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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kevinbgoode

October 26th, 2010
12:52 pm

ken sez: “When I vote next Tuesday it will be to punish the Democrats. Everyone of them.”

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I’m assuming you voted last time to punish the Republicans. Every one of them.

haha.

joesuggs

October 26th, 2010
12:52 pm

Notice how the Democrats continue to come up with ways to tax hard working Americans (with good jobs).Start taxing illegitimate kids born to welfare queens. That would bring in alot of money.

cosby

October 26th, 2010
12:52 pm

Ahh….hatred again…Pick apart something and make it seem like everyone wants Obama / Barry Sorentoes, to fail. Did you even think that about 50% of this country does not want to go the way of France, Greece, England and the rest of Europe. that perhaps they like freedom and do not like the elitist attitude presented by Obama. Mcconnell is head of the Republican Party in the house, did you think he does not want a Republican President. Gee….tired of the split and divide speech, how about holding government accountable from the white house down to the janitor!

Angry As Hell

October 26th, 2010
12:53 pm

Old Man @ 12:17pm

Yours has been the most cogent comment of the entire afternoon. Did you notice, though, not one of these itzzy bitzy neocons responded to you? That says more about them then about your comment.

You hit the nail right on the head.

Nothing Is Free

October 26th, 2010
12:53 pm

kevinbgoode

- -So wasn’t he a disaster for this country before even running for office?- -

Anytime a novice with absolutely no experience in a crisis or leadership role of any kind is elected leader of the free world, the disaster that we have seen for two years is to be expected.

BW

October 26th, 2010
12:54 pm

The real funny thing is the dialogue will be exactly the same when Obama is out of office…blame whichever President or Speaker of the House is in there…pretty tiring voting for people who don’t give a rat’s ass about the average American only maintaining power.

kevinbgoode

October 26th, 2010
12:55 pm

Mr. Right sez: “Perhaps getting rid of Obama is the best way to create a climate of job creation since his policies kill jobs !”
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How many jobs did he kill? And how many were created with those tax cuts in the stimulus?

Now no one is surprised that the GOP cares about itself more than America.

Come On Son.

October 26th, 2010
12:55 pm

“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.”

drops mic, that says it all.

AmVet

October 26th, 2010
12:56 pm

“…sounds a lot like those who sit around waitin’ for their next handout.”

Now, now, Peadawg.

Lets not start trashing AIG, Exxon, Boeing etc…

OMFG, somebody is b!tching about minimum wage increases?!

Talk about being a corporate wh*re.

Had the minimum wage even KEPT UP with inflation, it would now be over $10/hour.

Instead of the $7.25/hour that it is currently.

However, I suppose it is a natural and proper evolution of American capitalism that CEO pay went up 240% in one decade.

There are truly some ignorant and twisted twits out there…

ken

October 26th, 2010
12:56 pm

kevinbgoode, you won’t be saying ” haha ” next Wed.

kevinbgoode

October 26th, 2010
12:57 pm

cosby sez: “Mcconnell is head of the Republican Party in the house, did you think he does not want a Republican President. Gee….tired of the split and divide speech, how about holding government accountable from the white house down to the janitor!”
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What a wonderful idea – too bad that never seems to include accountability for conservatives.

Gm

October 26th, 2010
12:57 pm

Once again: They have no one to beat Obama in 2012′ These are the same people that said Juan Williams should not be fired for making stero types of comments.

I wonder how many of these conservatives bigots would have come to Juan aid if he had said he get nervious around Catholic Priests?
This is wy, Liberals, blacks, gays, muslims are comming out in large numbers next week, they see these bigots like McConnel and the tea party with sara and the racist, these people look nothing like America.

Come On Son.

October 26th, 2010
12:58 pm

Back from lunch, still looking for the list of issues from the GOP platform, did I miss someone’s post? Just let me know the time stamp to look for? It may be under the list of the actual harm Obama has done with the legislation he has spearheaded.

We have met the enemy and it is ourselves – Pogo

kevinbgoode

October 26th, 2010
12:58 pm

Why ken – are you saying that there is never a reason to “punish” Republicans at the voting booth?
And how much do you get paid to post?

BW

October 26th, 2010
12:59 pm

AmVet

It’s what the market will bear right? The logic of most people and false arguments they get caught up in is utterly amazing.

