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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DawgDad

October 26th, 2010
2:23 pm

larry: Taxes DO influence corporate behavior, including hiring practices and investment.

I have personally been involved in businesses deriving their existence directly from then-current tax policy, namely the investment tax credit, employment taxes (temporary labor firms), and state sales tax (corporation formed to allow clients to avoid sales tax). In the final year of the investment tax credit in the 80’s I was personally involved in the sale of thirteen new business computer systems. In the following year we sold one.

Old Man

October 26th, 2010
2:26 pm

Nothing is Free, nice try revising history. I guess the October ‘01 anthrax attacks were Obama’s fault too. The IH 35 bridge in Minneapolis was due to the healthcare bill? I guess the tax cuts are what made Massey coal let his miners get crushed too… Your name is wrong, stupidity is free and you have helped yourself to tons of it.

Dan

October 26th, 2010
2:28 pm

It’s just a means of “green” messaging. Instead of listing the myriad of things that the current policies are destroying you just say get rid of Obama, its far more efficient. (and the emperor still has on nary a stitch)

Old Man

October 26th, 2010
2:35 pm

lil barry,

you are a true rookie of the stock market if the only gains you realized were during the 14k ‘06 bubble which crashed to 7k by 08. Since Obama’s bailout of the banks, the market has climbed fairly steadily. You coulnd’t have been around during Clinton, when you could buy AOL in the morning and double your money that afternoon.

Joel

October 26th, 2010
2:37 pm

Is it possible for people on here to make a point with putting down anothers intelligence? Talking to you GG.

Some People are stupid

October 26th, 2010
2:41 pm

Lil Barry Bailout-
What…you have to be joking. There is no way that post @2:21 was serious.

Unemployment- Bush’s fist day in office, unemployment was 4.2, his last day 7.4. change of 3.2. Obama’s first day it was 7.7 and currently 9.6. You base it off change. The day he took office was it magically suppose to drop. If you are just looking at raw numbers then gore should have been elected becuase it was 3.9 while he was in office.

Deficit-Last republican budget was 160billiion deficit. You have got to be smoking something strong to even type that. We already discussed the deficit earlier in the blog. It was no where near 160 billion dollars

Tax Rates- Bush did cut them, however the way he passed it was through reconciliatin which has a 10 year shelf life. When you credit card intro rate goes up do you say the CC company is raising the rate or my intro period is up? Consider the tax rate a 10yr intro rate. And seeing how Clinton created more jobs with a higher tax rate than Bush, not really gonna fall for the job creation argument.

Race Relations- I wonder with everybody using racist on a daily, if race relations would seem a little off. Can’t really blame that on Obama, it’s not his fault he is half black you know.

My stock portfolio-Maybe you suck as an investor. Maybe instead of investing on bubbles, you invest in more long term stuff. My portfolio is looking great. And didn’t the Dow drop really low under Bush before he left…

BW

October 26th, 2010
2:41 pm

Old Man

Bush initiated the bailout

War Eagle

October 26th, 2010
2:42 pm

The mandate BHO got in 2008 election has gone, along with Reid, Pelosi…The American people will make sure it will not happen again.
This gives Madam Cynthia something to criticize for next several years. BHO blew the people`s mind with his spending and tax agenda.

Fletch

October 26th, 2010
2:42 pm

Big D, you are complete moron! I’m neither Dem or GOP, but I do know my political history. The referendum you are talking about was part of a bill introduced in 2004 call the Debt Free America Act. It was introduced as a proposal to eliminate the Federal Income tax and replace it with a 1% transaction tax. The intent was to 1st eliminate the Federal tax, 2nd to completely pay off the defecit within 7 years, and then eventually do away with all income taxes all together. Also, it was proposed that anyone earning less than $150,000 a year would receive a tax credit to off set the amount of the 1% transaction tax. It hac been brough up in every legislative session since 2004, and it NEVER passes. in case you didn’t realize, there is a lot of Sh!t that comes up in legislation that doesn’t pass either. Maybe you’d like to pull some more propositions out of your a$$ from the last decade that don’t see the light of day. However, you’ll have to pull your head out first.

hotlanta

October 26th, 2010
2:43 pm

I have seen politics as crazy as it is now. WOW these folks are off the chain. They are several years behind. Where were these people during the Reagan, Nixon and Bush eras. Now everyonr is a potlical consultant and has a opinion. They act as if we were all eating teas an crumpets before Obama got elected.

