McConnell makes it official: Obama is Public Enemy No. 1

I’ve been hesitant to make too much of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement a few days ago that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” It seemed over the top, like something McConnell said off the cuff, in the heat of battle, and probably regretted.

Surely it was more important to McConnell as a public servant to get millions of Americans working again, or to restore the nation’s financial health, or to stop Iran from getting the bomb. Surely working toward those and other national goals took priority over trying to defeat Obama, especially in difficult times such as these.

Silly, silly me.

From Politico:

“Over the past week, some have said it was indelicate of me to suggest that our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term in office,” the Senate Republican leader plans to tell the conservative Heritage Foundation, according to excerpts of his speech provided to POLITICO.

“But the fact is, if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill; to end the bailouts; cut spending; and shrink the size and scope of government, the only way to do all these things is to put someone in the White House who won’t veto any of these things,” the Kentucky Republican will say. “We can hope the president will start listening to the electorate after Tuesday’s election. But we can’t plan on it.”

McConnell isn’t some talk-radio host trying to work his audience into a lather. He’s not a behind-the-scenes political operative or consultant plotting the next election. He’s the Senate minority leader, with an obligation to govern that ought to transcend partisan goals.

For that reason, it means something when a person in his position embraces partisan gain over all else, however he may try to justify it to himself and others. In fact, it’s hard to hear his statement as anything but a declaration of all-out partisan war, damn the consequences.

For example, given the choice of supporting something that was good for the country, but would also benefit Barack Obama politically, what would McConnell do? If you take him at his word — and I guess we have to, since he has chosen to repeat it for emphasis — you at least have to wonder.

I just can’t imagine such a bald assertion of partisan gain over policy at any other time from such a prominent source. Tom Daschle in 2002, saying “the single most important thing we want to achieve is beating George Bush?” Unthinkable, because then as now, the country had bigger things on its plate. Even Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich, at the height of political acrimony with Bill Clinton, didn’t publicly commit themselves to Clinton’s political destruction as their primary goal.

The good news is, at least we know where we stand.

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Call it like it is

November 4th, 2010
7:56 am

Hey Obama
You have the lowest popularity of any President.
You’re leading the country into socialism.
The unemployment rate is skyrocketing.
Your party just got one of history’s greatest beat downs.
What are you going to do now…………….I’m going to Disney Wo……………I mean India!

Normal

November 4th, 2010
7:59 am

Call it Like It Is was wrong four times…

joe matarotz

November 4th, 2010
8:00 am

How refreshing. McConnell thinks we need a President who will undo Obama’s blunders. Guess what, Jay. He’s right! Syonara Obama in 2012.

Paul

November 4th, 2010
8:03 am

I saw McConnell asked about that last night. He kind of shrugged it off with a “hey, this is politics. My goal is to advance our agenda, the President’s goal is to advance his agenda and stop mine. So it’s just saying what happens all the time in Washington. But there are areas we will work together on.”

The proof will be in his actions. We’ll see how that goes.

BTW, Jay – I hope Texas isn’t a harbinger of the national level. We went, according to our governor, from having a balanced budget before the election to in excess of a $20 billion deficit the day after. Republican leaders in the Legislature are repeating no tax increases and are considering pulling out of ….. Medicaid. There just might be a backlash coming. Gov Perry will be on Fox and Friends and the Today Show publicizing his new book. I’ve set the programs to record. Want to see if any of the talking heads ask any tough questions.

Oh, and he’ll be on The Daily Show on Monday. I’m definitely watching that.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:06 am

“For example, given the choice of supporting something that was good for the country, but would also benefit Barack Obama politically”

That’s an oxymoron. You liberals are arrogant just like Obama was in his speech yesterday. Americans don’t want Republicans to compromise w/ Obama. Americans don’t like Obama’s liberal policies. Did y’all not get that memo yesterday?

mystified

November 4th, 2010
8:07 am

It’s awful that our political system has gotten this far; but in fairness….Bill Clinton never simply told the Republicans “I won” as a reason he should get his way, nor did he ever call them the enemy even at the height of the impeachment lunacy. He led the nation and worked with the Republicans who responded in kind . Obama showed no effort to do so until these elections. Add that to the fact that Obama’s vision of what America should be is so absolutely opposite to what conservatives believe in; I don’t see how you can be surprised they want to limit him to a one term President.

Vetobama

November 4th, 2010
8:08 am

The Repudlickans voted in a block against every measure for the past two years. What’s new? Where’s the surprise. They vote the way they are paid to vote by foreign lobbies.

So do democratic airheads. So do Tea Party ogres and gargoyles.

The market, freed from the Obama tax and spending handcuffs, should be able to grow jobs. The only thing that can stop it is if the bizarro-world congress actually acts bipartisan and passes some ill-considered, ill-timed, worst-thin- tha- coul- happe- legislation.

