Last Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to President Donald Trump’s favorite social media tool to offer a tweet that many probably thought came from a parody account rather than McConnell’s official account.
Did McConnell forget when he said this?
“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
“One of my proudest moments was when I looked Barack Obama in the eye and I said, ‘Mr. President, you will not fill the Supreme Court vacancy.'”
What about this quote from then House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) after Obama’s election in 2008 which gave Democrats the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives?
“We’re not here to cut deals and get crumbs and stay in the minority for another 40 years. We’re going to fight these guys.”
Or when Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) asked this of his fellow House Republicans just before Obama’s inauguration?
“If the Purpose of the Majority Is to Govern…What Is the Purpose of the Minority?” The Purpose of the Minority is to Become the Majority.”
The same weekend Congressman Sessions was laying out strategy to House Republicans, Senator McConnell was doing the same for Senate Republicans.
“He warned his colleagues that they would have nothing to gain from working with the incoming president, that bipartisan cooperation would just make Obama look like a hero.”
Did McConnell forget when Congressman John Boehner (R-OH), awaiting the vote that would make him Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2010, said this about President Barack Obama’s agenda?
“We’re going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.”
Maybe McConnell forgot when Boehner’s replacement as Speaker of the House, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) had this to say about the Senate’s refusal to consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court?
“This has never been about who the nominee is. It is about a basic principle.”
In other words, it did not matter WHO President Barack Obama nominated; the Republicans were not going to consider ANYONE.
And that was THE Republican principle, the principle that earned Republicans the nickname, “The Party of NO!”
During Obama’s second term, after McConnell had replaced Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) as Majority Leader, Republicans filibustered 20 of Barack Obama’s district court judge nominees. TWENTY. Under the previous 43 presidents COMBINED there had been THREE filibustered district court judges.
The late Congressman George Voinovich (R-OH) summed-up the unified Republican strategy for ALL issues which might arise during the presidency of Barack Obama.
“If he was for it, we had to be against it.”
That, my faithful readers, is OBSTRUCTION.
Majority Leader McConnell wants compromise? What exactly does THAT mean? See, from the evidence of the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency, it seems compromise means the Democrats giving Trump what he wants, no matter how outlandish or foolhardy. He wants cooperation? He thinks Trump and Republicans are acting in America’s common good?
He thinks Americans are THAT stupid? We are not, and our resistance is not obstruction.