First one all he doesn’t give a flip about being a one term President when he gets a check and Secret Service for life. H ehad money before he became President and trust me he will make more money when he leaves. White folks kill me acting as if blacks folks really need their pissy jobs and we wouldn’t make it without them. Get over yourself. Barak will be fine trust me.

AmVet

October 26th, 2010
2:43 pm

Did America win with the last Republican administration?
—————————-

Of course.

Excuse me while I throw up.

The worst administration in modern American history. And one of the very worst of all time.

The list of debacles, disasters and deceit is nearly endless.

Even the American Bar Association, which is chock full of Republican lawyers, knew he should have been impeached…

They Both Suck

October 26th, 2010
2:49 pm

Lil Barry

You are more than welcome to compare 2 yrs of Obama and 8 yrs of Bush Jr

Would you like to compare the Dow Jones, job created, income increases over the last 100 years?

Please say you do or come up with some lame excuse as to why your comparison over 2 yrs is the only valid one to make

Tychus Findlay

October 26th, 2010
2:55 pm

It’s hard to run the economy when you spend all your time on a global apology tour.

sawboy

October 26th, 2010
2:55 pm

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
8:09 am
RAGS

You mean all those policies that Bush didn’t veto?

No veto means, “OK with me” now don’t it?

Dear GG, I guess the same applied to Mr. Obama, with his voting record in the Illinois senate,
No vote means “OK with me, now don’t it?

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October 26th, 2010
2:57 pm

Road Scholar

October 26th, 2010
7:44 am
Ummmm, the Democrats took control of both the House and the Senate in 2006 elections, so we are four years into Democratic control, not two…..and just when did the downturn start???? Late 2007, early 2008???? hmmmmmmm…….The only thing that matters in this election is this: if you are happy with the way things are now, and the way things are headed, then vote for incumbents……if you don’t like 10% unemployment, 42MM people on food stamps, exploding deficits, out of control government spending, or “more of the same”, then do not vote for the incumbent, Democrat or Republican

sawboy

October 26th, 2010
3:11 pm

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.

Kammy keeps talking about having somehting rammed down their throats, seems to me like he has a lot of experience, theres your sign……sport

AmVet

October 26th, 2010
3:21 pm

It’s hard to run the economy when you spend all your time on a global apology tour.

But it’s even easier to ruin it when you spend all of your time on the world conquest tour…

The AJC is Done

October 26th, 2010
3:41 pm

Seeing how blatantly the ajc is backing roythecrook for guv, I for one will be working post election to reduce the circulation of the Urinal to zero. I hope the new republican governor will offer his help in my mission, perhaps by banning the sale or possession of said rag on State property..

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
3:55 pm

Kammy keeps talking about having somehting rammed down their throats, seems to me like he has a lot of experience…

Not me sport.

I wasn’t one of those that swallowed smoking guns and mushroom clouds.

Kamchak's gerbil

October 26th, 2010
3:57 pm

Yes you were!!!!!!!!!

granny godzilla

October 26th, 2010
4:12 pm

Joel

Yes it is. I can’t always do it, especially with posters who for the umpteenth time post something incredibly stupid. I really don’t think that kind of behavior needs to be rewarded.

sawboy

are you talking about actual votes or the illinois legislatures practice of “present” voting?

DK

October 26th, 2010
4:13 pm

I think we can all agree that there were peoople on both sides that wanted to stop who ever was in office. Heck, go back to the 80’s and as tax cuts increased revenue to the treasury, one side kept spending more then the increase to say it did not work.

Either way, we are in for a whole of hurt. We cannot have a Fed Gov that wants to dictate everything in our lives and be the almighty. Why do we have duplicate of services between county, state and fed gov? How is it that as companies have streamlined as technology has enhance production, are Fed gov is only expanding at an alarming rate?

WE need to remove the power from the Fed and allow citizens and their communities to regain control.

Honesty is best policy

October 26th, 2010
4:15 pm

Perhaps, just perhaps (call me naive), the best thing for job creation would be LESS GOVERNMENT?! The government never, never has been more efficient in job creation, so why should we put them (sad I use we and them to describe OUR government) in charge of it?

williebkind

October 26th, 2010
4:20 pm

I think we all need to go home and practice our stomping.

