Fri Aug 10, 2012, 06:05 PM
Tx4obama (28,936 posts)
Biden: McConnell decided to withhold ALL cooperation even BEFORE we took office
I’ve got my copy of Michael Grunwald’s new book on the making of stimulus, The New New Deal, and there are a lot of juicy nuggets in it. In particular, it may shed new light on the degree to which Republicans may have decided to deny Obama all cooperation for the explicit purpose of rendering his presidency a failure — making it easier for them to mount a political comback after their disastrous 2008 losses.
Grunwald has Joe Biden on the record making a striking charge. Biden says that during the transition, a number of Republican Senators privately confided to him that Mitch McConnell had given them the directive that there was to be no cooperation with the new administration — because he had decided that “we can’t let you succeed.”
Here’s the relevant passage, from page 207:
Biden says that during the transition, he was warned not to expect any cooperation on many votes. “I spoke to seven different Republican Senators, who said, `Joe, I’m not going to be able to help you on anything,’ he recalls. His informants said McConnell had demanded unified resistance. “The way it was characterized to me was: `For the next two years, we can’t let you succeed in anything. That’s our ticket to coming back,’” Biden says.
Full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/biden-mcconnell-decided-to-withhold-all-cooperation-even-before-we-took-office/2012/08/10/64e9a138-e302-11e1-98e7-89d659f9c106_blog.html
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Biden: McConnell decided to withhold ALL cooperation even BEFORE we took office (Original post)
|Angry Dragon||Aug 2012||#1|
|Major Hogwash||Aug 2012||#5|
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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)
Fri Aug 10, 2012, 06:11 PM
1StrongBlackMan (5,408 posts)
2. Drip ... Drip, The Series-Part II ...
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And this is even better because it's already been confirmed that 2 Senators have said it's true and puts mcconnell on the hook to deny that he issued the directive, in the face of actions to the contrary.
Response to elleng (Reply #3)
Fri Aug 10, 2012, 08:46 PM
Major Hogwash (12,365 posts)
5. This morning on Joe Scarbrow's show, David Gregory was all pumped for Chris Christy
He thought that Christy would give some "pizazz" to Romney's lackluster campaign.
I'll bet ya anything, that Gregory would like to take that comment back now for anything short of a million dollars.
Christy is probably wondering why they asked him to speak at the RNC now if Romney is going to say stupid crap like this for another 87 days.
Response to HopeHoops (Reply #4)
Fri Aug 10, 2012, 08:54 PM
elleng (40,545 posts)
6. If ONLY, Hope!
I'm always surprised when we see him out there defending/explaining what those S.O.Bs. are doing. Vacated DC for a while, with all the others, so thankfully he's not on at the moment.