When Barack Obama first took office many conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh spoke about their hope that Barack Obama did not succeed. They have done everything possible to stifle progress and economic recovery in the hopes of achieving this goal. If they retake control of the Senate will they now make fixing the economy their top priority? No. Mitch McConnell admits that their top priority remains the pursuit of power–in this case improving their party’s prospects of winning the White House in 2012:
MCCONNELL: We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”
NATIONAL JOURNAL: What’s the job?
MCCONNELL: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
At least nobody can accuse the Republicans of flip-flopping on this.