a false race card, you lost the honest merits from the start.

RGB

October 26th, 2010
9:13 am

“But for me, we’d be in a worldwide depression.” Harry Reid

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
9:15 am

Andrew

Lead, follow or get out of the way

is the saddest thing?

Wow wowee wow

Billybob

October 26th, 2010
9:17 am

You play the victim so well Tucker. A majority of citizens want the central gov’t planning/re-distribution/socialist obama’s policies to fail. That is where you are right. If social engineering/fairness is right, the majority want to be wrong. Keep talking Tucker, you are doing great!!! Have a great 1st week of November. FYI…if you don’t, the country’s future will…..

williebkind

October 26th, 2010
9:19 am

Midground

October 26th, 2010
9:11 am
What about creating jobs? Did the stimulus create jobs? I dont count seasonal jobs. The aforementioned bank bailout would have happened the same way if they would have failed. Someone would have come in and bought it out.

williebkind

October 26th, 2010
9:20 am

GG:
Liberals cannot lead and do not know how to follow.

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
9:23 am

willie

repulicans cannot lead but they surely do follow

retired early

October 26th, 2010
9:25 am

RGB

As noted earlier on this blog, according to the Bureau of Labor only 3% of all wage earners in 2008 earned the minimum wage. Hardly a job killing number. BTW if you mean what you say… you should be in favor of raising the minimum wage because it creates LESS GOVERNMENT DEPENDENCE!!!
I won’t go on to challenge your referenced economist, but it sounds like something Limbaugh or Faux News might have invented.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 26th, 2010
9:28 am

Ragnar, politics and ideology aside, the 2008 market meltdown had nothing to forward thinking investors preparing for a “socialist” adminsitration. you might want to check out how the market operates. the Federal Reserve created a housing bubble by putting ‘cheap money’ on the street. this lead lenders to offer risky (sub-prime) loans to otherwise unqualified borrowers. as the bubble inflated, more air was pumped in via securitized debt (iffy loans and dirivitives – more risky financial instruments), presented as “assets”), which led many banks presented inflated (inaccurate) financial information to investors, which in turn created a “bull market” (Wall Street’s word for “bubble”). when the time was right (when the bubble reached it’s tipping point). both the housing bubble and the Wall Street bubble we “popped” but Goldman Sachs (among others). this represented the single most amazing and perhaps criminal “redistribution of wealth” as TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS flowed from the IRAs, 401Ks, investment porfolios and homes (equity) of hundreds of millions of Americans on Main Street; to the coffers of a handful of criminals who call Wall Street home. you want to throw the “socialist” tomato at Obama, or “the left” have at it. as I said, the plutocracy is literally “banking” on this, but I cannot believe you think the 2008 meltown had anything to do with the 2008 elections.

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
9:29 am

…Obama rammed it down their throats…

I have found that hose that complain most about having something rammed down their throats, are the same ones that will swallow anything.

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I lived in Atlanta for twenty years and I’m only 32 years old.

There’s your sign.

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
9:29 am

Budgetranter…not even worth the time to deal with the disingenious rage and lies. You live in the O’Donnell Zone. An imaginery world where time and rage is all that matters

williebkind

October 26th, 2010
9:31 am

retired early

October 26th, 2010
9:25 am
Now there you go! Dissing my favorite people! Now I know how you feel when people speak about Obama and his cronies.

Georgian

October 26th, 2010
9:31 am

Keep,

Its not a race issue for Obama to tell Repubs to get in the back seat. Its an entitlement issue. He is discrediting the millions of voices that are speaking telling him his policies, his actions, his wars, and his deeds are not acceptable. This is not about being unreasonable this is about Americans telling him they dont like what he is doing. And with numbers approaching 70% disapproval, he better start listening. Not 70% disapproval of him, but his policies. Over 60% of Americans do not want this health care, but he shoved it down our throat. Over 60% do not approve of his handling of his wars, yet he shoves it down our throats. Many do not agree with him on energy, global warming, on and on and on, but he shoves it down our throats.

He was not elected KING, but PRESIDENT and its time he realized that. And as soon as we get the monkey out of the White House, all will be better. He is CRAZY!