Congratulations, America. You’ve achieved gridlock again!!! Nothing will make it out of the senate from the repudlickan house.

Not to mention VetObama.

“Veto-bama?”

I told you not to mention that.

JDW

November 4th, 2010
8:09 am

@Peadawg…been asking for a bit of clarification from some of the more conservative posters on this bit of historical info…

“From 1932 to 1994 the Dems controlled the House all but two years. Since 1994 they have controlled the house only two years. ”

From 1947 (couldn’t get nums back to 32 but it would make the post 47 growth rate higher) GDP expanded at the average rate of 3.55% per year. Since 1994 the GDP has expanded at the rate of 2.55% per year. Even if you leave the last 2 years out the rate of expansion would only be 2.72%.

On January 1 1994 our national debt stood at about $3.5 Trillion. Since then it has grown to $13.5 Trillion.

So over a 47 year period Dems grew the economy at a 3.55% average rate while amassing $3.5 Trillion in debt or about 25% of GDP which in 1994 was a 47 year low.

In the last 16 years Repugs have grown the economy at a 2.55% rate or about 28% per year less while amassing about $10 Trillion in debt representing an all time high of 62% of GDP.

Maybe you can tell us how this could be…after all we cut taxes.

mystified

November 4th, 2010
8:10 am

It seems the biggest surprise to the democrats in this election is that there are actually a lot of people who don’t like Obama and what he is doing.

Vetobama

November 4th, 2010
8:11 am

Worst-thing-that-could-happen legislation. ill timed. ill conceived.

Like the Terri Shiavo fiasco. Like the time they criminalized beer. Like the time they voted to fund MAMWADD: Mothers against mothers who aren’t against drunk drivers.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:13 am

“In the last 16 years Repugs…”

Um…there’s been Clinton, Bush, Obama since then and a Democrat controlled Congress AND house the past 4 years. So how is this all the GOP’s fault?

Vetobama

November 4th, 2010
8:14 am

Ublame Obama for the Unjobs? Ucant. The market is subject to universal quantum laws that include sunspots and the length of women’s skirts, and Eli Manning.

Lets just enjoy gridlock and congratulate the Repudlickans for their (ahem) SWEEPING victory, with or without Christine O’donnell.

Lets just enjoy being Americans.

hey, great news: we’re Americans.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 4th, 2010
8:14 am

A fairer statement would be that the president embraced the House democrat agenda that destroyed the country, that the president personally lacked sufficient economics knowledge to oppose the agenda of the Pelosicrats.

One need not hold a PhD in economics to appreciate that increasing regulation on the banking industry lending will choke off lending.

One ought not deceive ones-self into thinking that a threat of large increases in energy costs, attributable entirely to political fiat, will have no effect on business costs.

Seemingly even the weakest mind would understand that unfunded mandates to increase health care coverages will affect costs.

Increasing either government spending or federal taxation always reduces the amount of money left over for consumers to spend.

While most democrats think bills do not have to be paid, and that there is nothing wrong with spurning creditors, business-minded people – almost uniformly conservative and republican and increasingly tea-partiers – know otherwise. When governments increases costs, those costs have to be paid. For most businesses, the largest variable (i.e., “controllable”) cost is labor. So when you face larger costs, the easiest cure is to trim the workforce. Our titans of industry have rationally responded to the incentives provided by the Pelosicrats.

stands for decibels

November 4th, 2010
8:14 am

I think we should’ve been clued in to how this supposedly civilized legislative body would behave just a short time into Obama’s term. Senator Jim DeMint’s July 2009 remarks about how he relished the opportunity to “break” Obama—as if the President were some unruly bit of livestock—certainly helped set the tone.

McConnell’s latest AM talk radio-style ranting is just more of the same.

mystified

November 4th, 2010
8:15 am

Peadawg….Haven’t you got the memo yet….Everything is the GOP’s fault.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:15 am

“Add that to the fact that Obama’s vision of what America should be is so absolutely opposite to what conservatives believe in”

And the majority of the Americans according to what happened Tuesday night…Obama’s just hard-headed and arrogant.

Vetobama

November 4th, 2010
8:16 am

Congratulations to the GOP. I’m sure this will infuriate the president and shorten his sheets, (bad choice of words), uh it will put starch in his underwear, (no, that’s inappropriate too), confound it, I can’t offer up any props to the Repudlickans without sounding like an ignoramant.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 4th, 2010
8:17 am

Good news that almost nobody noticed, the stock market yesterday rose to its highest level since the inevitability of election of Obama was manifest. “The Dow rose 26.41 points, or 0.2 percent, to 11,215.13 at 4 p.m. in New York, the highest since September 2008. “

mystified

November 4th, 2010
8:18 am

Do you ever wonder that maybe the Dems treatment of Bush; the non-stop bashing from every corner set the stage for how the the next Democrat president would be treated?

