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Robert Draper's Book: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Began The Night Of The Inauguration.

luvguins 2012/04/26 20:04:37
From where we have arrived now, some of us thought we knew when the GOP was being transparent about their campaign to sabotage the president when Mitch McConnell said their plan was to "make Obama a one term president" in October, 2010. However, we were way behind the GOP's nefarious plans according to Robert Draper's new book, "Do Not Ask What We Good We Do: Inside the House of Representatives". Draper, a contributor to GQ and the NY times, imbedded himself with House members in 2011 including the key players, and was surprised how forthcoming and candid they were about their mission and it's beginning.

As President Barack Obama was celebrating his inauguration at various balls, top Republican lawmakers and strategists were conjuring up ways to submarine his presidency at a private dinner in Washington.


The event -- which provides a telling revelation for how quickly the post-election climate soured -- serves as the prologue of Robert Draper's much-discussed and heavily-reported new book, "Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives."


According to Draper, the guest list that night (which was just over 15 people in total) included Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). The non-lawmakers present included Newt Gingrich, several years removed from his presidential campaign, and Frank Luntz, the long-time Republican wordsmith. Notably absent were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) -- who, Draper writes, had an acrimonious relationship with Luntz.


For several hours in the Caucus Room (a high-end D.C. establishment), the book says they plotted out ways to not just win back political power, but to also put the brakes on Obama's legislative platform.


"If you act like you're the minority, you're going to stay in the minority," Draper quotes McCarthy as saying. "We've gotta challenge them on every single bill and challenge them on every single campaign."


The conversation got only more specific from there, Draper reports. Kyl suggested going after incoming Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes while at the International Monetary Fund. Gingrich noted that House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) had a similar tax problem. McCarthy chimed in to declare "there's a web" before arguing that Republicans could put pressure on any Democrat who accepted campaign money from Rangel to give it back.


The dinner lasted nearly four hours. They parted company almost giddily. The Republicans had agreed on a way forward:


Go after Geithner. (And indeed Kyl did, the next day: ‘Would you answer my question rather than dancing around it—please?’)


Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies. (Eight days later, Minority Whip Cantor would hold the House Republicans to a unanimous No against Obama’s economic stimulus plan.)

Begin attacking vulnerable Democrats on the airwaves. (The first National Republican Congressional Committee attack ads would run in less than two months.)


Win the spear point of the House in 2010. Jab Obama relentlessly in 2011. Win the White House and the Senate in 2012.


"You will remember this day," Draper reports Newt Gingrich as saying on the way out. "You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown."

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  • C. C. Rider 2012/04/26 20:45:40 (edited)
    C. C. Rider
    +46
    The "hate" machine against this President has been the worst I have ever seen. And yet he still stands tall and will win in 2012. From the likes of drug addled Rush and Nugent they just can not stop him. These GOP candidates will loose too.


    tall win 2012 drug addled rush nugent gop candidates lose

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  • michael johnson 2012/09/06 20:54:21
    michael johnson
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    Every single GOPer member of the House should be canned for taking a salary and a Maybach health benefit while not doing a damn thing connected to their jobs.
  • shadow76 2012/09/02 07:15:44
    shadow76
    Black helicopters much?!
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/02 13:21:55
    luvguins
    No the truth works better, old lady.
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/02 15:43:18
    shadow76
    You wouldn't know it if it smaked you in the face.
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/02 15:48:45
    luvguins
    That's your problem or you wouldn't be voting for Wrongmey. Romney women
  • tuckertoons@gmail.com 2012/06/14 01:55:03
    tuckertoons@gmail.com
    The party of NO's agenda that we all saw unfold these past three years revealed as a conspiracy that makes it all the more subversive, and the callousness in regard to the people their actions have hurt should make people run away from these economic saboteurs in droves! I had to draw a cartoon about this, it's all too important a topic. It's up now...
    http://www.whatnowtoons.com
    Left of Center Independent Political Cartoons
  • luvguins tuckert... 2012/06/14 02:34:33
    luvguins
    Great cartoons.
  • Uranos7 2012/05/14 19:34:37
    Uranos7
    In other words, in the very same interview, McConnell said that he'd be willing to work with Obama if Obama is "willing to meet us halfway." That's called compromise. And that sounds very much in the spirit of Obama's call to "seek out common ground."

    The other comment Obama referred to came from House Leader John Boeher in a radio interview with Sean Hannity on Oct. 27, 2010. It was made in the context of the health care bill, in response to retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) saying it wouldn't be a good idea to repeal the bill. "This is not a time for compromise," Boehner said. "...We're going to do everything -- and I mean everything -- we can do, to kill it, stop it, slow it down." We think Obama's comment leaves the impression Boehner's "not a time for compromise" statement was more general in nature -- as opposed to being specifically targeted at the health care bill.

    As for McConnell's comment "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president," that sounds an awful lot like Obama's summation that "his main goal after this election is simply to win the next one." But while McConnell said it, Obama left out an important detail -- that McConnell also said in the same interview that he is willing to meet the president ha...



