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Mitch McConnell On Barack Obama: He Can’t Get Anything He Wants. Those Days Are Over

posted at 7:59 pm on November 29, 2012 by

The Republican leader in the United States Senate came to the meeting with Speaker Boehner and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. He saw the proposal that said $1.6 trillion in tax hikes, most of them front-loaded, and maybe, if we are magnanimous and haven’t figured out a good reason not to over the next decade or so, perhaps we’ll look at the possiblity of potentially cutting something we’re not willing to specify in writing now to the tune of $400 billion, although we are certainly not going to be held to that number.

McConnell came, he saw, and then he laughed. He couldn’t help it. It was the same kind of involuntary reaction one has when they’re told the Cleveland Browns are going to win the Super Bowl this year.  McConnell later joined Hugh Hewitt  and had this to say:

MM: Well, it’s certainly true that they could get what they have claimed for years they wanted to do by doing nothing. They could get a big Defense cut, and they could get a massive tax increase. But of course, they don’t want to get a tax increase on everybody, only on the top two rates. Also, do they really think it would be good for the economy for all of this to kick in? I tell you, I think the fundamental observation I would make about all of this right now, whether it’s this totally unserious proposal from the Secretary of the Treasury or the attempt by the majority leader to break the rules to change the rules of the Senate, they’re strutting their stuff after the election. They’re still celebrating, and they’re having a hard time noticing that they don’t have a super majority stranglehold on the Senate, and they don’t control the House.

HH: Senator, there are at least nine, maybe ten or more Democrat seats up in 2014. You named some of them – Senator Landrieu, Senator Begich, but also Senator Rockefeller’s seat is up, Senator Hagan, you’ve got Senator Baucus himself, Tim Johnson, Mark Udall, Mark Pryor. Are these Democrats who are…

MM: Alaska, very red state, Democrat in Alaska up…

HH: Are they not concerned that their constituents are watching, and they’re going to remember this brinksmanship?

MM: Oh, I can’t imagine that they would vote for what the Secretary of the Treasury showed the Speaker and myself today. I can’t imagine it. And so that underscores what a totally unserious…this proposal, you know, Hugh, it wouldn’t have passed the House with Nancy Pelosi as speaker. This is, you know, absurd.

HH: So if you have to do something, I mean, are you expecting them to send up something else? Or are they just trying to make it look as though you folks are refusing to respond to an offer?

MM: Yeah, I think it’s all game playing. They want to make us look unreasonable. And you have to ask the question, to what end? There’s not an election for two years. The election is over. This is time to be governing. The posturing, the endless campaign, the never-ceasing finger pointing and blaming, you know, I know he’s upset about it, but he’s got a Republican House to deal with, and he’s got a non-inconsequential Republican minority in the Senate. He doesn’t own this Congress like he did the Congress in 2009 and 2010. He can’t get anything he wants. Those days are over.

I am pleased to see that not all Republicans in elected office are willing to cower to a President as though he has a mandate when in fact, no mandate exists. A coalition of unserious people can vote in an unserious leader so that unserious economic proposals are presented, but that certainly does not mean that serious people should abandon, well, seriousness.

I am also pleased that McConnell’s press office issued a press release earlier today, then made sure they pointed to a great column by our friend and colleague, Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard. But when we responded and asked on short notice for the Senator to come on and talk about it, he did. Lesson to Republican Congressional leaders: Do this more.

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Congress, as an institution, should show far more backbone to the President, as a general matter. The man is not a King.

Congressional leaders laughing in his face from time to time, and treating him as a peer or equal, rather than being deferential, would do the Republic some good.

Revenant on November 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Obama hates to be made fun of, I don’t think he was there but he must be fuming that McConnell laughed in little Timmy’s face!
Laugh at Obama in the face all the time, the man is not serious.
The man is not a king but his ego is huge, for what I don’t know. He managed to pull off a the second largest scam on the US citizens, the first being his first election!

carolt2 on November 29, 2012 at 8:37 PM

UNSERIOUS should be the watchword for Republicans. Obama ran an unserious campaign and now he is putting out unserious proposals. He should be ridiculed whenever possible. I loved that McConnell laughed out loud at Geithner and made sure everyone knew it.

More please!!

rockmom on November 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

He Can’t Get Anything He Wants. Those Days Are Over

Sounds like McConnell’s plan of limiting Obama to only 99% of what he wants, with the GOP assuming 100% of the blame for any adverse effects, is a go!

besser tot als rot on November 29, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Meh.

That is all.

Rixon on November 29, 2012 at 8:55 PM

GOP to the Donks: “You won. You own it. You figure it out. You deal with it.”

