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. Retired army in San Antonio

    Seriously.......does anyone here actually BELIEVE that Rethuglicans even know how to groove?!?!?!?!?

    July 15, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Squigman

    The only thing worse than a pinch faced republican, is a pinch faced republican thats delusional.

    July 15, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. ConstitutionalPatriot

    We shall see McConnell, don't forget those angry voices of American all across this nation that see no hope in the current path and know it will only lead to misery. Start listening to us and put the Bush legacy to rest or we won't support the gop at all. I believe they are all the same owned by the bankers and corporate elite, but the republicans never tried to ram this much crap down our throats, and i never felt my freedom was in imminent danger like now though I despise the Patriot Act. We will give you the house to shut down this idiotic agenda, but we will not trust the gop so easily. Defend our Constitution first and we can go from there!

    July 15, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. normajean

    The Republicans say they have found their 'groove' Frankly I would call it a "rut', a hole in the ground that they may end up in while trying to down the Democrats at every turn. Don't they realize that the voters are not all stupid and that the Repubs can be hurt by the next election? Just how far do you think people can be pushed before they start to really fight back. I've talked to many people who feel as I do that the Repubs have gone too far and we will NOT vote Republican for any office.This party doesn't even care for its own people. I'm sure that there are millions of republican citizens just as millions of democrats that are hurting because of the Repubs actions. They don't care about their own either.The Repubs are led by money grubbing old men who only say "NO".

    July 15, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. dani mostes

    Like Republicans ever were in the groove? McConnell is out of it and so are the rest of the party of no.

    July 15, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. gordo

    Mitch is confusing "groove" with "ditch".

    July 15, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. astoria

    will never vote republican for the rest of my life. 8 years of Bush was enough! Democrats might not be the best, but still better than republicans.

    July 15, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. bk

    Does McConnell think we Americans have short memories? We still remember the previous administration and NO Repubs stepped up while the country was lead right into the dumpster. We remember all too well just who was in charge when the country's debt was driven by the President and Vice President's egos. Really, McConnell, keep dreaming that the American people think the Repub party is going to bring this country back to where we were before they ruined it. Ha, ha, ha!

    July 15, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Smart Human

    The Rethuglicans don't have a groove.

    With the power of the internet and 24 hr news, they can no longer hide under the rocks and in the shadows to conduct their greedy corrupt operations.

    They are an obsolete party that serves no purpose anymore except to represent old ideas and remnant racists in America.

    July 15, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. You have your groove back, huh?

    Is that why all but three of your party voted AGAINST the finance reform bill?

    July 15, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. Ricky Ohio

    grooving to the beat "NO"....no...noo.nnooo.. nnooo noo... OMGosh!... get a idea together than you can critique...

    July 15, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. Joey

    Obama-care needs to be repealed and replaced! The other thing that needs to be replaced this November is all the democrats!

    July 15, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Mark Ferbet, KCMO

    I don't see that. I think Americans are sick and tired of the BS that comes out of Washington. I don't think Americans are so stupid, they will willingly hand Congress back over to the Republican Party after they failed for 12 years to in their Contract for America.

    Republicans are a major source of most of the problems this country is facing to date. The Economy, the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our deficits, our lack of fundamental tax reform. Not enforcing immigration laws, etc... etc... etc... The list goes on and on.

    The Republican Leadership has not worked for this country in nearly two years. They have refused to LISTEN to the majority, while claiming that the minority represented "most" Americans.

    If this country puts Congress back in the hands of the Republican Party... then we American's... are fools.

    July 15, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Joaquin

    The Republicans may have been portrayed as "beaten down, demoralized, and despondent," but now they are negative, spiteful, and counterproductive. The party of "no!" has become unAmerican in their political self-interests. No health care? No financial regulations? No unemployment for the destitute? If that is getting their groove back they are a broken record.

    July 15, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. Jess C

    I don't think they'd know what a "groove" was if it bit them in the butt. They are riding on a false sense of hope that most Americans will be fooled by who got us in this current mess in the first place. They have no ideas; just a lot of sound bites and empty rhetoric to breathe fear into those who listen to their self-serving crap.

    July 15, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. Dont forget to thank a Globalist if you dont have a job.

    Old turtlehead found the groove on a record that keeps on skipping and playing the same old song,what a scumbag.

    July 15, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. john

    He must be smoking crack. Filibustering the unemployment bill because of the deficit and keeping the Bush taxcuts for earners over $200,000 and the deficit does not matter? The R behind the name must stand for retarded. My apologies to the handicapped.

    July 15, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. PacificView

    Which groove is that? The one that destroyed the economy or the one that started unnecessary wars?

    July 15, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. The Big J

    So they got their "groove back" on the backs of all the people that they helped create a miserable situation for? Meaning the population of the US? And this mooch of the taxpayers is crowing about that? Do some people have no shame? Obviously!

    July 15, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Mitch

    I'm curious...did CNN ever characterize a speech by Obama as "highly partisan?"

    I'll be not.

    July 15, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Given the amount of fighting between the Tea Party faction of the Republican party and the established old GOP guard – I'd hardly call that a "groove".

    Maybe by "groove" he means that they've finally decided to return to pushing the people (Bush, in this case Jeb) and ideas they have (tax cuts for wealthy) pushed for the last two decades. The old groove that led to our economy skipping.

    July 15, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. KO

    They only have their groove when it comes to ugly rhetoric. They are intellectually bankrupt, and shameless in their total opposition to anything Obama does. It's easy to oppose things...what do they want to accomplish??

    July 15, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  23. Thomas

    If "your groove back" means you've come up with legitimate ideas on how to run the country and turn the economy around, you've gotta a long way to go, baby.

    The Republicans groove is akin to finding their old 78 records. I hate to break it to Sen. McConnell, but the music technology has advanced pretty far from 78s and 8-tracks.

    July 15, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. quincy of nashville

    When will Americans stand up for America and stop all the hateful bickering? The Democrats seem to be spineless and intimidated. The Republicans are using the bully pulpit to steamroll over the American citizens. This is not politics- this is a new sport. Unfortunately, we are forced to suffer the consequences of this childish bickering and name calling game. This country needs strong leadership. And term limits.Enough of the loud mouthed ego maniacs and millionare politicians.

    July 15, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. got their "groove back"

    more like wallowing in the nasty water in the ditch beside the road

    July 15, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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