    In other words, in the very same interview, McConnell said that he'd be willing to work with Obama if Obama is "willing to meet us halfway." That's called compromise. And that sounds very much in the spirit of Obama's call to "seek out common ground."

    The other comment Obama referred to came from House Leader John Boeher in a radio interview with Sean Hannity on Oct. 27, 2010. It was made in the context of the health care bill, in response to retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) saying it wouldn't be a good idea to repeal the bill. "This is not a time for compromise," Boehner said. "...We're going to do everything -- and I mean everything -- we can do, to kill it, stop it, slow it down." We think Obama's comment leaves the impression Boehner's "not a time for compromise" statement was more general in nature -- as opposed to being specifically targeted at the health care bill.

    As for McConnell's comment "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president," that sounds an awful lot like Obama's summation that "his main goal after this election is simply to win the next one." But while McConnell said it, Obama left out an important detail -- that McConnell also said in the same interview that he is willing to meet the president halfway.
    http://www.politifact.com/tru...

    The republicans were willing to compromise but Obama was not:
    " This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this," said Pres. Obama,
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  • luvguins Uranos7 2012/05/14 20:01:36
    luvguins
    McConnell lied. The meeting inauguration night refutes it.
  • Uranos7 luvguins 2012/05/14 20:22:09
    Uranos7
    As I said that is hearsay doesn't prove anything.
    The birthers have more proof than that do you believe them?
  • luvguins Uranos7 2012/05/14 20:27:51
    luvguins
    Everything you don't like is hearsay to you RWNJs. The birthers have zero proof nor any credibility.
  • Uranos7 luvguins 2012/05/14 20:38:53
    Uranos7
    They have documents witnesses and evidence; this guy has only his word. You choose to believe his word because it is what you want to hear.
  • luvguins Uranos7 2012/05/14 20:43:15
    luvguins
    Nobody has disputed his words, not even the Republicans that met that night in D.C. Why is that, genius?
  • Uranos7 luvguins 2012/05/15 20:25:08
    Uranos7
    They have the interviews that were linked with the politifact investigation do that for them.
  • luvguins Uranos7 2012/06/14 02:42:32
    luvguins
    You nutjobs have no proof. Paid so called experts to lie. 90 courts turn downs, and a right leaning SCOTUS is not even interested in your BS.. Birthers
  • Uranos7 luvguins 2012/06/18 11:54:06
    Uranos7
    and yet it still more than you have.
  • luvguins Uranos7 2012/08/12 12:40:47
    luvguins
    Says another dumb redneck birther.
  • shadow76 Uranos7 2012/09/02 15:58:54
    shadow76
    Obama's version of compromise is everyone doing what he wants, else he has a tantrum!
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/02 16:48:38
    luvguins
    You got that wrong too. It is the GOP and teabuggers that uses "my way or the highway".
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/02 18:44:02
    shadow76
    I pity you, you cannot see the truth for anything.
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/02 18:51:28
    luvguins
    My condolences for your brainwashing.
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/02 19:09:35
    shadow76
    By whom?
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/07 09:08:32
    shadow76
    Who locked who out of talks about Owebamacare, in an unprecedented move?
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/07 12:48:12
    luvguins
    No one. There was plenty of debate in both houses. Parties construct their own bills.
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/07 13:10:42 (edited)
    shadow76
    You conveniently forget all those "closed door" negotiations with only Dems in the room?! You forget Pelosi's "You have to vote got it to see what's in it"?
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/07 13:43:15
    luvguins
    Nope. You forget all the closed door meetings of the GOP including the really evil one this poll question is about.
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/08 11:12:57
    shadow76
    There wasn't any till they got locked out of the Dems meeting
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/08 13:19:09
    luvguins
    Oh, you were there? Don't make me laugh. Boehner even said they were having meetings of the GOP caucus when the bill was proposed.
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/09 05:29:23
    shadow76
    like I believe that traitor!
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/09 14:26:35
    luvguins
    Oh, so Boehner is a traitor? LMAO. You must be a crazy teabugger. Tea Party crazies
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/10 12:13:32
    shadow76
    Well he is and a wuss! SO?
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/10 14:34:50
    luvguins
    He's your speaker of the house but temporarily I bet.
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/10 15:54:10
    shadow76
    I didn't have a say in that!
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/10 19:27:44
    luvguins
    You don't have a say about anything.
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/12 13:32:32
    shadow76
    Then don't call him my speaker.
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/12 13:45:13
    luvguins
    You can't deny he's the Speaker of the House, and he will remain if the GOP controls the House.
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/12 14:17:01
    shadow76
    At least he is sane and his face can make an expression unlike stoneface Pelosi!
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/12 14:30:14
    luvguins
    A drunk weeper of the House? He promised jobs if given leadership of the House, and has not produced. Boehner jobs
  • shadow76 luvguins 2012/09/12 14:41:00
    shadow76
    At least he is not that evil woman who has no soul and couldn't think her way out of a paper bag!
  • luvguins shadow76 2012/09/22 12:00:30
    luvguins
    I am sure that Nancy Pelosi is smarter than you, and doesn't care what you think.
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