If you didn’t want a street fight; you never should have taken the gloves off.

BlahBlahBlah

November 4th, 2010
8:18 am

The only thing that should be #1 should be to support and enact plans to help the nation recover. It is garbage like this that will ensure the Republicans don’t gain any more ground in 2012, and certainly won’t win the White House.

Vetobama

November 4th, 2010
8:19 am

Christine O’donnell really interests me. She is an excellent debater and speaker. She ain’t going away. If she gets a writer, look out.

Who could write for her? Gee, I don’t know. Nobody comes to mind. Can’t think of anyone. Maybe……

MOI?

BlahBlahBlah

November 4th, 2010
8:20 am

Mystified, you could substitute “Dems” with “Repubs” and “Bush” with “Clinton” and that argument would be no different. Think back to some of the hateful rhetoric we heard from 1993-2001, and get back to us about “non-stop bashing from every corner”

carlosgvv

November 4th, 2010
8:20 am

Mitch McConnell is simply following the orders of his corporate masters. They want less government so they can squeeze more work out of their employees without having to worry about all those pesky laws protecting workers. Nothing new in this. What is interesting is how the Tea Party and mainstream Republicans will get along in the House. I look for a Republican civil war and in two years Obama will once again look like a savior to most Americans.

jt

November 4th, 2010
8:21 am

Obama deserves some mo shellacking.

Rand and Mitch SHOULD tag-team his azzzzzzzzz. All the way till 2012 and then back to Chicago or where ever he is from.

Vetobama

November 4th, 2010
8:22 am

Stock market may sell on the “dawning news” when uncle sam realizes he’s woken up with a dead hooker.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:22 am

“The only thing that should be #1 should be to support and enact plans to help the nation recover.”

And blocking Obama’s liberal policies will do that.

Normal

November 4th, 2010
8:23 am

“Everything is the GOP’s fault.”

Not yet, but give them two years…

JohnnyReb

November 4th, 2010
8:24 am

Jay, McConnell’s words are troublesome to you, but sweet to Conservatives. We want Obama stopped and his damage undone – Obamacare, ownership of General Motors, sweetheart deals to Unions, over the top financial reform, etc. When I post comments along those line many here believe I am extreme, a rightwingnut, not representative of Conservatives. They are in denial just like Obama demonstrated his denial yesterday. Hello Obama, wake up. It’s your policies stupid. Your excuses are offensive.

DWTOO

November 4th, 2010
8:24 am

Jay – Sometimes I wonder why you do this. Supposedly blogs are for intelligent discussion and that’s sorely lacking here. Just a bunch of Fox News/Limbaugh/Hannity/RNC talking points. Suggest readers look into PoliticFact or FactCheck.

1) Obama’s poll numbers still haven’t passed Bush or Truman.

2) Although the Health Care bill remains unpopular there are many provisions that are popular – such as the insurance reforms regarding keeping children on their parent’s policy to age 26, lifetime limits.

What exactly is wrong with the health care bill? And it’s socialism is not an answer and neither is it’s a government takeover – it isn’t. And we already have socialized medicine in this country – the VA and Medicare. Leave the talk radio BS behind and let’s hear some specifics.

mystified

November 4th, 2010
8:24 am

As I recall, the republicans and Bush ended up working quite nicely together. There was the little thing of a 50 year old man taking advantage of an intern and then committing perjury about it. That was a bit of a disappointment from a man in that office and it got ugly.

Vetobama

November 4th, 2010
8:24 am

The congress should be split. A democratic senate and a Saudi House sounds about right to me.

Some things go together like a horse and carriage, like a gulf and a derrick, like a marsh and 30 weight.

like a gallon of gas and a five dollar bill.

WHAT????????

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:26 am

“Not yet, but give them two years…”

If they are trying to pass stuff to help and Obama keeps vetoing everything…how would that be the GOP’s fault?

JDW

November 4th, 2010
8:26 am

@Peadawg the Republicans have controlled the house for 14 of the last 16 years…but if you want just explain the six years they controlled the White House, House and Senate….

rom 2000 to 2006 GDP grew at an average of 2.48% more than 35% under it’s average since 1947.
In January 2000 there was a balanced budget and at the end of FY 2001, Clinton’s last the national debt was $5.8 Trillion or 25% of GDP. At the end of FY 2007, the last budget approved by the Republican triumvirate, the deficit was about $500 Billion and the debt had risen to $8,950 Trillion or 36% of GDP.

Net job creation was almost zero with about 133 million jobs existing when Clinton left office and about the same number existing at the end of 2006…BTW the only time this happened in American history.

