The Gate Keeper’s response: Damn this dude didn’t want to work with President Obama and now talking about bipartisanship. Ain’t that a damn shame! Or should I say that is where one feel white privilege comes into play.
The date was Oct. 23, 2010 — nearly two years into President Barack Obama’s first term and two weeks before the first midterm elections of his presidency. Speaking to the National Journal, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made a now-infamous statement: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
As The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler has pointed out, reading the quote in its full context makes it clear that McConnell was saying that it would be impossible for Republicans to achieve their policy goals with Obama in office. But Democrats immediately seized on the remark as proof that Republicans had single-mindedly set out to obstruct Obama’s agenda, putting partisanship ahead of the country’s best interest.
On Tuesday, a week after Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, McConnell, now the majority leader, published a FoxNews.com op-ed that struck a very different note. “Will Dems work with us, or simply put partisan politics ahead of the country?” the headline asked. Needless to say, it didn’t go over well with liberals, who rushed to point out McConnell’s unparalleled chutzpah and accuse him of blatant hypocrisy. (Read more)