HiJack on November 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

McConnell should shout repeatedly that Harry Reid has not produced a budget in the Senate for ??? years. He should also shout repeatedly that the House has sent a number of bills to create jobs, cut expenditures, and balance the budget to the Senate. Make Harry Reid choke on his dereliction of duty.

onlineanalyst on November 29, 2012 at 9:44 PM

It’s Obama that’s laughing if McConnell thinks he can stop Barack from doing anything he wants. That would require a legislative branch that actually believes in the Constitution and the separation of powers, and is willing to jealously guard their prerogatives and the rights of the people and the States enshrined therein. Sorry, but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

GWB on November 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

We should start the meme that Obama is arrogant, divorced from reality and acts like he is King of the United States. And then hit this meme over and over and over again until it sticks.

That is what the Dems due to the Republicans (see “War of Women”). Talk the talking point until it sticks.

Old Fritz on November 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

How did this happen? Did the GOP elite leaders finally remember they have a set of balls dangling from their nether region?

karenhasfreedom on November 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I’d suggest we pass it as it just to see what he does, but like all of Obama’s pseudo-serious budgetary proposals, the Dems would decline to pass it unanimously.

HitNRun on November 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

“He can’t get anything he wants. Those days are over.”

Want to make a bet?

rrpjr on November 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM

“Sounds like McConnell’s plan of limiting Obama to only 99% of what he wants, with the GOP assuming 100% of the blame for any adverse effects, is a go!”

DITTO

The Repubs are being set up by Obama for their final defeat in 2014. Then it’s back to one party rule.

It’s a no win scenario no matter what the GOP does and the MSM will hang that albatross around McConnell’s neck.

WC on November 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I know you can talk the talk McConnell… that’s never been in doubt.

But I’m waiting to see you walk the walk. Take a plan, advertise it, sell it to the people… Educate them, get the people on your side and Obama will fold like a stack of cards.

But as far as I’m concerned you’re still playing Kabuki theater.

Skywise on November 29, 2012 at 11:33 PM

How did this happen? Did the GOP elite leaders finally remember they have a set of balls dangling from their nether region?

karenhasfreedom on November 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

MM is up for re-election in 2014, thus the so called “tough talk” from him. Hopefully he’ll carry on like this for the next 2 years, just to show his constituents that e is up to the task, before we can replace him with a true conservative.

riddick on November 29, 2012 at 11:44 PM

It’s a no win scenario no matter what the GOP does and the MSM will hang that albatross around McConnell’s neck.

WC on November 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM

You nailed it. Thus, why cave? No reason to.

riddick on November 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Mitch McConnell On Barack Obama: He Can’t Get Anything He Wants. Those Days Are Over

Unless, of course, Mr. Chao wants to go home for the Christmas break. Right, Harry?…

Gohawgs on November 30, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Obama: You know, elections have consequences. I won.

tommy71 on November 30, 2012 at 1:19 AM

I am pleased to see that not all Republicans in elected office are willing to cower to a President as though he has a mandate when in fact, no mandate exists.

practice swallowing! this nice big sandwich is going down your throat soon.

sesquipedalian on November 30, 2012 at 6:56 AM

I’m absolutely shocked! About time the Congress got some nads, however they are about four years too late but better late than never.

mixplix on November 30, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Right Mitch. There’s someone at the door for you.

forest on November 30, 2012 at 8:27 AM

practice swallowing! this nice big sandwich is going down your throat soon.

sesquipedalian on November 30, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Hey patriot, you know what the best thing about shit sandwiches is?

Everybody has to eat them.

Choke to death on it coprophagous ghoul.

tom daschle concerned on November 30, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Love Mark Levin’s suggestion of having the GOP buy time on national TV and have either Cruz, Rubio, Rand or Ryan speak directly to the people about what the dems are doing and what the conservative vision is. Enough of the old guard. Bring on the fresh well spoken young guns. We must regain the message.

1nolibgal on November 30, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Mitch McConnell had a chance to fight the Obamacare vote on Christmas Eve in 2009, and instead sent everyone home early for the holiday and conceded the battle on a bill that will destroy America as we know it.
So let’s not go bending over backwards to praise a soft squish who thinks a few tough-sounding words are going to erase his disdain for fighting the good fight.
Sorry, Mitch McConnell is the face of everything that is wrong with the Republican establishment in D.C.

Right Mover on November 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

And then hit this meme over and over and over again until it sticks.

That is what the Dems due to the Republicans (see “War of Women”). Talk the talking point until it sticks.

Old Fritz on November 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

But it won’t stick.
We don’t have the media on our side to reinforce these “memes.” They do. And they also have a sophisticated voter fraud operation to flip votes in key districts in swing states. We have Republican consultants like Stuart Stevens who advise candidates not to attack their opponents at debates and then pat themselves on the back for losing.

Right Mover on November 30, 2012 at 9:51 AM

sesquipedalian on November 30, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Tools like you deserve four years of unemployment, scrounging with food stamps and worrying about how to pay your bills. Because this is the sh*t you voted for, a**hole.

