July 15th, 2010
05:58 PM ET
12 years ago

McConnell says GOP found their 'groove'

Washington (CNN) - The Republicans got their "groove back" after the Democrats began to get "cracks in their foundation" following a year and a half of governing, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday in a highly-partisan speech at the Young Republicans Leadership Conference.

The Kentucky Republican said the "Democrats were flying high" in 2009 when President Obama was inaugurated and that "the American people were eager to see their plan for addressing the nation's problems."

Meanwhile, McConnell said his party was portrayed as "beaten down, demoralized, and despondent." He said Republicans "were more likely to be a late night punch line than a relevant part of Obama's Washington."

McConnell cited what he considered "cracks in [the Democrats'] foundation." He said the stimulus package was "shoved down the throats of the American people," the Democrats introduced a budget "that doubled the debt in 5 years and tripled it in 10," and also a health care bill, that "will bring us higher, not lower health care costs."

It's a message that Democrats disagree with. Speaking Thursday in Michigan, President Obama offered a preview of the Democratic message for the midterm election, saying it is "absolutely clear" the nation's economy is headed in the right direction, and that "the surest way out of the storms we've been in is to keep moving forward, not to go backward."

"There are some folks who want to go back - who think we should return to the policies that led to the recession," Obama said of Republican critics, accusing them of choosing political obstruction over working with Democrats for solutions.

But McConnell made the argument that the GOP began to rebound after losing the 2008 presidential election by looking outside Washington to find its voice.

"We shared your frustration. And we girded for the fight, confident that we had supporters behind us. We broke out of the Washington echo chamber and fought the government-driven solutions that Democrats were proposing. We got our groove back," said McConnell.

McConnell said today, just over a year and half after the Democrats took over Washington, "Americans have lost faith in the Democrat Leadership and in government period."

"We needed jobs, and they gave us a trillion dollar boondoggle they call a Stimulus. We needed lower health care costs, and we got a 2,000 page bill that's expected to increase them. We wanted to put an end the idea that some companies are too big to fail. Today they're trying to pass a bill that institutionalizes it. Arizona needed the federal government to secure its border. They got named in a federal lawsuit," said McConnell.

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  1. brian

    Yeah, Mitch, the groove is that wide thing between your ears. Good luck shopping Angle and Barbie.

    July 15, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. vic of New Yotk

    The only "groove" Republicans have found is the groove to America's grave...

    Paved in unfunded tax breaks to the rich that have caused a trillion dollar deficit.

    Why Marco (Polo) Rubio, now has a campaign plan that would raise the debt to 3 TRILLION DOLLARS!!!!!!

    Marco (POLO) Rubio and the Republicans lie to the American Public that handing out tax breaks to the rich is a "good thing" – – So did GEORGE Junior BUSH!

    July 15, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. bbrooker

    Sorry McConnell, YOU may have your groove back but it's the same old groove shared with oil, business, bigotry, and preying on the fear of ignorant people in times of crises. Instead of doing anything good for America your one and only tactic was to destroy this country from within by thwarting the President's agenda to get this country back on track. I have lost ZERO faith in MY President, and despite the slime you Republican creeps sling, I believe this country will move forward, progress and survive your political terrorism.

    July 15, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    It started looking for corporate money - and it found it. Corporations pay them to say NO.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE. Vote out the party of NO.

    They-re holding off on jobs to bring President Obama down. VOTE THE REPUBLICANS OUT. Our votes mean more than corporate money.

    July 15, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. B.H.

    The GOP is a big corporate interest racket run by a pack of scoundrels who wouldn't know the truth, honesty, or fairplay if they sat on it.

    July 15, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. bobden

    McConnell, you are a very dishonest person. You should return the money you took to represent the country. You represented no one except you rich corp aqnd banker friends.

    July 15, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Mickey, NY

    No, McConnell...the GOP is STUCK IN A RUT...the rut of doing everything it can to destroy this country...this is why you are domestic terrorists.

    July 15, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Hawk in Texas

    McConnell seems to forget that it was the republicans and bush that bailed out the banks.the party is also known as the lying party. it is also the republicans that want to do away with social sercuity, education and health care. why don't they give up their free health care. they are all millionaires they can afford to pay for it theirself. but they do not want the poor and elderly to have anything.

    July 15, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |

    Dream on Mitch. You sound good talking to your right wing nut base but you sound like an idiot to the rest of America. November will bring you a big surprise that will have you scratching for head for years to come.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    July 15, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. Donnatella

    They got their groove back alright, I can't stop laughing, just because they have a bunch of stupid teabaggers running around, and Fox New sprewing lies on a daily bases mean absolutely nothing. Please somebody tell me one thing a republican has done to get my vote, all they have done for the last 18 months is whine like babies, and say no, I am not impressed and I will not be voting republican come November.

    July 15, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Dennis1020

    What does McConnell mean "finding their groove" when the Republicans can't even get out of the rut they are in (Just say "No").