Hoopster

October 26th, 2010
4:23 pm

Sven Ottke, we can only hope so! We can only hope so!

Jason

October 26th, 2010
4:29 pm

@Keep:

Your response to my comment highlights your general ignorance. I’ll address the tipping issue first: many other fellow bartenders in Midtown all report that CT tips like ****. You don’t even know me and you attack my work ethic? How ignorant.

Secondly, to call me a sloth is actually somewhat of a compliment. Sloths are perceived as lazy, but in fact, all of their movements are well thought out so that they do not need to move more than is necessary. It is called efficiency. Many sloths do the bulk of their hunting at night. So, in effect, you are saying that I am a highly efficient stealth like ninja that only operates at night? Perfect.

Someone else made a comment about me being 32 years old and having lived in Atlanta for 20 of those years. You said something to the effect that it proves that things get shoved down my throat? I don’t even comprehend your logic. In fact, I can’t begin to. Please enlighten me. I left Atlanta because I was tired of the way that the liberal city establishment had ran it into the ground over the span of several decades. I loved living in Midtown, but as time went on, I suffered 12 automobile break ins in my own driveway, two attempted home invasions, two of my friends were murdered, one was robbed at gun point and another was kidnapped at gun point. Simultaneously, Time’s 2005 Mayor of the Year Shirley Franklin was cutting police from the force. Sorry. Game over. I did the smart thing and moved to pretty much the exact opposite of that living situation: Western Colorado, high up in the Rockies.

The way Atlanta is ran is a complete disgrace, and it’s a real shame. It’s such a beautiful city. However, it is a mirror for this country at large

Hey Look, I'm Cynthia Tucker!

October 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

President Obama Heads into Midterms at Lowest Approval Rating of Presidency
Two-thirds of Americans believe country going off on the wrong track
NEW YORK , N.Y. – October 25, 2010 – President Obama is spending the next week crisscrossing the country in support of Democratic candidates before this year’s midterm elections. While the president may do a great job of energizing the base, he may not be able to convert any Independents who have yet to decide for whom they will vote. Currently, two-thirds of Americans (67%) have a negative opinion of the job President Obama is doing while just over one-third (37%) have a positive opinion. This continues the president’s downward trend and he is now at the lowest job approval rating of his presidency.

Hey Tucker, what should the GOP strategy be, defeat communism? This election is about Obama like 2008 was about Bush. You are such a moron Ms. Cut & Paste Queen.

Tychus Findlay

October 26th, 2010
4:42 pm

@Jason,

#1 haha, are you surprised? I used to bartend in Midtown and her kind came in all the time and never tipped. They complained incessantly and were always trying to get free stuff, you know….writers.

Loki

October 26th, 2010
4:43 pm

McConnell beleives, as do many, that ousting Obama WILL create a climate to aid job creation, cut the deficit and facilitate tax cuts. Many believe that those goals are imposible to realize with Obama in office.

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
4:50 pm

Loki, you are exactly correct only Tucker is to blind by her love of a African-American liberal socialist in the white house to be fair and balanced. Oh, oh, I said fair and balance on Tucker’s site. Oh yeah, Tucker where is your post about Juan Williams? The only Black liberal on the staff of NPR and fired last week? How come no out cry? Where is that fair and balance reporting?

ml

October 26th, 2010
4:54 pm

if the republican party wins in this election, especially if they brag about it, they have 2 years. 2 years to make America perfect again, 2 years to put humpty dumpty back together again. time to put up or shut up. winning just to lose hurts us all. winning at all costs eventually means defeat. if you can demonize to acheive then when you get what you want ya gotta do something with it, and positive this time! 2 years. anyone with any honor would surely give to others what they would expect from them.

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
4:57 pm

Hey ml, the country will never be perfect. We just want to get it going again in the right direction. That means less spending and more accountability to both parties. And yes, people like me that will be voting Republican on Tuesday will hold them responsible in 2 years. I will vote Independent in 2012 if it don’t work out.

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

The only Black liberal on the staff of NPR and fired last week?

Somebody just told a whopper of a lie.

Not surprising.

You’re just repeating what you’ve been told.

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:02 pm

williebkind

October 26th, 2010
4:20 pm
I think we all need to go home and practice our stomping.

