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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Orange10

October 26th, 2010
11:49 am

Granny,
Why don’t you go and do something illegal with Mr G and get get off the net.

Come On Son.

October 26th, 2010
11:49 am

Two years is a long way off. Who would have thought in 2006 that the next president would be the freshman Senator who’s leadership experience was zero would be president?

I guess the same people who would have never say the Supreme Court who had appointments by a father (Bush 1) install a son (Bush 2) as president; and we all know Bush was “over-qualified” to be the President, talking about the Manchurian Candiate.

Some of you need to do some independent, non-partisan research and you would be be surprised of how much Obama’s policies have helped keep this nation’s economy afloat. The stimulus did work, the banks and GM have/are paying back loans ahead of time, and if you actually read, corporations are enjoying record profits. The problem is the companies do not want to hire US workers anymore. Do some research on the number of H1B work visas are being requested by US companies to bring employees from overseas. Do you know why they keep getting improved, because our US educational system is not producing students in high math,science, and tech fields; thanks to No Child Left Behind and the fight against public education.

The GOP is playing their electorate like a flute but they are following like the rats followed the Pied Piper.

Term Limits are the answer to make BOTH PARTIES actually work together.

Trust me, if Bush can get elected to a second term, so will Obama.

Gm

October 26th, 2010
11:49 am

Cynthia is beautiful: comments may be a little to deep for you”

James

October 26th, 2010
11:51 am

Come on son- maybe you need to take the rose colored glasses off and stop patronizing. Obama will soon join Carter (and W) as one of the least effective President’s ever. The guy couldn’t run a local Starbucks.

Georgian

October 26th, 2010
11:51 am

BW,

So now you know what I believe better than I do? That is exactly the attitude liberals have gotten that is going to get them voted out next Tuesday.

OMG!!!! Next TUESDAY! On to a new and better future, without the influence of the garbage of Reid, Pelosi, and Obama. Dems are going to have to elect a new minority leader in the House, a new leader in the Senate bc Reid is losing his seat and his leadership, and Obama will be stuck by himself.

BW

October 26th, 2010
11:53 am

Come On Son

Exactly…people want to complain about a man risking his life for a better chance at life to paid minimum wage or lower doing something Americans don’t really want to do and has a hypocritical employer waiting to hire him while we allow H1Bs in the country which depress wages and jobs for Americans in the true high quality jobs? Don’t get me wrong…we don’t churn out enough qualified people in all the high level fields but we can with some simple policy adjustments. Sorry but the quality of life in this country will always depend of our high level employment.

Gm

October 26th, 2010
11:54 am

James” Obama will go down as the President that saved America from going down the toliet”

Come On Son.

October 26th, 2010
11:54 am

James,

Stop repeating the GOP/right wing radio/faux news dribble and actually point out what Obama has/has not done and compare it to Bush’s first term. Then please tell me WHO will the GOP nominate that is actually a winnable candidate, please don’t tell me Palin.

BW

October 26th, 2010
11:55 am

Georgian

Republicans were saying the same thing in 2006 and 2008….overreach is overrach regardless of party. Operating at the extremes of either ideology will ensure a short lived majority. And since compromise is now a four letter word where do you think that Republican majority would operate?

Equality 7-2521

October 26th, 2010
11:59 am

Come on Son and Company,

Being stuck in the “denial” stage won’t last forever.

There are already signs some of your fellow democrats have entered the anger stage. You’ll join them soon.

And after next week, watch the “bargaining” stage take root full force as the democrats attempt to save their power.

Yesterday Obama said that some of us have to go to “the back of the bus”. Any other President says such a thing and that would have been CT’s lead topic today.

There is no such thing as a “second class citizen” in the United States. There is no “back of the bus”.

For the sitting President to even utter such a statement shows just how desperate he has become. He’s still in the “I am God” stage.

Peadawg

October 26th, 2010
11:59 am

The entitlement mentality of this nation has gotten so bad that it’s effecting the Texas Longhorns.
ttp://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5727226
“I do think there’s some entitlement with this team. They sit around thinking it’s just going to happen,”

Yikes!

Independent J

October 26th, 2010
12:00 pm

i found the idiot— nice CYNT U…
all caps ..really!!! and now im a racist hick….hey cynthia!!!! WTF

so i guess we should all agree on Obama’s failed policies…i dont agree with the Repubs on every issue either…

T-Town

October 26th, 2010
12:01 pm

Charley Reese (Orlando Sentinel, retired) :

“One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.”

“Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.”

This was part of an editorial titled “545″ penned by Mr. Reese in 1985, rehashed in 1995, and updated in 2007. Apparently we as voters can not find 545 people out of over 300 million to run this country correctly…..we are part of the problem.

BW

October 26th, 2010
12:04 pm

T-Town

Man you’re cutting too deep now LOL…people don’t want to be told they are idiots

AmVet

October 26th, 2010
12:07 pm

Peadawg @11:59, LOL!

There is an old saying where I come from:

Tuck Fexas…

T-Town

October 26th, 2010
12:07 pm

BW; Wasn’t my intention, but I guess the truth hurts for all of us. LOL

James

October 26th, 2010
12:08 pm

Equality- a weak hand played by a weak man. A true lack of leadership that consistently races to the bottom with a juvenile divide and conquer strategy.

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
12:09 pm

Chris D

Repubs used that same argument in the 90s. Please post a non-partisan study that shows the increase in the minimum wage a that time contributed to unemployment

Waiting

Thanks

Equality 7-2521

October 26th, 2010
12:10 pm

Anyone else shocked Obama didn’t come down here for the announcement and take credit for 1400 jobs in Kennesaw and make a plug for Barnes in his home county…..

Obama certainly has taken credit for much less…..

Peadawg

October 26th, 2010
12:10 pm

AmVet, you know it’s bad when football teams are sitting around thinking it’s just going to happen…sounds a lot like those who sit around waitin’ for their next handout.

Come On Son.

October 26th, 2010
12:10 pm

Can any of the GOP supporters actually list their PLATFORM and ISSUES they are running on. All I see across the nation are “we are not Obama”, “fire Nancy Pelosi” type ads but I want to see the actual issues. What is Nathan Deal’s platform, “I’m not Roy Barnes and he supports Obama”. Run on issues and not scare tactics.

It amazes me how short the memory of GOP supports when the GOP had a President and majorities in the both Houses of Congress what happened, GOVERNMENT EXPANDED, in the number of agencies as well as in it’s power to intrude into our lives. Same thing happened here in GA with a GOP governor and state house. This is why the Tea Party has been able to defeat GOP canidates in primaries that would have easily won a senate seat (Delaware and Nevada).

Fear only works for so long and will only take you so far, sooner or later please point out and list some actual results/legislation that is doing well. The last I checked, my commute from and to Gwinnett is getting smoother on the new roads the stimulus money provided for. My kids can attend graduate school and stay insured because of health care law. I can pursue my business dreams because insurance companies can not deny me coverage because of a condition I was BORN with.

I know what the problem is, the playing field is starting to get level and some people actually are going to have to work to get ahead instead of just being given the inside track.

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
12:10 pm

Am Vet….I think it is happening now…Texas report

Cynthia is beautiful

October 26th, 2010
12:12 pm

Gm…

It’s too deep and not to deep. Sorry for the grammar correction.

Mike K.

October 26th, 2010
12:13 pm

“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.”

Actually, I’d say that all three of those goals are consistent with making Obama a one-term president. To use the language of causation, defeating Obama in 2012 may not be a sufficient cause of those three goals, but it is a necessary one.

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
12:14 pm

…but I guess the truth hurts for all of us.

Splinters from pressure treated lumber hurt—”the truth,” not so much.

Old Man

October 26th, 2010
12:17 pm

If the republicans come back into power like they were, US will get attacked again, worker’s few remaining rights will continue to get withered away, everybody will go deeply into personal consumer debt because essential items are not priced low enough to purchase outright, there will be more standardized tests in schools, we will go to war against whatever country republicans don’t like at the time, the insurance companies will gain more power and control over personal income, all jobs that “americans won’t do” anymore will be outsourced including surgery and criminal trials, the pharmaceutical companies cannot be sued even if they pollute our water supply, more bridges will collapse, hurricanes will render a major city function-less and republicans will laugh at them again, Iran will be publicly denounced while we trade arms with them, WMD will still not be found in Iraq, nucular yallow-cake will not be located, Bin Laden will still roam free in Afghanistan, anti-gun bills will be passed through both houses first thing, and the economy once and for all will crash and burn, never to be revived again. But the rich will get richer.

Mike K.

October 26th, 2010
12:17 pm

@Come On Son.
“It amazes me how short the memory of GOP supports when the GOP had a President and majorities in the both Houses of Congress what happened, GOVERNMENT EXPANDED, in the number of agencies as well as in it’s power to intrude into our lives.”

