In today's Chronicle column, entitled "Overly obstructed - deconstructed" in the print version and "The mythology of Obama's obstacles"in the SFGate version, Republican columnist Debra Saunders tries to spin the details of when and to whom Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said that the "single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president," into a Democrat-destroying myth. They got the time and place wrong, rants Saunders. But did they misquote? No. Did they take it out of context? No. He said it when it appeared the Republicans were on the verge of mid-term gains. He said it to an interviewer from the National Journal . He never denies saying it or meaning it.
And furthermore, that's not all he said. In explaining his comments in a speech after the 2010 election, he said the only way to achieve the Republican goals to "repeal and replace the health spending bill; to end the bailouts; cut
spending; and shrink the size and scope of government, the only way to
do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won’t
veto any of these things. We can hope the President will start listening
to the electorate after Tuesday’s election. But we can’t plan on it.
And it would be foolish to expect that Republicans will be able to
completely reverse the damage Democrats have done as long as a Democrat
holds the veto pen."
So, after criticizing Obama's programs ("damage Democrats have done"), and then because his new Congress will will not be able to "completely reverse" this damage, he needs a president who will not veto their programs. (Read the Glenn Kessler Washington Post "Fact Checker" article about who said what when here.)
So he said it; he meant it, and he reiterated it. It's a fact. It doesn't have wings, a horn in the middle of its head or live in a lake in Scotland. By focusing on the when and where rather than the what and why, Saunders is the one obstructing the truth, that the Republicans, led by McConnell and John Boehner, have made it their no. one priority to obstruct, deflect and prevent passage of any legislation Obama and the Democrats put forward, whether in the past they would have agreed with it or not. Like waivers in the welfare program their own governors asked for. And jobs for veterans.
But I guess in Republican-World, spin is everything. That's why Obama is looking good for a second term and Democratic chances for Congress are rosy. As long as we are talking myth and superstition, fingers crossed that it all doesn't get derailed by the very real voter suppression efforts now underway by Republicans in swing states.
Here's a quote for Ms. Saunders to ponder: Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai:"Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.” Let's see how she spins that one.