Good news from Jay Carney: Obama doesn’t want to annihilate the GOP

posted at 7:37 pm on January 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

Annihilation is something you’d pursue if you were a hyperpartisan liberal with grandiose aspirations of becoming the left-wing Reagan, not the sort of centrist “pragmatist” which the media long assured us that Obama was. Until this past Tuesday, when they stopped. Right around 12:30 p.m. ET.

Anyway, if someone as trustworthy as Jay Carney is giving you a guarantee about Obama’s intentions, you can take that to the bank.

Q John Boehner — Speaker Boehner was quoted saying that “the President’s goal is to annihilate the Republican Party.” What’s the President’s reaction to that?

MR. CARNEY: Well, I haven’t spoken to the President about that, but I know it’s not his goal. His goal is to work together with Congress, with members of both parties to achieve progress on behalf of the American people. You heard him say in the inaugural address that even though we have profound differences and differences that we will not resolve necessarily in the next year or two or three or four, it is imperative that we come together and act on behalf of the American people. And there are things that we can and must do together.

The President believes that a strong two-party system is the foundation of our democracy and looks forward to working with Republicans as well as Democrats to get things done.

Q He wouldn’t object to the annihilation of the Republican Party, would he? (Laughter.)

MR. CARNEY: I think he would object to — he believes that the two-party system is part of the foundation of our democracy, and that it is a healthy aspect of our democracy even if it’s contentious.

Ours is not the only politics in the world that is contentious and appropriately so. What he believes, however, is that we need to have spirited debates but not debates that paralyze us. We need to compromise, not be absolutists, but agree that the call — that the need to act on behalf of the American people should compel us to make reasonable compromise while we stick to our principles. And that’s the approach he’s taken since he entered the White House, and it’s the approach he intends to take in the second term.

The only cliche in Washington more hackneyed than pols paying lip service to the two-party system is a bureaucrat pretending to “accept responsibility” after they screw up. Of course Obama wants to annihilate the GOP. That’s the point of all the Reagan comparisons lately, that O aspires to realign American politics towards the left for the next several decades the way Reagan did towards the right. His agenda has always been geared towards long-term Democratic advantage. ObamaCare was an epochal “achievement” not because it’s going to solve America’s health-care problems but because it puts the country on track to expanding government-run health care down the line, towards single-payer once O-Care proves unworkable. That’s a paradigm shift; conservatism may never quite recover from it. His big ambition in his second term isn’t gun control, which is window dressing for his base, but amnesty for illegal immigrants in hopes of adding millions more votes to the Democratic column. That’ll make the GOP’s demographic challenges even more difficult. It’s no coincidence that liberals are already gaming out how, and when, Texas might eventually turn blue. Even his ridiculous negligence in taking up entitlement reform is partly designed to cripple the GOP. The only way significant changes to Medicare and Social Security can be sold to the public is if the parties partner on it and O puts his personal popularity behind it. By not doing that, he’s essentially daring Republicans to throw themselves on the third rail and go all in on specific cuts and reforms. If they refuse, they’re weakened among conservatives who think they’re unserious and cowardly. If they do it, they’ll find themselves Mediscared into oblivion, potentially worst of all among the seniors whose votes have been keeping the GOP competitive. The weaker and more divided O can make Republicans now, the greater the chance that they (a) lose the House in 2014, clearing the way for Big Things like a carbon tax near the end of O’s term, and (b) reconstitute themselves as a centrist party in the Tory mold that’ll be more open to the left’s agenda once it’s back in power. Even David Brooks, whose Obama fandom famously extends to admiring the crease in The One’s pants, calls the current Democratic strategy “kill the wounded.” Why pretend otherwise, Jay?

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If Obama didn’t have a GOP to blame things on, who would his scapegoat for his failures be?

portlandon on January 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Sure Jay.

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I would much prefer Obama overreach- go for it.

CW on January 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Anyway, if someone as trustworthy as Jay Carney is giving you a guarantee about Obama’s intentions, you can take that to the bank.