Right Mover on November 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM

If they were even vaguely serious about this, they’d have Rubio and Jindal and co on every MSM show explaining in simple terms why Barky is being a dangerous idiot.

Low information mouth breathers need to understand the polite version of ‘This is going to eff you up – yes, even y’all that are on the dole’.

CorporatePiggy on November 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM

He’ll cave. He always does. He needs to go and so does Boehner.

Big talk. No balls.

LtT26 on November 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

He Can’t Get Anything He Wants. Those Days Are Over

Yeah? Just watch. He hasn’t let Congress stop him so far.

The Rogue Tomato on November 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I respect Mitch’s attitude here.

BTW – he looks kinda like the zillionaire wheelchair character in “Hannibal”

michaelthomas on November 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Hey patriot, you know what the best thing about shit sandwiches is?

Everybody has to eat them.

Choke to death on it coprophagous ghoul.

tom daschle concerned on November 30, 2012 at 8:27 AM

i’m all for not doing anything – let the fiscal cliff do its thing and wait for the gop until it’s begging on its knees for the opportunity to vote for the obama package.

don’t like shit sandwich? try it with ketchup.

sesquipedalian on November 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Tools like you deserve four years of unemployment, scrounging with food stamps and worrying about how to pay your bills. Because this is the sh*t you voted for, a**hole.

Right Mover on November 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM

my job is safe and i’m not all that worried about yours.

sesquipedalian on November 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Want to make a bet?

rrpjr on November 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I am willing to make that bet – 0dumba losing SC cases 9-0 should tell you that he can’t get everything he wants. I am also willing to wager that 0dumba loses his executive privilege claim over Fast and Furious. Are you willing to make a bet with me about that?

Anti-Control on November 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Mitch McConnell On Barack Obama: He Can’t Get Anything He Wants. Those Days Are Over

Shorter McConnell: “There are no taxes in this bill…None!…We are burning those taxes in their tanks”

BobMbx on November 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I loved that McConnell laughed out loud at Geithner and made sure everyone knew it.

More please!!

rockmom on November 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

That wasn’t the first time Geithner has been laughed at. This is.

BobMbx on November 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Are you willing to make a bet with me about that?

Anti-Control on November 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I’m willing to bet that it won’t matter.

GWB on November 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Agree that Lil’ TImmy, Barry and (let us not forget) Eric Holder should be appropriately laughed at, and derided when they deserve it. Which is quite often, actually.
That said: Squish McConnell assuring us that Congress won’t cave into Obama’s demands is right up there with a ‘professional escort’ (don’t want to get deleted) assuring us that this is her LAST trick. Honest: those first 700 were one thing, but NO MORE! Really.

Actions matter, Mr McConnell. Put up or shut up.

orangemtl on November 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I’m willing to bet that it won’t matter.

GWB on November 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I’m willing to take a bet on that, too. You game?

Anti-Control on November 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I’m willing to take a bet on that, too. You game?

Anti-Control on November 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Yeah. But not in any currency that would require you winning to retain its value. ;)

GWB on November 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Mitch is totally right about what the Senate, as opposed to (and the term opposed is not chosen by coincidence) the Administration, might support. Remember, this is the President who has sent two (it is two, if I’m correct) budgets to Congress that got NO – as in Zero – votes from his own party. [Too bad Mitt never bothered to hammer this, but that's another, tired, topic.]

So, it’s obviously a game Obama is playing. He’s playing lawyer negotiating a whiplash case. Ask for $10Million, settle for whatever the other side is dumb enough to give you, along with a promise that the defendant won’t – in fact – wring the plaintiff’s neck, along with that of his lawyer.

That’s not governing. That’s organizing, agitating.

Barack Obama is trying to bring Saul Alinsky into the act of governing. And, so far, with a startling level of success.

I’ve said it already elsewhere, but the Republican Party (thank you Mitch, if you mean what’s reported here) has to stop worrying about being blamed and embrace being thanked for standing in the breech and saying ENOUGH!

IndieDogg on November 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Mitch,
Since the prex gave you a totally unserious plan either just walk away or put on the table a plan that keeps the wealthy were their tax rates are, but give the middle class a 10% tax rate reduction.

ChunkyLover on November 30, 2012 at 1:51 PM

He can’t get anything he wants. Those days are over.

This is BS. Remember the “negotiations” over the last debt limit hike? 100B is spending cuts? BS, the cuts ended up less than an insignificant 100M. MM needs to get a grip on reality. He’ll cave in a heartbeat. He’s proven it already. Over the cliff and let it burn. I’m ready for some serious hardball. Bring it on…

RedInMD on November 30, 2012 at 2:14 PM

…MM…talks…that’s all!

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2012 at 12:34 PM