BW

October 26th, 2010
9:32 am

The unfortunate part is that people refuse to believe that both parties are beholden to corporations. There will be no real change in direction until that fact is addressed. Elect all the tea partiers that you want but they will not change that dynamic they will only put the nails in our collective coffin. President Obama came in with a campaign theme that seemed once in a lifetime and people went for it hard….now they are disappointed and want blood. Make no mistake…returning Republicans as currently constituted to power will do nothing but continue to erode one’s individual liberties and end the Great Society programs that most poor people rely on. For those who call for a Darwinist approach to life in America, you may find yourself on the side of the weak when it’s all said and done…be careful what you wish for.

williebkind

October 26th, 2010
9:33 am

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
9:29 am
I hope we are still talking about insurance!

kimmer

October 26th, 2010
9:33 am

Wow CT you are reaching more than usual here. What do you expect the opposition party to do, join the reelect Obama campaign? Of course they will be working to make him a one term president regardless how much he cooperates with the GOP although he sure hasn’t tried to do that so much at this point has he?

He has only honchoed the most dramatic shift to the left in the history of this republic in the face of clear disapproval from the majority of Americans.

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
9:33 am

RGB — In July, former Federal Reserve vice chairman Alan Blinder and Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi issued a report citing analytic models to demonstrate that the “multifaceted and bipartisan” response to the financial crisis, including the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – both of which passed the Senate under Reid’s leadership — had a “huge” effect on real GDP, jobs, and inflation, and “probably averted what could have been called Great Depression 2.0″:

Yes…of course you laugh at real facts, studies and evidence….

Do you have more of those mice with the human brains?

casual observer

October 26th, 2010
9:34 am

Turn out the lights the party’s over.

The ship is so far gone even the Rats are now afraid to jump.

Why: Because they have to go home and face the American public.

Big D

October 26th, 2010
9:34 am

GG….
I do think your statement is prophetic……
In a week the good people of America will have the chance to get the leftist…
as you say..THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa….

wwr201

October 26th, 2010
9:34 am

With a President who refers to citizens who do not share his views on iimigration policy as “enemies” who should be punished, then honestly, why would I want him to be a two-termer? Yes, the vitrol is spewed from both sides, but I, for one, cannot stand such disdain and arrogrance from the top.

“And if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, we’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder — and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2,” he said.”

Ragnar Danneskjöld

October 26th, 2010
9:34 am

Dear CT @ 8:43, apologies for delay in response, but yes, the collapse of the economy is entirely attributable to the democrat congress. The theory was first described by J M Keynes; he called it “animal spirits,” where the burdens imposed by government cause the reaction that Ayn Rand later turned into a novel, “Atlas Shrugged.” Funny that my side never gives Keynes credit for the idea that remains associated with Rand.

As to your earlier post, that you never heard any economist blame minimum wage for employment decline, I am the opposite; I never heard a rational economist postulate that minimum wage increase would NOT cause employment decline. The employment market is really no different from any other elastic commodity market, and if any artificial constraint raises the price of the commodity, less of that commodity will be used than if not so constrained. Would you like a few references? On the other hand, I posted total employment numbers that tend to support the mainstream theory.

(Leftists on minimum wage always acknowledge that there will be “marginal” increases in unemployment, but argue that the additional income for those who keep their jobs will justify the increase. And we would agree that only the least-employable, most-vulnerable in our society are priced out of the market by a minimum wage.)

Liberal hypocrisy

October 26th, 2010
9:35 am

Just imagine if Sen. McConnell, rather than saying he wanted President Obama to be a “one-term” President, had said he wanted President Obama and the Dems to get in the back of the bus. The explosion from liberals would be heard all around the world. A sitting President telling Americans with whom he disagrees to get in the back of the bus!!! Whether you agree with my point of view or not, I pay taxes and I am an American citizen in full standing! President Obama had to be aware of the racial implications of that statement. He may not have meant to diminish me as a citizen, but that is exactly what he did. Imagine if John Raese the R candidate for Senate in WV had taken a gun and shot a hole through the Obama agenda. The liberals would have screamed that he was advocating for someone to shoot the president! But it wasn’t an R that did that, it was Gov. Manchin a D. Jack Conway, a D, can question the faith of Rand Paul, which is the exact same thing that has been happening with people questioning President Obama’s faith. Yet, granny godzilla’s great leader can go all across the country further dividing us into partisan positions, but he can’t speak one word telling Conway to stop that kind of political attack. Paul actually goes to church regularly and his wife is a deacon in the Presbyterian church!