I don’t understand….we cut taxes? What will be different this time? Reagan, Bush and Bush all promised tax cuts, reduced spending and growth but if you look at the numbers IT DID NOT HAPPEN…except for the tax cuts.

mikefrga

November 4th, 2010
8:28 am

SSDD in DC.

We won fork the Dems.

But we won the Senate fork the Repubs.

WE THE PEOPLE ARE FORKED.

Roekest

November 4th, 2010
8:28 am

My God! What a leftist, misleading headline. So Bookman takes McConnell’s words out of context and tries to get people to believe McConnell actually said “Public Enemy Number 1″, yet where was Bookman’s post about Obama actually calling the opposition enemies when he was on Univision? You know what, Jay: You’re a sorry sack of ____. And you’re no better than Glen Beck.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:28 am

“What exactly is wrong with the health care bill?”

The fact that is doesn’t make insurance more affordable. Insurance companies can’t deny coverage for pre-existing conditions on kids under 19 anymore(which sounds really great) but they are raising premiums across the board to pay for all these people.

Paul

November 4th, 2010
8:29 am

Peadawg

The line you cited – ““Add that to the fact that Obama’s vision of what America should be is so absolutely opposite to what conservatives believe in”” – I’ve wondered about that.

Pres Obama said people should be responsible for their own health insurance and not expect others to pay for their health care. Conservatives take the position that people should not have to be responsible for their own health care – that if they get ill other people should pay for their care.

Never have figured out that one -

Vetobama

November 4th, 2010
8:30 am

The House of No.

A house divided against itself cannot stand. If I can’t serve two master then I will serve none.

Civil Disobedience. Nonviolent revolution.

Wear diapers and stop eating. Ghandify America.

Sundawg

November 4th, 2010
8:31 am

I have no problem with what McConnell is saying.

Paul

November 4th, 2010
8:31 am

Ragnar

“A fairer statement would be that the president embraced the House democrat agenda that destroyed the country”

I had no idea our country was destroyed…..

Ah well, maybe like Germany or Japan after WWII, we can rise from the ashes…. or maybe we’re destroyed like the Assyrian Empire, never to be seen again -

Doggone/GA

November 4th, 2010
8:32 am

“If they are trying to pass stuff to help and Obama keeps vetoing everything…how would that be the GOP’s fault?”

If it would truly help…and he does that…it wouldn’t be the GOP’s fault. But to get something like that actually to his desk to be signed WILL require the cooperation of the Democrats in the Senate. If that support is overwhelming (meaning the bill IS that good) I can’t see Obama vetoing it. He’s got too much sense.

USMC DAWG

November 4th, 2010
8:32 am

Sounds a little weak, Jay.

I didn’t pick you to be a sore loser and start nitpicking something out like this and try to make it an issue of it.

How about the “enemy” and “back seat” comments from Obama that Republicans took notice of but laughed off?

It’s politics for Pete’s sake.

I think you are better than this. just saying

Brad

November 4th, 2010
8:32 am

That’s a bit too nuanced for the right, Jay.

midtownguy

November 4th, 2010
8:32 am

There are several core Democratic groups not all too thrilled with the President right now. In midtown, he is only slightly more popular than Glenn Beck. He moves too far to the right, and the coalition that elected him falls apart. Going to be a tough two years for him.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:33 am

JDW, the problem with the early 2000’s was 2 wars that weren’t funded….that a dumb move by everyone involved.

“In January 2000 there was a balanced budget and at the end of FY 2001, Clinton’s last the national debt was $5.8 Trillion or 25% of GDP. At the end of FY 2007, the last budget approved by the Republican triumvirate, the deficit was about $500 Billion and the debt had risen to $8,950 Trillion or 36% of GDP.” – and since 2006 when Democrats took over the house/senate and then the Presidency, it’s now 14 trillion. So what’s your point?

Jpal1

November 4th, 2010
8:33 am

McConnell’s comments prove one thing…….He can care less about the working people. It seems all he cares about is his pockets being lined by his insurance company buddy’s. This country is hurting do to the last eight years of Bush and his pirates, which McConnell was a part of. His comments to about getting the President of the United States out of office is border line treason! Well McConnell you have your house back, so how about working for the people and not your corporate owned party. Better yet just resign and do us all a favor.

JDW

November 4th, 2010
8:33 am

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 4th, 2010
8:17 am
“Good news that almost nobody noticed, the stock market yesterday rose to its highest level since the inevitability of election of Obama was manifest. “The Dow rose 26.41 points, or 0.2 percent, to 11,215.13 at 4 p.m. in New York, the highest since September 2008.“

WOW that must mean Obama is doing a great job…the DOW is up from 8943 when he took office that is a whopping 25%.

Of course the guy before him did a wonderful job too…on Jan 20 2000 the DOW stood at 10,602….opps my bad that means it was down almost 16%. Guess that guy wasn’t any good after all.