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
12:59 pm

Lil Barry

You worshiped him so much that you were not sure if Bush was the 13th Disciple or he was the man who was doing the “walking on water”, yet you call Obama a Messiah as a joke.

You not too smart

Nothing Is Free

October 26th, 2010
1:00 pm

Angry As Hell

the reason that no one responded to the poor old guy is that most of us don’t believe that electing Republicans will mean the end of the world as we know it.

Where would you start? Do you try to reason with the guy who thinks that after 9-11, no one dared touch us but now that Obama has been in office, we have done nothing but dodge bullets.

Of do you try to explain that with the Insurance Company Enrichment Act of 2010, in just a few years, our states will become broke from paying the additional medicaid expenses and of course it is the states that actually fix the bridges.

See? Who has the time to point out the obvious?

kevinbgoode

October 26th, 2010
1:01 pm

Nothing is free sez: “Anytime a novice with absolutely no experience in a crisis or leadership role of any kind is elected leader of the free world, the disaster that we have seen for two years is to be expected”
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Of course, the GOP didn’t offer much experience or leadership either. . .but then, that doesn’t matter. Now what did Republicans do to contribute to the “disaster” of the last two years? Nothing? Oh…of course. . .hahahahaha.

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
1:02 pm

Yes lets hold Obama accountable……… No problem here

The only problem is that the majority of same people who want to do this, were more than happy to vote for the clown we had in office before Obama….. They say they disliked him for the most part until Repubs bombed in 06 and 08, up until that time Bush was the MAN…… Bush voters… dont deny it

Irony?

BW

October 26th, 2010
1:05 pm

Let’s vote them the Dems…i mean all the incumbents out of office….that’ll learn em. LOL

AmVet

October 26th, 2010
1:06 pm

BW, I argue that the ostensibly “free” market has been twisted into a pretzel.

Corporations control almost everything now.

Even our government.

That is why more than three out of Americans feel that they too much control over their lives.

And why CEOs have a horrific trustworthiness rating about the same as the US Congress…

Come On Son.

October 26th, 2010
1:07 pm

Nothing is free sez: “Anytime a novice with absolutely no experience in a crisis or leadership role of any kind is elected leader of the free world, the disaster that we have seen for two years is to be expected”

Umm, didn’t 9/11 occur during the 2nd year of Bush’s first term and it has been shown that our government intelligence agencies had intel on this mission. Do we need to roll the tape of Bush reading to the school children while our nation was under attack. Umm, I think we can pretty much agree those “weapons of mass destruction” were not the reason we engaged in the Iraq war.

Nothing for free, I think you may be on to something with that observation.

Carry on…

T-Town

October 26th, 2010
1:11 pm

“Umm, didn’t 9/11 occur during the 2nd year of Bush’s first term…”

Bush didn’t take office until 1/2001 and within my math skills 9/11 occurred ah…………9 months later.

Just Wondering

October 26th, 2010
1:16 pm

what will the GOP spin doctors say when Wednesday comes along and see that the Democrats still have control of the House and Senate. It will be a more balanced House and Senate, but the ironic thing will be that Pelosi and Reid will still be the majority leaders.

Once the analysis is complete it will be shown that the Tea Party would have actually benefitted the Democrats more by splitting the vote or helping to nominate unelectable canidates. The Tea Party people are “loud” but represent a small vocal group, the gay community has more political clout and capital than they do. Time will reveal that the Tea Party will hurt the GOP more than the Dems.

CuTe the Pulitzer Prize Winner

October 26th, 2010
1:19 pm

Obama shall be triumphant in instituting his policies. His opponents have no policies, other than stealing every penny they can get their hands on (for their own pockets). Lil’ Barry Bailout, you are an idiot. Jason, you are a fool. RGB, the reason why we will never get jobs with President Obama in place is because those who have the ability to create jobs are patiently waiting for President Obama to surrender to their wishes (and he is too great of a leader to do that). You jerk, who do you think sent all of the jobs to other countries..certainly not you because you don’t have the financial backing to create that kind of policy. It was your powerful business owners and their lobbyists. You want to blame President Obama for all of the mess that the country was in before he took office, and you have been hood-winked/bamboozled/conned into believing that President Obama is the culprit. Now I understand why you want to get rid of President Obama and his administrative policies….you’re an idiot/pawn. AK, I think that you got it!!!

