Posted by: Rick | Monday, August 1, 2011

GOP Demands Obama Not Criticize Them

REUTERS – Boasting that his party “took Democrats to the cleaners” in the debt ceiling negotiations, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has issued a final demand: He’s insisting Barack Obama sign a “no criticism” pledge.

“Look, the White House gave us everything we wanted,” said McConnell. “A hot knife through butter, the German army through Poland — pick your favorite metaphor, that’s what we did to them. The president has essentially endorsed the Republican world view. We think it would be extremely disingenuous for him to attempt to re-engage in Democrat class warfare — and we won’t allow it.”

When asked what kind of rhetoric would be permissible under the pledge, McConnell said, “Here’s an example: ‘Eric Cantor is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life’. Now, that’s laying it on a little thick, I’ll grant you, but we think it’s appropriate under the circumstances.”

At his daily press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney responded to questions about the “no criticism” pledge by stressing the need for bipartisanship.

“The American people expect Republicans and Democrats to work together to craft a balanced plan as to what the president can and cannot say,” said Carney. “We will cave to Senator McConnell’s wishes at the proper time and not a minute sooner.”

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  1. You got to love the Republicans. They love to criticize and bash Obama, but they cry foul when anyone does it to them. McConnell, Cantor and the rest should grow up and get a like.

  2. billover70 seems to recall some statements similar to “Republicans can come along, but they will have to ride in the back of the bus”…”Reward your friends and punish your enemies”…”They can build coal power plants, but we’ll break them”…”We can’t eliminate insurance companies immediately, it may take ten or fifteen years”. These do not sound too nice about a lot of people. There are a pot full more, but these will suffice to illustrate the civility of the source. As for Sen. McConnell, a personal opinion has always been that he is one of those Repubs that would like to be a Dem if he thought he could be reelected as such. Regarding the current DC topic, this may be the biggest charade ever swallowed by the GOP. McConnell may be in on it or perhaps it’s the first thing he has ever thought he had to crow about.


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