Doggone/GA

November 4th, 2010
8:34 am

“The fact that is doesn’t make insurance more affordable.”

And how is NOT having the healthcare bill going to make it more affordable for those who can’t afford it NOW?

JDW

November 4th, 2010
8:34 am

OPPS on Jan 20 2001 DOW was at 10,602

Paul

November 4th, 2010
8:34 am

Ragnar

“Good news that almost nobody noticed, the stock market yesterday rose to its highest level since the inevitability of election of Obama was manifest.”

Was that not the result of the Fed’s announcement they were buying $600 billion of gov’t bonds?

Normal

November 4th, 2010
8:34 am

carlosgvv

November 4th, 2010
8:20 am

Correct! The Republicans never have been the least interested in the common man except for his vote. Once they are in power, they drop the common man like a dirty diaper and do the bidding of the corporations.

For the common man? let’s see…don’t want to fund public education, want to privatize just about everything that can make a profit for their bosses. No public education will certainly get our jobs back, because we will be too stupid to see that we will be paid less than Chinese worker, or Indian workers. The good news there is that maybe they will import their jobs here. Golly! a Republican promise kept. They brought back jobs. Jobs will also open up as the lower income folks will no longer be able to afford health care. It’s a sure win-win, it looks like.

I just hope that one day the GOP voters will finally see that if they are not making 250,00+/year, they are being used, and used hard.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:37 am

“Pres Obama said people should be responsible for their own health insurance and not expect others to pay for their health care. Conservatives take the position that people should not have to be responsible for their own health care – that if they get ill other people should pay for their care.”

Not being a smartars…Is that a typo? That sounds backwards.

JDW

November 4th, 2010
8:37 am

@Peadawg…”"So what’s your point?”

The point is that if you look at the historical numbers the Republicans have sold us a bill of goods since Reagan. Unless they do something different, which certainly does not seem to be the case, things are about to get a whole lot worse.

Maybe instead of spouting party lines you should do some research….

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/

Normal

November 4th, 2010
8:38 am

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:26 am
“Not yet, but give them two years…”

If they are trying to pass stuff to help and Obama keeps vetoing everything…how would that be the GOP’s fault?

Sprout Puppy,
Make sure you pay attention to the riders attached to those “helpful bills” when they come and then we will talk, just saying…

Concerned Parent

November 4th, 2010
8:39 am

Fox News is public enemy No1 for spreading lies and distortions. I can barely contain my outrage when I listen to their propaganda. If you have a student loan, Obama’s bill now gives your a lower interest rate and holds off that interest until you graduate, unlike the private sector loans that charge high rates and start those rate accumulations the day you take out that loan like the outrageous Sallie Mae loans my nephew has. If you have a preexisting condition like my daughter who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, the insurance company can’t drop her coverage. Health care needs more reform, but it is better than the nothing offered by republicans. If you work at GM like my cousin, you still have a job. If you have a credit card, the companies can’t charge 30-90% like some have done and your rate can’t be suddenly increased for no reason. If you have Medicare drug coverage, that ridiculous republican invented gap in coverage is being closed. So what are the republicans going to do for you? Protect tax cut for the very rich while increasing the deficit. Take away health care from cancer patients. Let the finance companies saddle students with high debt and higher interest rates. Let the credit card companies raise rates and charge any interest rate they want and change the terms of your credit cards any time the choose. Middle class America lost on Tues due to corporate spending to put their people in power.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 4th, 2010
8:40 am

Have they started impeaching this Obama for being a foreigner yet? Time’s wasting, and I’m sick of telling people I’m from France so I won’t have to admit I’m in a country with one of Those People as President. O the shame!

It’s just too bad the Senate stays Commie. Now they won’t pass anything our Republican House sends their way, and even if they do Obama will slap the veto on it.

And I’m wondering how long it will be till Casey Cagle is guvner here. You know good and well Obama’s people are up there just itching to indict and convict old Nathan. I just take some comfort in knowing that if that happens, Nathan won’t need to worry none about having a roof over his head or clothes to wear. Or being in fashion, for that matter. You can’t be out of fashion if everybody wears a orange jumpsuit.

Have a good day everybody.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:40 am

“And how is NOT having the healthcare bill going to make it more affordable for those who can’t afford it NOW?”

Again, how is forcing every American to buy insurance or pay a fine making it more affordable for ANYBODY? By the time 2014 rolls around, the fine will be probably be cheaper then paying for insurance.

stands for decibels

November 4th, 2010
8:41 am

Do you ever wonder that maybe the Dems treatment of Bush; the non-stop bashing from every corner

this again?