larry

October 26th, 2010
1:19 pm

And President Obama, expressed his utter contempt for the American people when he said last week that the reason the health care bill is not accepted is that HE did not explain it well enough. No, we understand it and didn’t want it. He still thinks he knows what is best for us and that all he needs to do is explain things better. That is either sheer contempt or he is a complete elitest. I would say clueless, but I think it goes deeper and that he believes he alone holds the answers to all questions. This attitude is why he has had such a rocky road with the other side. His idea of compromise is vote my way and I’ll say nice things about you, otherwise I’ll use the bullypulpit to chastise you and mock you and talk down to you. He has yet to reach out for help so why shouldn’t the Republicans/Tea Party seek to make him a one termer. We can’t go another 6 years in a stalemate spending our way into a 3rd world has been power.

BW

October 26th, 2010
1:20 pm

Butch

Wow…no refuting what she actually wrote but just namecalling….surely you can defend your own point of view better than that…or can you? Yes she does get paid for this job and probably quite handsomely to live in DC.

BW

October 26th, 2010
1:22 pm

Larry

I think we’re being disingenious to actually believe that enough of the people out there have the interest or capacity to analyze the minutae of health care at large. I agree it’s poor taste to call your electorate idiots…out loud at least.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

October 26th, 2010
1:24 pm

So has Obama “caught” religion?

“On the campaign trail for Democrats in recent days, President Barack Obama said the word “Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence, although he omitted the word in several earlier speeches this year. The addition of “Creator” came after press reports noted the omission in Obama’s earlier speeches.”

Not to worry. He’ll probably start omitting it again after the election.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

October 26th, 2010
1:26 pm

Real shock here, right?

“Nevada – ‘I WENT TO VOTE AND HARRY REID’S NAME WAS ALREADY CHECKED’.”

“N CAROLINA: I VOTED REPUBLICAN AND MACHINE CHECKED DEMOCRAT… “

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

October 26th, 2010
1:29 pm

CuTe the Pulitzer Prize Winner
October 26th, 2010
1:19 pm

I don’t think people are blaming just Obama. No, the dems have controlled Congress since 2006 so I believe a lot of the blame is directed towards them. You know, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, and the whole Hee Haw gang.

AmVet

October 26th, 2010
1:31 pm

…is that HE did not explain it well enough.

For years, the cons blamed nearly every one of their electoral humiliations on the belief that they “Didn’t do a good enough job of getting their message out”.

Selective myopia?

willie lynch

October 26th, 2010
1:32 pm

AmVet @12:56,

How dare you address the class warfare issue.

larry

October 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

Amvet,

They were wrong, Obama is wrong. When you start believing you have all the answers, your mirror is not working…

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

October 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

larry
October 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

Mirror or teleprompter? :)

DawgDad

October 26th, 2010
1:45 pm

Yes, we conservatives want Obama to fail. Not as a person, but politically. Does that make us racists? Well, we have equal contempt for the policies of Reid, Pelosi, et. al. (The operative word is “contempt”, not “hatred”).

McConnell is a Republican politician. He has party interests just like Democrat politicians do. At a certain level below distinctions based on public policy politicians are politicians.

Nothing Is Free

October 26th, 2010
1:51 pm

kevinbegoode

- -Of course, the GOP didn’t offer much experience or leadership either. . .but then, that doesn’t matter.- -

A war hero who had been a Senator most of his life and the governor of the largest state, the most popular governor and the state with the most natural resources.

Liberal reality would be funny if they didn’t actually allow you guys to vote.

Nothing Is Free

October 26th, 2010
1:54 pm

Come On Son.

9-11 happened 9 months after Bush took office.

Bush had been the governor of Texas. There is no better leadership experience, unless you count being a community organizer as better.

gator24

October 26th, 2010
1:55 pm

Its sad to read some of the comments,when George W Bush was elected twice even with what happen on 9/11. The tax cuts he signed into law didn’t create any jobs. I guess he was smart as is Sarah Palin. Its almost like being in bad marriage with spousal abuse, if the abuser is good for a few months a person is willing to give the abuser a second chance, however the abuse starts all over again. The Repub’s ran up the debt and deficit. They do not want any regulation on business to hold them accountable for abuse and wrong doing. Our tax code is screwed up to the point where large corp pay zero in income taxes and outsource jobs overseas. I will say it again if tax cuts were the answer to our economic problems then where are the jobs.

