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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  • luvguins Huntclan 2012/04/27 21:35:22
    He signed it to get the unemployment benefits extension, and those folks will remember in November.
  • Huntclan luvguins 2012/04/28 00:32:04
    He still signed it.
  • luvguins Huntclan 2012/04/28 02:20:29
    He won what he wanted, and they may go away in December if the GOP doesn't play ball.
  • Petrifi... Huntclan 2012/04/28 15:44:08
    All of them??? an absolutest argument...Hmmmm, How do I fight this one?
  • David Lindner 2012/04/27 01:30:16
    David Lindner
    Time to grow up liberals
  • luvguins David L... 2012/04/27 01:45:06
    Time to shut up right wing nutjob.
  • David L... luvguins 2012/04/27 01:46:23
    David Lindner
    QQ liberals

    im actually a moderate left-wing libertarian. glad and proud to say im voting against the communist.
  • luvguins David L... 2012/04/27 01:53:37
    Are you in a time machine in the 1950s perchance? Commie card
  • David L... luvguins 2012/04/27 02:01:03
    David Lindner
    yep hes a communist. good riddance. america cant afford 4 more. broaden your mind and come back to reality instead of using main stream "cool kid picking on a different thinker" like comments. everyones different.
  • luvguins David L... 2012/04/27 02:09:10
    He won't be going anywhere until January, 2017 so get used to it.
  • David L... luvguins 2012/04/27 02:10:15
    David Lindner
    hahahahah keep dreaming. virginia is going red. so is new hampshire, so is florida. after that, its over for your bud in office
  • luvguins David L... 2012/04/27 02:17:08
    You are dreaming, stooge. VA will go for him again, and he leads in NH by 9 points, and FL by 3.
  • David L... luvguins 2012/04/27 02:20:12
    David Lindner
    Awww name calling? How grown up. I guess that picture has you down to a t. Florida is going red. I promise. So will Virginia. As well as NH. #growup
  • luvguins David L... 2012/04/27 02:22:19
  • David L... luvguins 2012/04/27 02:23:20
    David Lindner
    Don't worry. Reality will start seeping in soon for you
  • luvguins David L... 2012/04/27 02:29:21
    You'll be seeing it more than I when Obama is re-elected.
  • David L... luvguins 2012/04/27 02:31:29
  • luvguins luvguins 2012/04/27 02:50:10 (edited)
    Aw, baby David is a a coward blocker. Well he is done here.
  • Lady Wh... luvguins 2012/04/27 10:15:32
    Lady Whitewolf
  • beavith1 luvguins 2012/04/27 15:28:02
    that's a pretty squishy 9% in NH.
  • luvguins beavith1 2012/04/27 15:36:56
    It will be in the bag though for Obama.
  • Michaelene David L... 2012/04/27 15:29:42
    Yes they are, no matter how many times he sings and dances on tv, the celebrity in chief is over. Not even the youth like him!
  • my2cents David L... 2012/04/27 09:04:28
    I've heard it said that libertarians are just liberals who like smoking pot and getting laid. True?
  • Lady Wh... David L... 2012/04/27 10:14:47
    Lady Whitewolf
    NEED THIS? need this
  • boneman1 2012/04/27 01:24:08
    ... and just how do you think that's any different than what democrats will be trying after Obama's voted out in November?
  • luvguins boneman1 2012/04/27 01:30:09
    There will be no need to as he will be re-elected in November.
  • boneman1 luvguins 2012/04/27 02:06:34
    Good luck with that. He hasn't even started the campaign against Obama and the latest Politico poll has Romney ahead.
  • luvguins boneman1 2012/04/27 02:10:55
    BS. Most polls have Obama ahead. If Romney can't get 50% of women and 40% of hispanics he's toast. Way behind with both.
  • David L... luvguins 2012/04/27 02:18:55
    David Lindner
    It's too early to count anything, six more months. I guarantee you Obama is going to get obliterated because of his record. #octobersurprise
  • luvguins David L... 2012/04/27 02:24:40
  • David L... luvguins 2012/04/27 02:26:35
    David Lindner
    You can convince yourself that but reality will seep in come October and september
  • luvguins David L... 2012/04/27 02:30:22
  • David L... luvguins 2012/04/27 02:34:31
    David Lindner
    hey the jokes at your expense. laugh on

  • Lady Wh... luvguins 2012/04/27 10:15:48
    Lady Whitewolf
    Is he?
  • luvguins Lady Wh... 2012/04/27 13:31:10
    He blocked himself right off the question. Pretty dumb little coward.
  • boneman1 luvguins 2012/04/28 14:24:52
    Facts are facts. Obama's already slipping in the polls and the campaign hasn't started. When the ads start coming on detailing his failures over the last 3 1/2 years his numbers will plummet. Obama can't run on his record. If he did he'd be signing his own walking papers. His only hope is to run a negative campaign and attack the other candidate. There will be alot of people like you that will vote for him regardless of the facts about his failure, but the majority of Americans will see through the BS and vote him out in November.
  • luvguins boneman1 2012/04/28 16:07:33
    Dream on, loser. Romney can't win unless he gets 50% of women and 40% of hispanics votes both of which he trails badly and will continue to do so. Womens rights and anti immigration will bury him. All Obama has to do is out Romney for the extremist campaign he ran in the primaries and independents will turn that down.
  • boneman1 luvguins 2012/04/28 17:58:55 (edited)
    Your numbers are incorrect. If the percentage of whites that vote for Romney match the numbers for Republicans from the 2010 mid-term elections Romney will beat Obama by a considerable margin.
  • luvguins boneman1 2012/04/28 21:23:21
    LMAO! Only 40% voted in 2010. In 2008 that was the only demographic
    that McCain won slightly, white protestant men over 50.

    Romney has no chance if that is all he gets. Even the RNC knows that.
  • boneman1 luvguins 2012/04/29 02:35:21
    If the percentages for each demographic are the same as in 2010 it doesn't matter if everybody votes twice - Obama will lose by a big margin.

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