Non-stop? please. GW Bush had a two-plus year free ride. The harsh rhetoric, such as it was, from the political opposition really only materialized after the Iraq invasion had turned out much, much more troublesome than advertised.

joe suggs

November 4th, 2010
8:41 am

Obama is the # 1 threat to our National Secucity !! He is a socialist out to destroy our country.

larry

November 4th, 2010
8:42 am

Concerned Parent

November 4th, 2010
8:39 am

I agree.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:42 am

“Maybe instead of spouting party lines”

Cut spending and make it easier for businesses to grow and for people to go out and spend money…..damn that sounds so awful!!!!!

One Nation Under educated

November 4th, 2010
8:44 am

Well, keep dreamin Lurch. A great portion of America thinks he didn’t go far enough. And we are real Americans too, like it or not. True slightly more independents bought the sham-wow, the be-a-millionaire-with-no-money scam the Republics were selling using unlimited funds. But be sure, ohhh yeah there will be buyers remorse come 2012. And no matter how loud you screech, NOTHING will make the majority forget Little Nero with a Cowboy Hat. We may never crawl out of the hole that supply side jesus dimwits dug us. We remember that. Thats your biggest problem, Republics. We remember.

Marie

November 4th, 2010
8:44 am

Jay I do believe Bill and Hillary most likely agree with McConnell. There are some Democrats who are smelling blood in the water just like the Republican opposition. And there is already talk of Obama becoming the next Lyndon B. Johnson in which 1 or 2 strong candidates may emerge to challenge him for the nomination and if he loses the Iowa caucus like Johnson did he may fold his tent.

And the most outlandish comments for this week came from the witch of San Francisco — Nancy Pelosi who in all of her arrogance said “I have no regrets.” What a witch? Your party gets wiped out and good men like Jim Marshall (although I do not agree with him politically the guy appears to be just a stand-up, decent guy) get caught in the cross fire. Her bullying and arm twisting also caused several 1st termers to lose their jobs and these men and women sacrificed time with their family and other careers to serve in DC. And this WITCH states she has no regrets — boy I would love to be a fly in the room when she meets with them in a few days.

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JDW

November 4th, 2010
8:44 am

@Peadawg

“JDW, the problem with the early 2000’s was 2 wars that weren’t funded….that a dumb move by everyone involved.”

As was…

Unfunded Medicare Part D…$400 BILLION plus a year and rising.

Repeal of Pay As You Go…abdication of fiscal responsibility hello unlimited earmarks etc…

Tax cuts equaling about $1.7 TRILLION dollars http://www.taxfoundation.org/news/show/26314.html

Not to mention the whole economic meltdown thing

Seems to me the wars were the least fiscally irresponsible thing that happened during those years.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:44 am

“If you have Medicare drug coverage” – it’ll be cut to pay for Obamacare.

Swinefloo

November 4th, 2010
8:46 am

When did Obama ever act “with an obligation to govern that ought to transcend partisan goals.”?

JDW

November 4th, 2010
8:46 am

@Peadawg

“Cut spending and make it easier for businesses to grow and for people to go out and spend money…..damn that sounds so awful!!!!!”

Name one time in the last 30 years a Republican Adminstration has done that….

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:47 am

“Repeal of Pay As You Go…abdication of fiscal responsibility hello unlimited earmarks etc…”

Ya and what happened to Obama’s campaign promise that he would not sign a bill that added to the deficit and no more earmarks? How’s that worked out the past 2 years?

One Nation Under educated

November 4th, 2010
8:48 am

I wanna see that orange guy’s birf certifficutt. He might be from Mars…er something….mumble…mumble…socialist….uppity….grrrr

Donna P.

November 4th, 2010
8:48 am

Public Enemy No. 1 is either George Soros, Joy Behar, or Cass Sunstein. It’s a toss up.

williebkind

November 4th, 2010
8:48 am

Life is getting better since the election. I think I will take a few days off. Maybe take a trip! Of course, my checkbook does not have 200 million bucks in it so I can not go far far away. Now here is the leader of the global warming group, green group, and unhappy meal. Should he not take advantage of video conferencing and stop polluting the world with all this jet set traveling?

RGB

November 4th, 2010
8:48 am

We, the fiscally conservative, pro-democracy, free enterprise-supporting citizenry are the enemy.

Obama said it just recently on Univision.

So, it’s not Ahmadinejad who is our enemy (or a host of other threatening dictators), it is us.

To say it in Obama’s terms: “We are the enemy we’ve been waiting for.”

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:48 am

“Name one time in the last 30 years a Republican Adminstration has done that….”

And let’s hope they, along with Obama, get the message sent Tuesday night.

Doggone/GA

November 4th, 2010
8:50 am

“Again, how is forcing every American to buy insurance or pay a fine making it more affordable for ANYBODY?”

