Friday, November 26, 2010

Former Bush speechwriter turned idiot Michael Gerson (How many friggin' former speechwriters have Republicans unleashed upon the Village, anyhow?) puts on his tinfoil hat and denies anything in the last decade has happened that isn't Obama's fault.  Guess he's sore about not making Salon's Hack 30.

Greg Sargent takes him to task on the notion that liberals are making up the part of the GOP wanting to destroy Obama.

And guess what: Some Republicans have actually admitted on the record that this was indeed the case. Here, for instance, is Mitch McConnell, in March of 2010, stating outright that Republicans calculated that they had to deny Obama bipartisan support on health reform at all costs -- the specifics of the legislation be damned -- specifically because the public would perceive it as a victory for Obama and Dems and would be more likely to support his initiative:
"It was absolutely critical that everybody be together because if the proponents of the bill were able to say it was bipartisan, it tended to convey to the public that this is O.K., they must have figured it out," Mr. McConnell said about the health legislation in an interview, suggesting that even minimal Republican support could sway the public. "It's either bipartisan or it isn't."
More famously, Jim DeMint said outright that defeating health reform was crucial if Republicans were to succeed in destroying Obama:
"If we're able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him. And we will show that we can, along with the American people, begin to push those freedom solutions that work in every area of our society."
More recently, of course, McConnell flatly stated that his primary goal is to ensure Obama is a "one term president," and even subsequently doubled down on that assertion.

Kinda hard for Gerson to deny the GOP plan when top Republicans freely admit to it.

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