Top flight snark, AP.

I’m sure Dear Liar doesn’t want to annihilate the GOP, he’d magnanimously allow one or two Republicans in the House. Because his modesty is exceeded only by his charity. Just ask his half brother in Kenya.

rbj on January 24, 2013 at 7:43 PM

If Obama didn’t have a GOP to blame things on, who would his scapegoat for his failures be?

portlandon on January 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM

A video.

Electrongod on January 24, 2013 at 7:43 PM

It’s officially true if this slug trail is saying otherwise.

Speaking of low life forms, the pix of the “Lord of the Flies” on drudge are hilarious.

tru2tx on January 24, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Exit quotation via Gallup:

This country is going to split apart, isn’t it

Weight of Glory on January 24, 2013 at 7:45 PM

What difference does it make?!?

Mirimichi on January 24, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Some GOP dude who was on pMSNBC said Barack Hussein’s speech united the GOP like never before.

Really?

SouthernGent on January 24, 2013 at 7:47 PM

His big ambition in his second term isn’t gun control, which is window dressing for his base, but amnesty for illegal immigrants in hopes of adding millions more votes to the Democratic column. That’ll make the GOP’s demographic challenges even more difficult. It’s no coincidence that liberals are already gaming out how, and when, Texas might eventually turn blue.

Very true. But with the GOP establishment, not to mention your co-bloggers, jumping on the amnesty bandwagon…the GOP is annihilating themselves. Why don’t they see this?

sauldalinsky on January 24, 2013 at 7:50 PM

obama might not want to annihilate the Republician party, but I sure want to annihilate the democrat party…..

Barred on January 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM

he believes that the two-party system is part of the foundation of our democracy

You live in a constitutional republic you maroon! Not a democracy, learn the difference.

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I have to say Allah, on the current trajectory the GOP is on, wouldn’t it be smarter for 0 to just sit back and enjoy. 0 really doesn’t need to lift a finger. Just let the R’s continue to slide into oblivion all on they’re own.

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Let’s throw Obamama for a loop. Let us get rid of the GOP. I mean replace it, with something in the mold of Joe the Plumber, not in the mold of an elitist Country Clubber or Wall Streeter. Ask Joe the Plumber what he thinks, and follow his advice. Just an idea.

anotherJoe on January 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

on = with, sorry.

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 7:55 PM

If Obama didn’t have a GOP to blame things on, who would his scapegoat for his failures be?

portlandon on January 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Bush, like he’s been doing for the last 4 years.

Aizen on January 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

You live in a constitutional republic you maroon! Not a democracy, learn the difference.

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Correction: we live in a constitutional republic, they live in a nation unto itself (and they try to enforce it on us).

nobar on January 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Pathetic gop “leadership” in Congress responds to Carney.

(in their best begging baby voices)
“Oh, thanky wanky you Mister Sun King, we’re just sssssooooo pleased that you want to work with us. You did say that didn’t you? You are so awesome and we love your wifes’ toned arms, they are jusssssto so pwetty. And we loved Beyonces’ national anthem thing. We think you really like us don’t you sir? If you’re nice to us will you let us run some candidates in 2014? I know we’ve been weally weally wascally the last four years but we’ll try to do better. Honest we will sir. And you can have those old yucky guns that those hayseeds have. Just take them Mister big old Presidentie. Yowwwww are just da best.”

PappyD61 on January 24, 2013 at 7:59 PM

I’m not sure why anyone thinks he would have killed fewer people using the pistols instead of the Bushmaster.

Mmmmaaaannn, I CAN’T wait until some gun company starts selling the Obamamaster. After all, he IS the best spokesman for guns in the history of the United States and it would be most appropriate.

lolz

Resist We Much on January 24, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Whew! I’m SO glad Jay cleared that up for me…I mean, it’s not like he’s EVER fibbed on issues before.

Sure! I’ll be happy to turn my guns and liberty over to you! Where do i sign up?