You really can’t see it, can you? More people in the insurance pool means a lower overall cost. THAT’s why big businesses have been negtiating group plans for lo! these many years. And having healthcare AVAILABLE for all means that those of us who pay for insurance now (either directly or via company group insurance) will no longer be subject to inflated insurance and healthcare costs to help cover the uninsured.

I said it before the bill passed and I still say it: healthcare costs and insurance costs ARE going to go up, regardless. So, since I’m going to have to pay more ANYWAY, I’d rather be helping to pay for EVERYONE to have access to healthcare.

Either way, it’s going to cost more – but if it covers more, it’s more worth it.

Paul

November 4th, 2010
8:51 am

Peadawg 8:37

I know it sounds backward – but when you read it, that’s what it says.

Pres Obama said repeatedly that one reason for the mandate for people to buy insurance was to make them responsible for their own health care costs and to stop expecting others to pick up their tab. ‘course, as has been discussed here, it’s the only real way to make it possible for insurance companies to stop denying coverage with preexisting conditions. You make the pool larger and spread the costs.

So people who are opposed to the requirement to have people buy their own insurance are really saying “my gosh, that’s an infringement on liberty. We can’t force people to be responsible for themselves. If they get sick, and don’t have insurance, the rest of us will have to cover their expenses for them, such as by covering their emergency room costs.”

I know it sounds backwards, but that’s the way it lays out.

JDW

November 4th, 2010
8:52 am

@Peadawg

“Ya and what happened to Obama’s campaign promise that he would not sign a bill that added to the deficit and no more earmarks? How’s that worked out the past 2 years?”

News Flash the deficit in FY 2010, the only Obama fiscal year so far, DECLINED from about $1.4 Trillion to $1.2 Trillion…pesky facts. As for earmarks he has not done it yet and I wish he would. He did however reinstitute Pay As You Go.

stands for decibels

November 4th, 2010
8:53 am

Concerned parent @ 8.39, add to the list of good things that’ve come to pass during Obama’s presidency, let’s not forget:

If you’re an employee and learn that you were discriminated against for years, due to gender bias, the company doesn’t get an extra-special statute of limitations holding them harmless for the discrimination after a mere six months.

Kay Doyle

November 4th, 2010
8:53 am

The Republicans all along have wanted Obama to fail. They couldn’t take the defeat when he and the Democrats took over governance. It’s llike a competative kids game.
Please, let’s get serious…the planet and it’s inhabitants future is in the wing.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:53 am

“So people who are opposed to the requirement to have people buy their own insurance are really saying “my gosh, that’s an infringement on liberty. We can’t force people to be responsible for themselves.”

Paul, forcing and encouraging are two different things.

Bosch

November 4th, 2010
8:54 am

“Bill Clinton never simply told the Republicans “I won” as a reason he should get his way”

Yeah, that was Dick Cheney wasn’t it?

Doggone/GA

November 4th, 2010
8:54 am

“Yeah, that was Dick Cheney wasn’t it?”

Yep

JDW

November 4th, 2010
8:55 am

@Peadawg

“And let’s hope they, along with Obama, get the message sent Tuesday night.”

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results…

like electing Republicans and actually expecting them to exhibit fiscal responsibility and pro growth policies. You got 30 years of history yet you keep doing the same thing……

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 4th, 2010
8:56 am

Dear JDW @ 8:33, actually the Dow is forward-looking. The collapse beginning in September 2008 was anticipation of a hard-leftist regime, and you have to admit that it was an accurate forecast. (I realize the long decline actually began about one year into the democrat control of Congress, but the true collapse materialized only when the ascent of the Chosen One was manifest.) I think the Dow now sees a flicker of hope for the economy. Had the tea partiers taken the senate too, the Dow would have risen 2000.

Dear Paul @ 8:34, my guess is that the rise yesterday was despite the looming Bernanke-inflation, not due to it.

Peadawg

November 4th, 2010
8:56 am

“News Flash the deficit in FY 2010, the only Obama fiscal year so far, DECLINED from about $1.4 Trillion to $1.2 Trillion…pesky facts.”

And what does that have to do with the two campaign promises I mentioned? Or am I getting deficit and debt confused again?

Barbarosa

November 4th, 2010
8:56 am

This is just overspill from the Bush years. As an independent, I watch both sides with such disdain and disgust at their petty childlike behavior. This politician is just putting a voice to his constituents. It’s what they want to hear. The right doesn’t seem to respect the Office of the Presidency just like the left did not when Bush was in office. Everything Bush did was a gross mistake, from walking to talking. Now, it’s Obamas turn. Many people now believe that the President is in charge of everything that happens in this country (from the economy to natural disasters to state’s rights). He’s the master of all with a magic wand that he waves. Check out stories on this recent election. People voted against the current regime because of the economy and jobs. I don’t think that the dems caused these problems, but thats what people are led to believe. No personal responsibility or an actual desire to know how government works. Just name calling and finger pointing. I predicted that Obama would not succeed when he was elected because America now envisions the role of the president as one that is way beyond his actual powers. He cannot live up to these grandiose ideals, just as Bush could not possibly be everything negative that people imagined him to be. Until the overly informed and under-educated base can return to reality, this is the tone that we are going to hear from now on.