There will be plenty of stomping next Tuesday willie. It will officially be called “stomp on a liberal day”. All registered voters are invited. I did say registered. I know that don’t matter to some libs out there.

Tommy Maddox

October 26th, 2010
5:03 pm

Oh and along with the cheese, Mitch McConnell is correct.

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:04 pm

How was that a lie Kamchak? Juan was the only black male liberal on the reporting staff of NPR. Oh I see, I did not say reporting staff. There you go slapnut, now tell me where the lie is this time around.

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
5:06 pm

Juan was the only black male liberal on the reporting staff of NPR.

Now you’re just moving the goalposts.

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:09 pm

Wow kammy, you answered my question with a joke. Now, one more time, think for a moment, come on big guy you can do this, where is the lie in what I stated?
This ought to be good folks, some witty response to a simple question. Wait for it.

ml

October 26th, 2010
5:10 pm

that’s it both parties, but somehwere we have to make the best decisions we can make for the most benefit for this country. both parties suck, but i see ‘mean’ coming from one side more than the other. that helps none of us. somehow we need to take polarization and bad attitude out of the equation so common sense and fairness and good can have a say, because these things won’t yell the loudest or use the scorched earth policy, they’re well mannered enough and honorable enough to be invited into the conversation. ’cause if we can’t listen and use methods to demean others the good things won’t bother with us. we must invite good. and it ain’t perfect, either. but polarization is the definition of imperfect. hate and anger the definitons of bad.

Jim

October 26th, 2010
5:14 pm

CT – Your article has no point other than to fuel negative energy. Find some real news to report on, please!

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

October 26th, 2010
5:20 pm

Like that is news….wake up, the dems wanted to defeat Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2…Where is this news. You must REALLY be hard up for a story. How about mentioning Ford was able to post over 1$ BILLION in profit WITHOUT the taxpayer bailing them out. Oh, wait, that wouldn’t be good for the dems would it? ONE MORE WEEK SWEETIE!!!! mmm, mmm, mmm

ml

October 26th, 2010
5:21 pm

by the way you should never respond to anyone that you truly think believes in the concept of perfect can’t even think why we have the word in the dictionary. it’s mainly just a way of putting someone down for what ever reason. schoolyard stuff. like, be man, grow up, not tactics used by people of character.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

October 26th, 2010
5:23 pm

ml – the word PERFECT is there for a reason, like bowling 300 or throwing a PERFECT game. There are PLENTY of PERFECT things in the world.

Kamchak

October 26th, 2010
5:24 pm

…where is the lie in what I stated?

If you insist.

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
4:50 pm

…The only Black liberal on the staff of NPR and fired last week?

If you were a listener of NPR, you would be aware of the show Tell Me More hosted by Ms. Michel (pronounced mee-shell) Martin.

You later added the “male” qualifier, probably suspecting your lie, hence the “moving the goalpost” comment from me.

hit em in November and 2012

October 26th, 2010
5:26 pm

If Obama fails, America wins. Pretty simple.

hit em in November and 2012

October 26th, 2010
5:28 pm

If you were a listener of NPR, you would be …an idiot? elitist? socialist? lib whack-job? So many to pick from.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

October 26th, 2010
5:29 pm

Kamchak – Would moving the goal posts be like:

• Rarely does a politician get caught in such a blatant break of a campaign promise as President Obama did with his “I’ll put health care negotiations on C-SPAN” pledge. Obama had promised at least eight times during his run for presidency that he would do so
• During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama vowed to overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning gays from the military. It is still in place two nearly years later.
• Pass the stimulus bill and unemployment won’t go above 8.2%, it’s now around 10.%

and MY favorite:
• Quote: “I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war….You can take that to the bank!”

May I just say TOUCHDOWN!!!!!

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:30 pm

So, I was not lying and as a typical liberal you were splitting hairs. And I use to listen to NPR years ago and saw their agenda and left it to the leftist. Can’t wait intil they are defunded. You are going to have to up your donations kammy. Real big like.

John Reb

October 26th, 2010
5:30 pm

nobodys asking the Republicans to be perfect. I think what people really want is just for them not to screw things up some damn bad again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sid Farcas

October 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

mmmmmm….SCOOOOOOOORE!!!! Give that man 6!