What is it with these Republicans who just can’t stop themselves from coming just a hair shy of calling the President of the United States “uppity?” Last week, Bill-O was calling him “cocky” during his Talking Points Memo segment on Fox. Now we’ve got Lady McCheney Mary Matalin on Mrs. Greenspan’s show calling him too “self-reverential” and “self-righteous” and that he wants Republicans to go along with him and pretend they care about doing their jobs and legislating, he’d better start acting nicer to them.
Andrea Mitchell reminded her that he didn’t exactly have much good will from the other side, what with them immediately plotting on how to obstruct everything he tried to do from the day he got elected –during that now-famous meeting with Frank Luntz and Newt Gingrich. We also had Mitch McConnell out there just stating openly that his “single most important” goal was to make Barack Obama a one-term president. Matalin feigned ignorance and pretended she had no idea what Mitchell was talking about. She said the GOP leadership didn’t attend meetings and the last time she checked, neither Luntz nor Gingrich were in office at the time of that meeting.
Thankfully, Mitchell did remind her that a good deal of the leadership was there, but that didn’t stop her from going right back after President Obama and complaining that he wasn’t talking nicely enough to those poor sensitive Republicans.
Here’s a little reminder of just what went on during that meeting from James Wolcott: The Conspiracy to Commit Legislative Constipation:
In a scene reminiscent of the summit meeting of mob bosses in The Godfather, Republican House leaders were summoned by evil marshmallow and message-crafter Frank Luntz to hash out a strategy to cope with the defeat of their party in 2008 and the election of the newly inaugurated President Obama, according to Robert Draper’s just published book Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives.
From a report on Draper’s revelation by Ewen MacAskill in the Guardian UK (the bolding is mine):
During a lengthy discussion, the senior GOP members worked out a plan to repeatedly block Obama over the coming four years to try to ensure he would not be re-elected.
In his book, Draper opens with the heady atmosphere in Washington on the days running up to the inauguration and the day itself, which attracted 1.8 million to the mall to witness Obama being sworn in as America’s first black president.
Those numbers contributed to a growing sense of unease among Republicans as much the defeat in the White House race the previous November. The 15 Republicans were in a sombre mood as they gathered at the Caucus Room in Washington, an upscale restaurant where a New York strip steak costs $51.
Attending the dinner were House members Eric Cantor, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra, Dan Lungren, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan and Pete Sessions. From the Senate were Tom Coburn, Bob Corker, Jim DeMint, John Ensign and Jon Kyl. Others present were former House Speaker and future — and failed — presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and the Republican strategist Frank Luntz, who organised the dinner and sent out the invitations.
The dinner table was set in a square at Luntz’s request so everyone could see one another and talk freely. The session lasted four hours and by the end the sombre mood had lifted: they had conceived a plan. They would take back the House in November 2010, which they did, and use it as a spear to mortally wound Obama in 2011 and take back the Senate and White House in 2012, Draper writes.
“If you act like you’re the minority, you’re going to stay in the minority,” said Keven McCarthy, quoted by Draper. “We’ve gotta challenge them on every single bill and challenge them on every single campaign.”
The Republicans have done that, bringing Washington to a near standstill several times during Obama’s first term over debt and other issues.
Their locked-shut buttocks will unclench of course should Mitt Romney be elected, at which point they’ll be passing legislation like street hawkers handing out strip-club flyers. Every bill will be named after Reagan or some other sentimental favorite.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve about had it up to here with these Republicans and their supposed hurt feelings as an excuse for obstruction when they’ve disrespected President Obama and called him every name in the book for years. Matalin’s pearl clutching is growing tiresome –to put it mildly.