That’s a fair criticism of the Republicans, but how would you suggest limited government types vote? The current crop of Democrats have been prolific spenders and, even if I don’t trust the Republicans very much, they were slightly better than the Dems. Plus, we all know that divided governments tend to spend less, and pass less intrusive legislation, than unified ones.

Look at it this way, people like me who are voting Republican this coming Tuesday are picking the lesser of two evils. However, given our choices, I think it’s the best we can do. Who knows, they might even surprise me and actually reduce the size of government.

BW

October 26th, 2010
12:20 pm

Come On Son

Fulton needs to get its act together before I start supporting a Milton County….the commute from Duluth to Alpharetta is atrocious…too many cars not enough road. All people are now starting to get the short end of the stick as businesses realize that they can exist without some of the overhead that they wouldn’t have dreamed of getting rid of during good times…or as Dem of PA Paul Kanjorski essentially inartfully put it…this recession is so bad it’s not just affecting minorities anymore it’s affecting average good American people.

Scout

October 26th, 2010
12:21 pm

Hey, the Republicans started a “Tea” party why don’t you libs. start a “Reefer” party ?

Keep up the good fight!

October 26th, 2010
12:23 pm

The Republicans started the tea party?…well glad that has been finally admitted. Here I kept hearing about astroturfing and it was all true.

Come On Son.

October 26th, 2010
12:24 pm

Look at it this way, people like me who are voting Republican this coming Tuesday are picking the lesser of two evils. However, given our choices, I think it’s the best we can do. Who knows, they might even surprise me and actually reduce the size of government.

Miles, don’t you get tired of this every election cycle, “voting for the less of two evils”. The party not in “power” does all they can to gridlock legislation and then yells, look they are not doing anything. Both parties are guilty of the same thing. Ironically the one thing they can agree on is NOT having Term Limits and Campaign Financing reform; I wonder why….

I believe a lot of GOPers are going to be shocked and surprised over the nation wide results. The GOP will pick up seats in the House but it will not be enough to take control and eveyone is going to be wondering why, and what happened?

willie lynch

October 26th, 2010
12:30 pm

Well I say let the repugnicans have it. I’m glad they’ve finally spoken what I’ve known since day one. They have no agenda and hence no clue. They haven’t tried to do anything since Obama took office to help the COUNTRY. Let them and their minions have control. They’re the crew that throws the captain off the boat and then asks, “who knows how to fly this thing”.

T-Town

October 26th, 2010
12:32 pm

“Splinters from pressure treated lumber hurt—”the truth,” not so much.”

Try convincing some on this blog that the truth don’t hurt.

Georgian

October 26th, 2010
12:34 pm

The GOP will in fact take over the House and Senate.

If you go to drudgereport.com, you will see a link to RealClear that shows how the races are panning out. 6 senate seats are in the R bag, 4 more are likely R, and 6-7 more are toss ups. This would give the R an easy majority and I believe Lieberman would begin caucusing with R as well.

In the house, the R have an advantage on D 223 to 179 with 33 seats as a toss up based on the latest numbers. Even with D getting all 33 seats the R would still have an easy majority.

T-Town

October 26th, 2010
12:34 pm

Doesn’t hurt.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 26th, 2010
12:40 pm

Kam, splinters aside (got one festing in my finger as we speak), if “the truth” didn’t hurt, there would be no need for the tea party. see, after 8 years of Bush & Co., we were “hurting” so in order the “heal” as a nation, it was necessary to create an ointment (tea party) to treat “the truth” and ipso facto, the tea party-treated truth becomes just the “truth” and I guess, yeah, it does hurt. make sense?

lynnie gal

October 26th, 2010
12:40 pm

The Republicans just want to overthrow the overwhelming will of Americans who voted for President Obama and install their own little Fascist regime. We need to require those voting machines we’re using to have paper backups, else when the Republo-fascists take over, we’ll never have fair elections again.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

October 26th, 2010
12:40 pm

festering… what is “festing”?

kevinbgoode

October 26th, 2010
12:41 pm

Well, what else is McConnell going to say? That the GOP doesn’t have any clue about what to do if they had power again, except repeat the mistakes of their past? Or that the party really gives a damn about the American people beyond securing power for themselves and their corporate masters?

Of course it is all about making Obama a one-term president – the Right has been whining and gnashing and bullying every step of the way since 2008. A record number of filibuster threats and Obama’s biggest mistake was watering down everything to appease them. They never had any intention of doing anything for the American people and that isn’t going to change no matter how many seats it has in Congress.

