Above is a clip of Vice President Biden calling out the GOP for their inauguration night plan to obstruct and destroy President Obama’s every attempt to reach across the aisle in order to create programs and laws that benefit Americans. You can read about that unpatriotic plan and all about Robert Draper’s book here.
And now here’s an excerpt from Michael Grunwald’s piece in Time (h/t: @Morgfair) based on his new book, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era which reveals fresh details about the Republican plot to obstruct President Obama before he even took office. Back in 2008 there were not only secret meetings led by Eric Cantor Mitch McConnell to plan their 100% “Hell no!” plan, there was also some jaw-dropping pillow talk:
[Vice President Biden's] 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 said. The vice president said he hasn’t even told Obama who his sources were, but Bob Bennett of Utah and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania both confirmed they had conversations with Biden along those lines.
“So I promise you—and the President agreed with me—I never thought we were going to get Republican support,” Biden said.
One Obama aide said he received a similar warning from a Republican Senate staffer he was seeing at the time. He remembered asking her one morning in bed: How do we get a stimulus deal. She replied: Baby, there’s no deal!
“This is how we get whole,” she said with a laugh. “We’re going to do to you what you did to us in 2006.”
The question is, and this was posed to me on Twitter by the wonderful Harry Shearer:
“After McConnell said it publicly–#1 goal defeat Obama–why take O so long to get it?”
Why did the president take so long to get it? Did he want to reveal the GOP to be the obstructionists they were? That’s some price to pay. Or did he feel he could somehow transcend their destructive, nasty little scheme? Was he in such disbelief and/or denial that he persisted in spite of himself?
And why aren’t more people in the media talking about the GOP myth that it was the president who had been partisan and combative, when in fact, Obama reached out to these unpatriotic goons (when he should have known better)? Or was this part of that whole “chess game” he was playing?
If so, he lost. It’s good to see he’s pivoted away from that strategy and is finally standing up to them while allowing the GOP to expose themselves for the mean-spirited, self-serving, undemocratic players they are.