Bubba Bob

October 26th, 2010
9:35 am

“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.”

How hard has he worked to do this himself? He has shutout the right as much as possible.

Donna P.

October 26th, 2010
9:36 am

And it is my job to vote in Republicans state-wide on November 2!!

Peadawg

October 26th, 2010
9:38 am

“Peadawg

error: “projected”

try again” – I didn’t bash your source. Don’t bash mine.

“The President has put forth a budget that will halve this deficit by the end of his first term” – not lookin’ too good so far lol

Big D

October 26th, 2010
9:39 am

Obama…congenital optimist?????
Congenital LIAR…YES!!!!!!!!

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
9:39 am

but you big silly goobers…..YOU pulled the bus up to the curb.

Obama offered them a seat in the car – not the drivers seat (we see what GOP GPS did last time) – but a seat none the less….

and you goobers crank up your old straight talk express bus…..

ah the irony

BW

October 26th, 2010
9:39 am

I think we kinda need a civics class…the President signs bills into laws…direct your anger at both houses of Congress who crafts these bills. The President cannot unilaterally do anything. But let’s not kid ourselves…the point of any majority is to ensure its survival not compromise…it’ll be interesting to see if the Republicans take complete control of Congress then win the presidency in 2012 how many people will be complaining about process. If you don’t believe government does any good that why do you think that it will just because another party is leading it?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

October 26th, 2010
9:39 am

Dear retired @ 9:06, we agree that the raise in minimum wage could not have caused a rise in unemployment from 4.4% in December 2006 (just before the leftists took over) to the current 9.6%. The concurrent regulate regimen coupled with the prospect of higher costs for healthcare and energy, and the looming largest one-year increase in Federal taxes in the history of the US all contributed.

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
9:39 am

Its not a race issue for Obama to tell Repubs to get in the back seat. Its an entitlement issue.

I did not play the false race card..but we can agree that its not a race issue.

He is discrediting the millions of voices that are speaking telling him his policies, his actions, his wars, and his deeds are not acceptable. This is not about being unreasonable this is about Americans telling him they dont like what he is doing. And with numbers approaching 70% disapproval, he better start listening. Not 70% disapproval of him, but his policies. Is this where Cheney says “so what”? But the disapprovals based on individual issues do not support your claims.

And as soon as we get the monkey out of the White House, all will be better. He is CRAZY! And the monkey card is similar to the race card? ….watch out. If Andrew has any integrity he will take you to task.

williebkind

October 26th, 2010
9:39 am

Ok conservative friends, if we have a minimum wage we should have a maximum wage. I believe in the American dream. Does that dream mean I have to make millions of dollars as a wage earner. I know or read about anyone who in my humble opinion is worth millions of dollars each year. But I do not blame the wage earner for accepting the wages but the employer or corporation who offers it. I know, we need the best minds. Yeah, I heard that before and look at us now.

Peadawg

October 26th, 2010
9:40 am

Or Granny, do you take “projected” from the CBO? :roll:

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
9:40 am

Peadawg

didn’t bash source, don’t want to have to bash you

it is no longer “projected”

keep trying

Whats Important

October 26th, 2010
9:41 am

@Kamchak – “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”

And it took you guys 2 posts to play the GOP inbred Tea Party card.

The Manchurian-Kenyan Candidate

October 26th, 2010
9:41 am

Yeah, and the Kenyan said Republicans can ride in their car….but in the back seat!!!

williebkind

October 26th, 2010
9:41 am

“And the monkey card is similar to the race card?”

According to progressive religion we came from monkeys so what is the problem?