The Republican Party either doesn’t get it or doesn’t want to get it. No one is thrilled with their record either – people are angry, yes, and likely to express it at the voting booth next week. But they’ll also turn on the GOP in a heartbeat if the Party is stupid enough to think all is forgiven. There have been no signs at all that the Republican leadership has learned anything from 2006 or 2008 – but then, they never took any responsibility for their own mistakes and have no intention of doing so when they make them in the future.

Obama is over

October 26th, 2010
12:42 pm

McConnell does not have anything the worry about. Obama has made himself unelectable by being a Chicago style politician focussed only on partisan politics. All the “change” he promised was only for select groups and not for the benefit of the entire country. American citizens have figured out that they don’t want to pay for these programs and not receive any of the benefits. Obama’s protectionist rhetoric has jeopardized America’s global trade relationships and has forced the economy to grow at an anemic pace. Why is it that China and India are growing at double digit rates and the U.S. has become so apathetic? Regulatory uncertainty has kept business development and expansion plans on the sidelines because no one can figure out what it costs to do business and what Washington will do next. Obama has not shown the ability to listen to American citizens. The sooner we get him out of office, the faster we can start unwinding the damage he has done.

Betsy

October 26th, 2010
12:43 pm

I think he hit the nail on the head. And you can twist its meaning around however you wish. Obama is a disaster for this country in so many ways, I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Therefore, getting him out of there is Job 1.

kevinbgoode

October 26th, 2010
12:43 pm

lynnie gal sez: “The Republicans just want to overthrow the overwhelming will of Americans who voted for President Obama and install their own little Fascist regime. We need to require those voting machines we’re using to have paper backups, else when the Republo-fascists take over, we’ll never have fair elections again.”
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Oh, they’ll still have elections. They’ll just go back to the Koch Brother’s Supreme Court and redefine citizenship as ONLY corporations so they don’t have to bother pretending to campaign for the little people’s vote.

Lil' Barry Bailout

October 26th, 2010
12:43 pm

Of course the votes haven’t been counted yet so there is no guarantee that Americans, er, Republicans will win next Tuesday. But judging by the foaming-at-the-mouth and flailing the libbtards here doing here, it’s obvious they think Americans, er, Republicans are going to do serious damage to the Idiot Messiah’s fascist scheming over the next two years.

When Republicans vote, Americans win.

kevinbgoode

October 26th, 2010
12:44 pm

Obama is over sez: “McConnell does not have anything the worry about. Obama has made himself unelectable by being a Chicago style politician focussed only on partisan politics.”

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and McConnell is all about representing the people? And the GOP has no special interest groups? You must get paid by the post too.

Mr Right

October 26th, 2010
12:46 pm

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. ( by CT )

Perhaps getting rid of Obama is the best way to create a climate of job creation since his policies kill jobs !

No Mas

October 26th, 2010
12:46 pm

“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….”

granny, i’m late to the party, no time to read all these. Probably someone has already responded to this, but just in case, I have a question.

Why do liberals always say the conservatives are rooting for America to fail, just because they want O’bama to fail? Of course they do.

Just as you would want president O’teaparty to fail if he were elected and tried to get Congress to pass legislation overturning Roe v. Wade, executing people who don’t believe in god, and whatever else you would consider a right-wing agenda.

Obviously i am exaggerating to illustrate a point, but to conservatives, the president’s agenda is just as radical and dangerous as you think the tea party agenda is, and they want it to fail. Why wouldn’t they?

ken

October 26th, 2010
12:48 pm

When I vote next Tuesday it will be to punish the Democrats. Everyone of them.

willie lynch

October 26th, 2010
12:49 pm

Lil B,

Did America win with the last Republican administration? I agree with you the republicans are going to do “serious damage” not only to the President but they will continue to hurt the country with their divisive tactics and clueless agenda’s. Poor America.

kevinbgoode

October 26th, 2010
12:51 pm

Betsy sez: “I think he hit the nail on the head. And you can twist its meaning around however you wish. Obama is a disaster for this country in so many ways, I wouldn’t even know where to begin.”

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Of course he is, Betsy. . .which is why you likely never voted for him in the first place. So wasn’t he a disaster for this country before even running for office?

willie lynch

October 26th, 2010
12:51 pm

I still haven’t heard a comprehensive agenda from the Teabaggers.