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McConnell: Ousting Obama Is GOP’s Top Goal

Posted on Oct 25, 2010
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President Obama came into office with high hopes of reaching across the aisle to work with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The only problem with that plan is that certain high-ranking GOP operatives such as Mitch McConnell aren’t interested in joining in the spirit of bipartisan cooperation; in fact, according to McConnell, they’d prefer to make sure that Obama’s first term is also his last.  —KA

Think Progress via Gawker:

Believing that the Republican strategy of opposition has played to his political benefit, McConnell is pledging to do more of the same if Republicans win back the Senate. In an interview with the National Journal’s Major Garrett, McConnell candidly acknowledged that he feels his “single most important” job is to defeat President Obama in 2012:

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.”

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By Inherit The Wind, October 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment

Rico,

It is my firm belief that George W. Bush was the worst President this nation ever had.  I find it hard to find ANYTHING he did I approve of…OK, he shut down the racists on “illegal immigration” and he protected the Mariana Trench.

But otherwise I am utterly convinced that extreme damage was done to the nation by the re-election of George W. Bush.  I can lay out fact after fact why I believe this.

Now if you, or Mitch McConnell is as utterly convinced that Barack Obama is as bad for the nation as George W. Bush (Ok, NEARLY as bad…:)..) then he’s, at least from his POV, totally justified in it.

However, if I actually believed the Mitch McConnell was interested in protecting our nation and not a few corporations and a few special interests, totally at the expense of peons like you and me, I could respect him for it.

But notice the McConnell used his party to block legislation EVEN WHEN IT CONFORMED TO REPUBLICAN STANDARDS solely to keep the Democrats from getting it passed.  He’s blocked approval of Federal judges solely to make it more difficult for the President.  He’s willing to shut down the government for that end, even though at least one Republican Senator has said we can’t do that—it will hurt the troops!  So…if for political ends someone is willing to hurt the men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq solely to embarrass the President, yeah, I think that’s pretty lousy.

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By rico, suave, October 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

ITW:

Wasn’t it the Democrats’ top priority in 2008 to get rid of George Bush’s legacy? To say that the “good of the country” was secondary is a cheap shot.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment

It’s so comforting to know that what I suspected is true: Mitch McConnell’s top priority is get rid of Obama and Democratic control.  It is not doing what it best for the USA.  In fact, if getting rid of Obama requires him and his pals to seriously damage the nation, then dad, GUM! that’s what they’re gonna do!

“We had to destroy the village in order to save it.”

There was a comic character in the Middle Ages who was portrayed strangling his goslings to keep them from drowning….

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By rico, suave, October 25, 2010 at 10:42 pm Link to this comment

Queenie:

Mighty powerful thinking going on there.

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By Queenie, October 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment

Wow! Mr Smirking Lilywhite with that phallic symbol in the background.
This guy gets his wish and this country had better relax and enjoy the rape it is about to endure.

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By rollzone, October 25, 2010 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment

hello. this example of worthless partisan, comradely,
‘hook my horse to the run him out of town wagon train’,
exemplifies how pathetic and weak-minded our
representatives are. we want solutions. we want jobs.
we want the deficit reduced. we want an end to
spending. we want out of the Middle East. we want
accountability. we want a reasonable tax system.
instead we have childish bickering and no
representation. partisan charades instead of solutions.
this is politics of inaction, defrauding the public,
and by the next election we may need a third party.

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By rico, suave, October 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment

Now THAT is a shocking headline. Imagine that- Republicans actually trying to defeat a Democratic President, and having the chutzpah to admit it!

We all know Democrats are the party of bipartisanship and harmony. In fact, they didn’t even bother to run a candidate against Bush in 2004. There was no talk of impeachment, or other trash talk. Oh, wait…

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By RAE, October 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment

To do all you can to thwart your own government is about as stupid as stupid gets - right up there with throwing the baby out with the bathwater, etc..

Obama & Co are not living up to their pre-election billing. Granted. But then, Obama & Co SAID they could not live up to the expectations that others had of them. The American people were TOLD - BY HIM & BEFORE THEY ELECTED HIM - that Obama was not the second coming of the Messiah and that the years ahead were going to require EVERYONE to pull together if a successful repair was to be made to the nation. Boy did that fall on deaf ears!

So what does half the population do? Yep… part way through his first term they decide he hasn’t lived up to THEIR expectations. They determine to bring him down using any ethical or unethical tactics they can devise. To hell with the damage being done to the country and its reputation.

And it this half of the country - the fools (remember that half are “below average”) - who actually think that some shrew of a con artist named Palin could actually lead them, Pied Piper fashion, from the chaos that infects their nation today.

And you know, they just might get their wish. Obama might lose “control” (if ever such a thing has ever really occurred) of the House and Senate, accomplish little more than he has already, and get turfed in two years time because of inability to be effective.

THEN the American people will get exactly what they deserve. If you think GWB’s administration was a disaster, just wait until the Palin group gets hold of the reins.

There’s more… but that’s all you get for two cents.

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