    July 15, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. JFK

    Thats a riot! The GOP have built their political foundation on the equivalent of gravel. And if this is their "groove", they can keep it. Its the same old divisive politics that focus on religious, abortion, or gun issues. NO THANK YOU! I would rather keep the Democrats and or Independents in office.

    July 15, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Larry

    If this is what Republicans call being in the groove ...

    Most Americans would call it "Being In The Ditch"

    Cracks in the Democrats Foundations ... ????

    OK folks lets all sing along ...

    McConnells got Hiiiigh Hopes, ... Hes got Hiiiigh hopes

    Such foolish, Outrages, Pie In The Skyyy hopes ...

    July 15, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Jim El Paso Tx

    OLD Mitch is really funny! That groove is really the same old DITCH they've always been in:)

    July 15, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Kevin Collins

    Hmmm, a question: Why aren't all these Young Republicans not currently enlisted in the military and fighting in the Bush administration's lies-based Iraq War that they favored so much back in the day? Well, we all know why: They're armchair-warmongers who love the heck out of war just as long as, of course, they don't actually have to go and fight in it.

    July 15, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Larry

    The Dems have found the GOP's groove too.

    And we're going to show them where it is in November.

    July 15, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. Doug

    Senator McTurlte is dreamin!

    July 15, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Dennis

    Under Bush we saw $1.79 a gallon gasoline turn into $4.00. Under Bush we saw a surplus turn into a $12 Trillion deficit. Under Bush we saw billionaires made out of millionaires. Under Bush we saw an unregulated Wall Street trash the economy. Under Bush we huge bonusus paid to corrupt corporate leaders to run companies into the ground. Under Bush we saw millions of jobs lost. Under Bush we saw our 401(k) plans wiped out by the Las Vegas mentality on Wall Street. Under Bush we saw the interest rate on our CD's go to nearly zero. Under Bush we saw a trillion dollars spent on a war that murdered over 5,000 of our brave servicemen and women. Under Bush we saw the greatest recession since the Great Depression. Is the groove you found between your backbone and your balls? If so, get your head out of it.

    July 15, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. Susan L.

    HA!!! What a joke!!! First, any idea of McConnell grooving to anything is disgusting to think about. Imagine the waggling jowls. Ewww! But polls are not showing that people are turning to the GOP. They're pissed at the Democrats, no doubt. A bit disappointed in President Obama. But they still overwhelmingly blame the Republicans for the mess that we're in and hate them even more than the Democrats. Which is saying a lot, admittedly. So if the Republicans "Groove" is basement dwellers, then, sure, they found their Groove!

    July 15, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. fideauxdon

    Mitch is mistaking a a Rut for a Groove. A rut is when you have only one answer (Cut Taxes for the Rich) for every problem. That's been their proposed solution for everything since the Gipper was playing President. It didn't work then...it won't work now!

    July 15, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Paul

    The Wall Street fatcats along with their GOP friends are responsible for the loss of milions oj jobs, homes and lives across America. We have not forgotten who was in charge of our nation (President BUSH) "when the Wall Street fat cats and their GOP pals almost destroyed our economy. Neither have we forgotten their response to Katrina, 9/11 and the unending/ unjustified war in Irak. They are just a group of hypocrites trying to blame
    the Obama administration for the results of their greed and failed policies.
    Do we want to go back to the Bush-GOP era or should we move forward with a new and better strategy?.
    God bless America and may he deliver us from those who put their greed before our families.

    July 15, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Cynthia - Arkansas

    WHAT IS HE SMOKING? Groove? It's called saying NO and gripping and whining about everything OUR President has tried to do to save us. They are useless. NO is not leadership. NO does not solve anything. Get with the program and stop this bull. No unemployment benefits for the people who need them at the same time the Republicans are talking about permenant tax breaks for the RICH. They are sorry and should be ashamed. The sad thing is, they're not.

    July 15, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. BobH

    It's amazing that they got their groove back the moment they stopped governing and cranked up their non-stop obstruction and criticism machine. It's a lot easier to tap into people's anger and frustration than it is to do something constructive.

    July 15, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. marlene

    Sen. McConnell has the groove all right. He has lead the GObP obstructionist party, – ie the "Party of No" in their fight to see the American economy continue to tank. The GObP's groove has worn so deep that I hope they can't get back on flat ground. During the 8 years of the Bush administration the job growth was just over 3 million, which didn't even keep up with population growth. The GObP doesn't know how to grow the economy, they just want the rich to get richer and put money into the GObP campaign coffers. Look at who the GObP supporters are: Big business, big oil, big banks, the Chamber of Commerce, big health care industry, big corporate America. Where are those representing the middle class and small business? Forgotten!

    July 15, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Future expat

    Revisionist history- a favorite tool of the GOP- now takes place IN REAL TIME. Also, in their bizarro world, nothing happened before 12:00pm EST on Jan 20, 2009.

    July 15, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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