BlaxPac on January 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

You live in a constitutional republic you maroon! Not a democracy, learn the difference.

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Correction: we live in a constitutional republic, they live in a nation unto itself (and they try to enforce it on us).

nobar on January 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Correction: They live in “My Progressive Little Ponyland.”

Resist We Much on January 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Correction: we live in a constitutional republic, they live in a nation unto itself (and they try to enforce it on us).

nobar on January 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Correction: They live in “My Progressive Little Ponyland.”

Resist We Much on January 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

That’s alright, I needed to clean my screen anyway, don’t worry about it.

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Well, I haven’t spoken to the President about that, but I know it’s not his goal. His goal is to work together with Congress, with members of both parties to achieve progress on behalf of the American people.

Oh please, of course he can’t say that yes, the President does want to crush the GOP, but to say that his GOAL is to work together with Congress is just hilarious. In fact, I wasted some wine when I read that. Even more hilarious are the fly pictures.

scalleywag on January 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

That’s alright, I needed to clean my screen anyway, don’t worry about it.

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Oops! :-)

Resist We Much on January 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Considering the the Carney doesn’t posses a mirror in his house, and his track record for honesty is so spotless, you know that the exact opposite is true. Our soon to be god/king has always said the opposite of what he actually intends, and the media and the 51% bite every time, hook, line, and sinker!

uncommon sense on January 24, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Of course he doesn’t. Why would anyone want to annihilate an incompetent, dimwitted foil?

besser tot als rot on January 24, 2013 at 8:18 PM

uncommon sense !!!

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Hey Bmore! How’s it been? Only here for a moment, but I’ll be back again when I get home.

uncommon sense on January 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

uncommon sense on January 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Sounds like you and I might be living mirror lives of one another. When you do get back, lets get caught up. Good to see you. ; )

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Maybe at QOTD if you have the chance. I have been crashing early midnight or so.

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Bmore, we will. I have been away for far to long. Should be back online in about 20

uncommon sense on January 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Cool. See you later.

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

And monkeys are flying out of my butt.

The sad thing is the GOP is letting him.

Philly on January 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

I laughed out loud when I read this headline.

LIB

seesalrun2 on January 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Exit quotation via Gallup:

Wait a second. I thought it was squish orthodoxy that polarizing candidates lose.

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:18 PM

His agenda has always been geared towards long-term Democratic advantage. ObamaCare was an epochal “achievement” not because it’s going to solve America’s health-care problems but because it puts the country on track to expanding government-run health care down the line, towards single-payer once O-Care proves unworkable. That’s a paradigm shift; conservatism may never quite recover from it.

That’s not Democratic advantage, that’s collapse. This country simply is not able to take on a massive new entitlement like single-payer health care.

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:21 PM

The ideal, which the left wants, would be to break Texas. That would make national elections pure formalities.

It absolutely, positively, definitely WILL happen with continuing mass immigration.

And both parties support mass immigration: 90% non-white, and of that 90% 80% Democrat-voting.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party gets 90% of its votes from whites, because whites are the only ones willing to listen to conservative arguments in big numbers. Continuing mass immigration plus forced integration and assimilation inevitable means the end of whites. No more whites, no more traditional conservatism.

Either close the floodgates, or it’s going to happen. As a practical matter, democracy will end in America.

David Blue on January 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM

If Obama didn’t have a GOP to blame things on, who would his scapegoat for his failures be?

portlandon on January 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Bush, like he’s been doing for the last 4 years.

Aizen on January 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

“White folks’ greed rules a world in need!”

And even after the last white is gone, people like Obama will blame the legacy and troubling history of white oppression, white exploitation, white wealth and injustice.

Hellfire preachers didn’t need the Devil to actually show up. Anti-white activists can keep blaming all the failures of their policies on “white devils” in the same way.

David Blue on January 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Bmore, you still out there lurking?

uncommon sense on January 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM

…the POS is Full of Sh!t…

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM