Every election cycle campaign amounts to silly season of candidates caught in gaffes saying not only stupid things with the resultant backstepping and coverups or media end runs, but occasionally an utterance of unguarded honesty.
It is those rare gems of truth that resonate in my mind.
In the case of Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, it seems the left wing echo chamber led by MSNBC’s three apologists Keith Olbermann, Rachael Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell whom I have documented in my mind simply by watching their slows — well, as Jack Nicholson in the movie said:
“You can’t handle the truth.”
Here’s what McConnell said as quoted by the National Review and cited here by one of hundreds of followup stories, this one by the Los Angeles Times:
“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
I ask you, who in the hell on the Republican minority would not work for that goal? That’s what the two party system does. The name of the game is power. The American people play second fiddle in this orchestra.
The liberal cable and left wing blogs have jumped on the McConnell statement and kicked it around for the past week as if it were a greased pig chase.
Here’s The Times version of reaction when asked of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:
…Gibbs said the last thing voters will want after this hard-fought campaign is more non-stop politics in Washington.
“There’s time for a political campaign now, and there will be time in two years for a presidential campaign. But in the days, in the weeks, in the months after this campaign, the message that voters are going to send and the message that we as elected officials should take is that of working together,” he said.
Gibbs noted that in an interview with the same publication, Obama talked about wanting to work cooperatively with Republicans next year.
“I can assure you that when the political and election season has passed and we get … back into the governing of this country, that this is a president that will reach out to, as he did, and try as best as he can to work with the Republican Party,” Gibbs said.
And more reaction:
In an interview with MSNBC, senior White House advisor David Axelrod linked McConnell’s comment to unspecified statements from other Republicans, that he said were in support of gridlock in Congress.
“I don’t think that’s what the American people are voting for,” he said.
Okay, the Democrats disapprove of how the Republicans go about their business of defeating the sitting president with a legislative strategy of gridlock.
But we have seen this movie before. The Democrats will play the same tricks when a Republican is sitting in the Oval Office.
The end justifies the means to achieve that goal. Both are equal opportunity saboteurs.
The Democratic media machine just doesn’t get it. They spend and waste their time bashing Republican Tea Party airheads for being witches, crafting a fifth-grade interpretation of the constitution and turning the clock back to a time that exists only in their Glenn Beck fantasies. I mean, who in these media audiences on the left would ever vote for those airheads?
I hate the phrase “man up” and women governors showing their “cojones” but there is a message in that call: Democratic elected officials stand up and defend their agendas and stop acting like wusses. I’m not picking on Harry Reid. That’s his blah persona on a good day.
If the Democrats cannot defend the stimulus plan, the health reform act and financial institutional regulations to prevent Wall Street from driving us into the ditch again, well, as Harry Truman said, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
(McConnell photo courtesy hubpages.com)
Cross posted on The Remmers Report
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