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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that his biggest priority is stopping President Joe Biden's proposed legislative agenda in Congress. "One hundred percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration," McConnell said during an appearance in Georgetown, Kentucky. President Biden ... dismissed [McConnell's] pledge ... insisting that he will push for compromise and achieve his goals.



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Quelle surprise if you didn't see this one coming from a million miles away. Where have I heard something like this before? Hmmmmmmm....

"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president," McConnell told the National Journal in [2009].
Remember how that worked out?
"Everything I'm proposing that be done to generate economic growth and employment and put us in a position where we can out-compete any other country in the world with research and development and moving ahead, I pay for," the president said Wednesday.

Biden said the way to actually increase productivity and stimulate economic growth is to have corporations pay more taxes that will create a million jobs and fund the construction and repair of bridges, highways and other long-neglected infrastructure projects.

OMG, improving our society for the benefit of everyone that isn't in the top percentiles of income and wealth? S-O-C-I-A-L-I-S-M according to Mitch and the Sedition Caucus. Not so much according to nearly 70% of Americans - including many who claim to be Republicans.

Just Do It.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-05-06 07:39 AM | Reply

Well, Mitch is failing so far.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2021-05-06 07:46 AM | Reply

Mitch and the GOP appear to have made Joe Biden an Honorary Black Man.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2021-05-06 07:47 AM | Reply

With Biden in the Oval Office, McConnell has a guiding principle: Failure is the goal. His priority is to position his party to retake the Senate majority after the 2022 midterms, and then elect a Republican president in 2024. Working constructively with a Democratic White House would do little to advance these objectives, which is precisely why he will choose a maximalist partisan course: because a "100 percent focus" on undermining the Biden administration will give McConnell more of what he wants.

But the other relevant angle is the lesson Democrats can and should learn from the Senate minority leader's candor: Republicans aren't interested in governing; they're interested in thwarting those who are interested in governing.

Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) guiding principle is that GOP senators are sincerely interested in crafting bipartisan compromises, which he can help negotiate if given the opportunity. President Joe Biden has also invested time and effort into the idea that Republicans are ready to deal.

It's precisely why McConnell's comments deserve so much attention: the nation's most powerful GOP lawmaker is effectively telling Democrats to stop trying. It's a clarifying moment for every relevant player: McConnell's priority isn't using the levers of power to make a material difference in Americans' lives, it's "stopping this new administration."

And with that clarity should come a shift in legislative strategy. Democrats have the procedural wherewithal to advance popular and important legislation without Senate Republicans' input, and yesterday, the GOP's Senate leader practically invited the Democratic majority to do exactly that.

Steve Benen

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-05-06 08:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

... "One hundred percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration," ...

While fmr Pres Obama was being inaugurated for the first time, there was a meeting of Republican strategists. During that meeting, which occurred as fmr Pres Obama was being sworn in, the Republicans decided on their "just say no" strategy, opposing anything fmr Pres Obama proposed.

So it seems that the Republicans are continuing to show that they are unable to govern.

All they seem to know how to do is gainsay, obstruct and destruct.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-06 12:33 PM | Reply

All they seem to know how to do is gainsay, obstruct and destruct.

2/3s of the country is correct: it's the Republican party that is inhibiting bipartisanship.

#6 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-05-06 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Great, so we're heading back to the authoritarian view that people can vote for somebody who's sole purpose is to block the winner's agenda.

Because in GOP crazy land the spirit of our Constitution clearly indicates the FFs supported the notion that a portion of voters from a district or state have the right to dictate policy for the rest of the country who voted for it.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2021-05-06 02:53 PM | Reply

This is the only effective strategy the Republicans left: Block everything Biden wants and then blame Biden for doing nothing. We saw the same thing with Obama.

Party over country. Republicans can't build anything to forward our society, they only block and destroy.

#8 | Posted by horstngraben at 2021-05-06 03:13 PM | Reply

Go ahead Moscow Mitch.

Go ahead. Be a toad in the road. And Biden will run right over you. Or around you. Mitch is lucky. Biden is a pretty compassionate guy. Not like that Other Fellow.

"When asked Wednesday whether he still thought he could work with McConnell after the Senate minority leader had committed to obstructing the new administration, Biden chuckled.

"Look, he said that in our last administration, (with former President) Barack (Obama, that) he was going to stop everything -- and I was able to get a lot done with him," Biden told reporters in the State Dining Room, following remarks touting the administration's new restaurant revitalization fund."

I am loving it.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-05-06 03:21 PM | Reply

Moscow Mitch, Putin's bitch. Left his morals in the ditch.

#10 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-05-06 05:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This country will continue to be stuck in reverse as long as that man is alive. As I have been saying for 50 of my 70 years, this is why we have to have TERM LIMITS!

#11 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2021-05-06 05:12 PM | Reply

Mitch is like the honey badger--mean, ugly and doesn't care. Will gladly eat offal, can scratch and claw his way through any fight, and smells bad. Mitch is not running again so doesn't care what Diamond Joe will say to his constituents in the Bluegrass State, because Mitch will never be seen there again. Biden knows all of this and his strategy is to just ignore Mitch. Watch and learn...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2021-05-06 06:33 PM | Reply

Every Democratic Senator should head for social media and tv cameras quoting Mitch McConnell and make sure that Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have their constituents bombard their offices with the same quotes - the ones from yesterday and the ones from 2009 - so that there is no question about the GOP's intentions not to compromise on any Democratic legislation whatsoever.

Basically, Mitch has done quite the solid for the Democrats - he's eliminated any need or pretense for attempting to negotiate with the GOP on Democratic legislation because they will never give them a single vote.

Dems should negotiate details within their own caucus and legislate - just like almost 70% of Americans want them to do.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-05-06 08:34 PM | Reply

So after countless articles with proof positive evidence and quotes ON RECORD that Dems wanted to obstruct everything Trump did, now you are mad that someone is obstructing? Seriously? Again, if you think it's bad to obstruct, then don't freaking do it yourselves and even encourage it within your own party. Otherwise, you have no ground to stand on.

#14 | Posted by humtake at 2021-05-07 11:59 AM | Reply

McTurtle is going to convince Manchin to vote in favor of removing the filibuster.

#15 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-05-07 07:21 PM | Reply

#14 - The Dems voted overwhelmingly FOR the CARES act, dummy, and the other COVID relief bills that came up while the Orange Ishtstain occupied the WH. Those bills might have gotten him reelected had he not proved to be the most incompetent POTUS in history. Dems vote for things that help the American people; they would have supported an infrastructure plan as long as it wasn't larded up with more tax cuts for the rich and corporations. What Dems tried to obstruct was Combover Quisling putting incompetent, partisan hack judges on the bench; legislation that hurt the poor and middle class like the tax scam; and executive orders and rules intended to harm minorities, like members of the LGBTQ+ community; they opposed illegally rerouting congressionally assigned money to his useless border boondoggle that can be defeated by a cheap saw or a $5 homemade ladder; and of course, they opposed all the other criminal stuff your Orange Traitor did, but you're too stupid to understand the difference.

#16 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-05-07 07:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Here's wishing him (the Turtle) a quick
and debilitating aneurysm...

#17 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-05-07 11:08 PM | Reply

Gunslinger good post, it won't change the mind of idiots like Humtake but was still a good post.

#18 | Posted by danni at 2021-05-08 10:13 AM | Reply

"Dems wanted to obstruct everything Trump did, "

Trump was a criminal. Criminally incompetent. Criminally negligent.

Half a million Americans died on his watch due to Trumpy's criminal negligence.

So, of course, he had to be stopped before he did any more damage.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-05-08 11:23 AM | Reply

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