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The minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), occasionally slips up and speaks the truth.....
"[W]e 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.' [...]
The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.... Our single biggest political goal is to give our nominee for president the maximum opportunity to be successful."
"single..most..important..thing.." to the number one Repulican in the U.S. Senate is defeating President Obama's re-election bid in 2012. In this, McConnell is not telling us anything new about the political party he represents.
From the moment Ronald Reagan stated that "government is the problem and not the solution"...Republicans have sought elected office to keep government from operating efficiently or successfully.
And so today, as we near the midterm election, Republicans are not shy about what comes next if they should retake either chamber of Congress.
"Our single biggest political goal is to give our nominee for president the maximum opportunity to be successful."
Notice that McConnell didn't mention solving the unemployment crisis....or solving the housing foreclosure crisis....or solving our foreign energy dependency problem....as the GOP's "single most important thing we want to achieve..."
I can guarantee you that the most important thing to Americans is not to limit Barack Obama to one term as president. Americans need jobs, Americans need health care, Americans need to hold on to their houses, Americans need to be able to educate their children. But none of those "most important things" are "most important" for elected Republicans.
The single most important thing for Republicans to "achieve" over the next two years, should they retake the House or the Senate, or both.....is to prevent Barack Obama from being re-elected in 2012.
How do you think that will play out? How does a political party which has set a new filibuster record in this Congress, obstructing EVERY Democratic proposal, go about creating "maximum opportunity" for their 2012 presidential candidate "to be successful?"
First.....investigate everything that moves. To make the path for their 2012 candidate smooth, and through the abuse of their new subpoena power, Republicans will open endless investigations into President Obama.........and corrupt corporate media will drool night after night over each and every accusation or "breaking news" from those investigations.
There won't be any there...there.....but that's neither here.....nor there. As the local Tea Party director said recently, "unfortunately, perception is reality".....and it's the perception created by endlessly investigating Barack Obama that Republicans will be after. The more investigations GOP'ers open up against Obama, the broader the perception that Obama has done something wrong.......the better the chance for GOP'ers to "give..their...(2012) nominee the maximum opportunity to be successful."
Given the rotted and putrifying state of our corporate media system, given the past 22 months of non-stop Tea Party and Sister Sarah nonsense......how do you think those GOP investigations will be presented each night on the teevee?
Second.....a GOP controlled Congress, one that consists of a handful of extreme Tea Party members, may not even be able to approve a national budget. I think there will be a 50-50 chance that new Tea Party hardheads may insist on shutting down the federal government if their insane spending cuts are not adopted.
Republicans have already stated that they have to be "smarter" than they were when Newton and his Figs-For-Brains Gang in the 90's temporarily shut down the federal government. Republicans don't really do "smarter" well....they're not really capable of "smarter".......so, just as a dog goes back to his own vomit.....Republicans will undoubtedly go back to defunding the federal government, or at least big parts of it, to make Obama look weak and ineffective.
Because, let's not forget......"the single most important thing we want to achieve", says Republican Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, "is for President Obama to be a one term president."
Nothing is more important to elected Republicans.....nothing....not national defense, not immigration reform, not record unemployment numbers.....nothing is more important than kicking Barack Obama and his family out of the White House in 2012.
And to what end?.......To continue on the path of George and his Dick.....deregulating even more corporations, cutting more taxes on America's top 5%, starting a war with Iran, and eviscerating the legacy programs of Franklin Roosevelt.
Knowing all this ahead of time....knowing what McConnell's plan is....how can anyone in good conscience vote for Republicans next week?