McConnell Taunts Obama: ‘We Will Stop the Liberal Onlsaught’
November 4, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—So much for that working together to solve America’s problems narrative. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered a blistering attack on the Obama administration today at the Heritage Foundation. After receiving criticism for saying his top priority for the next two-years is to destroy the Obama presidency, he is doubling down with his anti-Obama campaign, saying he will do everything he can to put a Republican in the White House in 2012, to ensure the GOP corporatist agenda won’t fall under Obama’s veto powers. What does McConnell plan to do? Continue with Republican obstructionism and roll back all of the legislative gains of the Obama administration, unless the White House agrees to “move in our direction.” So, the Republicans’ idea of compromise is “our way, or the highway.” Good to know.
McConnell’s speech was peppered with incendiary rhetoric. “We will stop the Liberal onslaught,” declared McConnell. And the Kentucky Senator said he plans to take direct aim at the so-called “left-wing wish list,” “policy czars” and the “Europeanization” of America.
Regarding healthcare reform, McConnell vowed “straight repeal repeatedly.” He called the Affordable Care Act, an “indefensible health spending bill” that hurts families, seniors and small businesses.
“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,” said McConnell.
“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,” said the defiant Minority Leader. “We can hope the president will start listening to the electorate after Tuesday’s election. But we can’t plan on it.”
And if Obama refuses to “move in our direction,” McConnell and his Republican colleagues vow to tie up Congress with parliamentary gridlock and to attempt to de-fund Wall Street reform, heathcare reform and other Democratic legislation.
“But we can’t expect the president to sign it,” [healthcare repeal], “So we’ll also have to work in the House on denying funds for implementation, and in the Senate on votes against its most egregious provisions,” said McConnell.
McConnell spoke frequently of the wishes of the American people. Apparently Republicans are the only ones who know what the American people want. They do not.
Exit polls showed that voters in Tuesday’s election, dislike Republicans more than Democrats, they don’t want an extension of tax cuts for the wealthy and they are evenly split on repealing healthcare reform. Regarding the economic mess, they blame Wall Street first, George W. Bush second and President Obama third.
Mitch McConnell is not speaking for the American people. McConnell and the Republicans speak for Big Oil, corporate America and special interests.
Sen. Majority Leader harry Reid (D-NV) responded yesterday to McConnell’s threats to the White House and Democrats, pointing out McConnell is misreading the message from Americans this election cycle. The country wants the two Parties to come together to achieve results for the American people. They don’t want more of the same obstructionism and gridlock, said Reid.
“It means that we are going to have to work together, and anyone who tries to take more out of that, I think there’ll be a big mistake,” Reid said. “It’s not going to be our way or the highway. It’s not going to be their way or the highway. It has to be our way to get us down the road to success,” said Reid.
Unless Reid and other Democrats tell McConnell, in no uncertain terms, where he can put his threats, the American people will suffer in the end.
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean knows how to fight GOP bullies. He told Politico what his plans would be for the GOP’s campaign to go after the middle class.
“If Republicans think we’re going to slow the growth of Medicare and Medicaid and give tax cuts to those making a million dollars a year, we will wrap that around their necks and beat the hell out of them in 2012,” said Dean.
More of this please. To paraphrase a quote from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Democrats have to stop bringing library books to a knife fight.