No man in modern history has done more in recent years to undermine the functioning of U.S. government than Senate leader Mitch McConnell. This Republican is notoriously known as the man who broke America. If it’s not the GOP tax bill that only benefits the wealthy and rich, than it’s his ridiculous notion of destroying every single one of President Obama’s accomplishments.
McConnell famously declared in 2010: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
McConnell made such remarks in an interview that appeared in the National Journal on Oct. 23, 2010 — nearly two years after Obama was elected president. The interview took place right before the midterm elections.
Here’s a recap:
Of course, Obama had to step in and give McConnell a much-needed reality check.
When asked about the incident, Obama told NY magazine the following:
“By that point it was pretty apparent by his actions that it was already [McConnell’s] No. 1 goal. He validated what I think most of this town knew. When I came into office, my working assumption was that because we were in crisis, and the crisis had begun on the Republicans’ watch, that there would be a window in which they would feel obliged to cooperate on a common effort to dig us out of this massive hole.
On the drive up to Capitol Hill to meet with the House Republican Caucus, John Boehner released a press statement saying that they were opposed to the stimulus. At that point we didn’t even actually have a stimulus bill drawn up, and we hadn’t meant to talk about it. And I think we realized at that point what proved to be the case in that first year and that second year was a calculation based on what turned out to be pretty smart politics but really bad for the country.”
If they cooperated with me, then that would validate our efforts. If they were able to maintain uniform opposition to whatever I proposed, that would send a signal to the public of gridlock, dysfunction, and that would help them win seats in the midterms. It was that second strategy that they pursued with great discipline. It established the dynamic for not just my presidency but for a much sharper party-line approach to managing both the House and the Senate that I think is going to have consequences for years to come.
Obama then ended the interview on the issue of healthcare:
“During the health-care debate, you know, there was a point in time where, after having had multiple negotiations with [Iowa senator Chuck] Grassley, who was the ranking member alongside my current Chinese ambassador, [Max] Baucus, in exasperation I finally just said to Grassley, “Is there any form of health-care reform that you can support?” and he shrugged and looked a little sheepish and said, “Probably not.”
There is very little evidence that McConnell cares about policy one way or another. He rose to prominence as minority leader because he unified fellow Senate Republicans in dismantling everything Obama created. Destroying what little bipartisanship remained in Congress was McConnell’s goal in those years—instead of working with the Democrats on the Affordable Care Act, he cowardly watches as our country suffers from all of his doing. Luckily, we have Obama to expose him for the snake that he is.
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