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
    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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  • Grandbr... beavith1 2012/05/04 21:51:19
    It shows all variables and possibilities imageinable. It's also historically been one of the most accurate predictors of election outcomes, and it's not painting a pretty picture for Romney.
  • beavith1 Grandbr... 2012/05/06 03:24:38
    we'll see in November, won't we?
  • Grandbr... beavith1 2012/05/07 22:06:12
    You sure will.
  • Grandbr... beavith1 2012/04/27 17:06:15
    As a former Republican voter, I for one AM surprised at the self-servingly absolutist, machiavellian tactics employed by the GOP since Obama took office. Endeavoring to win back the majority is one thing, but doing it at the full expense of the good of the country is another. It has easily been the most shameful and destructive political display I've ever had the displeasure of witnessing, and the GOP will have to do a lot to convince me that they're mature and honorably intentioned enough to vote for again in the future.
  • beavith1 Grandbr... 2012/05/04 04:37:36
    what good of the country? agreeing to sign onto an amazingly, horrifyingly defectve piece of legislation known as Obamacare?

    i can only take solace in knowing that SCOTUS will kill it with prejudice.

    if the GOP is bad, the democrats are nuts.
  • luvguins beavith1 2012/05/04 05:13:04
    If Obamacare goes that will hurt women more than men. Another nail in the GOP coffin.
  • Grandbr... beavith1 2012/05/04 17:25:39
    You said: "What good of the country?"

    I know - it's a foreign concept to you far righties these days.
  • ordman 2012/04/26 20:28:46
    What’s your point? What was the DNC’s plan when Bush 43 took office? If you can't find out what it was either you're not smart enough to find it, or the Dems weren't smart enough to have one. So Mr. Stein were does the incompetents lay with you or the Demarcate Party?
  • Thisism... ordman 2012/04/26 21:01:22
  • ordman Thisism... 2012/04/26 21:07:48
    I see that you are unable to defend your position. You may topple your king now.
  • Sinpac 2012/04/26 20:26:38
    I remember Rush Limbaugh attacking him the day he took office. All I know is what comes around goes around.
  • 2468 Sinpac 2012/04/26 22:12:49
  • Tea in the Harbor 2012/04/26 20:25:50
    Tea in the Harbor
    Why am I not surprised that one topic that never came up was "What's good for America?"
  • Roger47 2012/04/26 20:20:32
    The Republicans put their party's power as their top consideration. The welfare of the country does not matter to them. They are the opposite of patriots.
  • Lady Wh... Roger47 2012/04/26 21:44:36
    Lady Whitewolf
    SO agree
  • aherbert 2012/04/26 20:14:11
    Knowing is half the battle .... we must ensure we vote the right way and get out the word!

    obama 2012
  • Rusty Bubbles 2012/04/26 20:14:03
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    Na....it began during his birth..........somewhere in Kenya
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  • aherbert Rusty B... 2012/04/26 20:14:52
  • Rusty B... aherbert 2012/04/26 20:17:16
    Rusty Bubbles
    They must be typical liberals then....and to risk being un-PC....they look it too
  • aherbert Rusty B... 2012/04/26 20:23:50
    You know better than that ....

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  • luvguins Rusty B... 2012/04/26 20:30:14
    Photoshops are as lame as you are, loser.
  • Rusty B... luvguins 2012/04/26 20:39:02
    Rusty Bubbles
    That's not a Photoshop picture, those two liberals above really are twins~!
  • luvguins Rusty B... 2012/04/26 21:43:11
    Talking about your lame sign and you know it, loser.
  • Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru 2012/04/26 20:13:55
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    Wow... And the GOP accuses Democrats of being Devious. Too Bad that it didn't work out for Mr. Gingrich. Now Robert Draper has blown the whistle, the fallout will be bad.
  • aherbert Assassi... 2012/04/26 20:15:29
  • luvguins Assassi... 2012/04/26 20:33:39
    Spread the word. These miscreants are more evil than we thought.
  • Assassi... luvguins 2012/04/26 20:36:02
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    That is evil indeed. I am not surprised. If you can't beat people on merit you just attack everything.
  • The Eli... Assassi... 2012/04/26 20:52:41
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
    Frank Luntz Should be charged with treason.
  • luvguins The Eli... 2012/04/26 21:44:32
    Even Boehner and McConnell did not want to deal with azz clown, Luntz.
  • The Eli... luvguins 2012/04/26 22:29:18
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
    I had a feeling the Say it a certain way clown was involved. Fox News Tool.

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