DawgDad

October 26th, 2010
1:55 pm

BW: We don’t just disagree with the MINUTAE in the health care bill. If you think that’s the case you are WAY off-base.

gator24

October 26th, 2010
2:05 pm

Where is the success created by the Republicans after controlling congress for 12 years along with presidency for six years. What was changed concerning immigration, energy, health care, education and terrorism. Low information voters or the people who know nothing always vote against their own interest. The problems with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are still with us, its all about power with the Rich getting richer with Poor and Middle Class hanging on for survival.

Just Wondering

October 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

Bush had been the governor of Texas. There is no better leadership experience, unless you count being a community organizer as better

Please just go to google images and type in bush drunk at olympics, is that the type of leadership you are referring to?

Sven Ottke

October 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

You don’t get Cynthia. Voting this clown out helps create a climate for job creation, for cutting the deficit and for cutting taxes. By voting Obozo out, we do all these things. He’s already doing a great job at pushing this country to failure. Take a look around. High unemployment, skyrocketing debt, going against the majority with government takeover of Wall Street, Healthcare, the Auto Industry, the Banking Industry. What else do you need to see?

larry

October 26th, 2010
2:08 pm

gator94

Corporations will never pay taxes, they pass them on so if they don’t pay, you don’t pay their taxes with your already taxed dollars.

BW

October 26th, 2010
2:11 pm

DawgDad

I’m not talking about the mess that was created by single party contribution that is the health care bill…I’m talking about simply understanding how health care works and how to make it more efficient….if you look at my posts a little closer you’ll see I’m not defending either party but I do rail against the R side more because I’m supposed to vote for them because they’re “different”….gimme a break dude…they are no different than the party there now…each party when in the majority consolidates its power via spending bills….if you believe otherwise then you’re a fool.

BW

October 26th, 2010
2:13 pm

Larry

If you think taxes will ever end you’re kidding yourself. Corporations are not the best thing since sliced bread because they create jobs. You are a number to them…you get no special preference because you vote R or D….if you don’t contribute to the bottom line then that’s it.

joe

October 26th, 2010
2:15 pm

CT, If I were you, I wouldn’t eat out at Atlanta area restaurants (such as Jason said he had waited on you before where you left a 10% tip), because there’s no telling what would end up in your meal.

Sven Ottke

October 26th, 2010
2:17 pm

Although my prior post makes it appear I am off my meds, because I really understand that the truth of the matter is the government did not take over any wall street firms, healthcare companies, auto companies or banks, but since the more it is repeated the more people believe it; I will just keep saying it. Even if I looked up online at the annual reports of all these companies in these industries, I still can not find one government official who is the CEO and I just deny the fact that the majority of these companies have paid back the loans with interest (imagine that, the taxpayers actually made money on this deal).

Well I will just continue to live in surburbia “la-la” land and work on the efforts to secede from Fulton County and start up Milton county. We did it as Johns Creek, we will do it for Milton County, and don’t worry Karen “no college degree but I have a GED” Handel, we will get you into the governor’s mansion next time around.

“you betcha” ;) wink, wink

PS – “I’m and not a witch”

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
2:18 pm

CT, If I were you, I wouldn’t eat out at Atlanta area restaurants…

Our hostess resides in D.C., sport.

Lil' Barry Bailout

October 26th, 2010
2:21 pm

willie lynch

Did America win with the last Republican administration?
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Of course.

Exhibit A: Unemployment. Higher under the Idiot Messiah than at any point in the Bush administration.

Exhibit B: Deficits. The last Republican budget had a deficit of $160 billion. The Idiot Messiah’s first budget was $1.3 trillion in deficit.

Exhibit C: Tax rates. Our President Bush cut tax rates for all tax payers. The Idiot Messiah plans to raise taxes on the productive class while leaving rates at President Bush’s levels for his parasite base and the middle class.

Exhibit D: Race relations. Surveys show that Americans think race relations have deteriorated under the Idiot Messiah regime.

Exhibit E: My stock portfolio. Much higher under President Bush, who had the Dow at 14,000 before Democrats stopped paying their mortgages.