Bosch

November 4th, 2010
8:57 am

Peadawg,

You can’t have it both ways. If you like the parts of the HC bill where people don’t get dropped or denied coverage, then it has to be paid for — and as it stands right now, the people paying for it are those who have health insurance. From your posts, it seems to me that you are one that demands personal responsibility — well, getting people to pay for their own insurance — that’s it. That’s how that is accomplished.

You see now?

FinnMcCool

November 4th, 2010
8:58 am

Cut spending and make it easier for….people to go out and spend money…..damn that sounds so awful!!!!!

So you liked the hidden tax cut we received this year? I’m better off right now than I’ve ever been in my life.

Gordon

November 4th, 2010
8:58 am

Whether you agree with his policies or not, what did McConnell say that wasn’t true? If you think the current health care bill is wrong (even if you are for health care reform), do you think it can be replaced with Obama in the White House?

Paul

November 4th, 2010
8:58 am

Peadawg

Yes, forcing and encouraging are two different things. But the essential point in all this is, people opposed to the idea that people getting forced to pay for their own health care are saying “we’d rather encourage people to buy their own insurance. You know, give them a pep talk. Encourage a sense of responsibility. Can’t force them. So when they get sick and decide to skip out on paying their bills, I know that me and all the other responsible people will have to chip in to pay their bills.”

That just seems an amazing attitude to me, coming from the Right. Kinda nice they’re so willing to pay the way for a bunch of deadbeats, but it’s still amazing.

Comment Sense

November 4th, 2010
8:59 am

First commenter, you are wrong about the poll numbers. Both Reagan and Clinton had lower poll numbers at this point in their presidency. That is a fact. But, what is opinion, is what he should do over the next two years of his term to rise up where Reagan and Clinton did just in time for their reelection. Both Reagan and Clinton compromised and both got results.

Big D

November 4th, 2010
8:59 am

To hell with the election, just WTF is this crazy man doing spending $200,000,000 per day going to INDIA. Thirty planes ,3000 people, weapons, generators, armored cars…what’s up here. We need to revolt NOW and tell this complete nincompoop to stay his jet setting butt right here and explain this crap.
Whats up with you JAY or are you just an idiot…this is the kind of thing nightmares are made of…

Bosch

November 4th, 2010
8:59 am

As I wrote yesterday — when the GOPers start messing with the HC Bill and taking out the part about all the people having to have insurance, the insurance companies are going to revolt.

You can’t have the cake without paying for it — I guess that’s something the GOPers and those of the Earl Grey persuasion haven’t really gotten yet.

FinnMcCool

November 4th, 2010
9:00 am

Bosch, peadawg wants his cake and be able to eat it to. He wants things but isn’t willing to pay for it.

He is part of the “what’s in it for me” crowd, not the “what’s best for the country” crowd.

Randy

November 4th, 2010
9:00 am

“For example, given the choice of supporting something that was good for the country”

Health care good for the country? There is YOUR problem Jay you are out of touch with the voters and with reality. Same bed as Obama

Bosch

November 4th, 2010
9:01 am

If you don’t like paying for deadbeats, then I’m not real sure why you are so hell bent opposed to the idea of people being responsible for their own health.

Of course, there is the single payer option, but oh no, that is like having tea with the devil.

Gordon

November 4th, 2010
9:02 am

Is this $200,000,000 a day trip to India an urban (or suburban) myth? I honestly don’t know, but I find it difficult to believe. What is the source of this information? If it is true, it is outrageous, but I can’t believe Obama could be that tone deaf.

Sid Farcas

November 4th, 2010
9:02 am

Obama is not the enemy, his policies are. The republicans got voted in to turn around the entightlement tidal wave along with the tax payers open checkbook policy. And if they don’t succeed, then they will not be around long either. Acountibility, it is a bi*ch.

Paul

November 4th, 2010
9:03 am

Big D

I think that’s another ‘fun with numbers’ quote.

See, I’ll bet a lot of that cost is comprised of the salaries of all the people involved. Or the flying hour costs for the military aircraft. That sort of stuff.

But if Pres Obama didn’t go to India, guess what? We’d still be paying the salaries of all those government employees to do something else. And the Air Force would still fly the same number of hours, ’cause Congress has already given them the money to fly a certain number of hours.

Doggone/GA

November 4th, 2010
9:03 am

“do you think it can be replaced with Obama in the White House?”

Yes…if it’s replaced with something even better.