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. they call me "tater salad"

    The truth will finally come out in due time Mitch, so enjoy your delusions of winning while it last cuz I guarantee you and the rest of the party of Gaint Orifice Pimple are going to get slapped with a big dose of reality come November when you end up losing even more seats than you did in 06 and 08 combined............BRING ON NOVEMBER!!!!

    July 15, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Rob

    it takes time to dig out of a hole as big as the Bush adminstration left us in....

    July 15, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Ennie

    For Mitch McConnell its all about who is flying high and who is flying low. Republicans will run on repeal and replace, its like one step forward two steps back. If Republicans will win their sits in the Senate then Jim Boehner (that really confused about out shore drilling ban, or I would say has no clue what does it mean)( you can find it on U-tube) will be speaker of the House and Rep. Joe Barton (who apologized to BP) will be on the top of Energy committee, imagine that, that's some scary staff. That will happen if Americans will vote Republican in November (its like jumping from fire and right in to the flames). If you think that President slow on delivering, imagine what will happen when we will again unleash Republicans.

    July 15, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. Independent

    Mitchy baby says they have their "groove" back....my answer is the same as theirs. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!

    July 15, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Bob(Illinois)

    It's easy to get your 'groove' back when all you have to do us remember to san "no" or "repeal the bill"!

    July 15, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. jeb bush

    robert creamer op-ed in the huffington post , is a "blueprint" for the democrats. its entitled ; the dirty lil secerts that the republicans don't want you to know. and it goes on to systematically tear down every case that the republicans can make as for claims ,positions, or reasons that they could take to the people to get the house or the senate seats back. it will be a missed opportunity if the dems thats running in the fall, don't use this factual opinion piece to counterdict the avalaanche for false claims and untruths that the republican party is about to unleash. dems i promise if you don't use this op-ed as a template you will stumble come nov. bscause the other side [repubs] is loaded for bear--– trust me. they have got their groove back maybe? maybe not.

    July 15, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. hypocricnnation

    It's Just Too Bad That The Republicans Groove Was Just Their Trick Knee Jerking. Then Again, I Heard They All Were Good At Dancing. Doing The Twist And Shout With The Truth, Doing The Hustle To Obstruct Progress. Also Doing And Being The Jerk!

    July 15, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" Economics has only left a wet spot on working America's shoes!

    Too bad their groove, put America in the ditch.

    July 15, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. Phiman

    "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.

    Oh, please. And how did we get in this big financial mess? Your party, Mr. McConnell! Was Obama to do nothing to help? You are the party of NO, except to large corporate interests. Please tell the truth.

    July 15, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Lucky Star

    Thank God!!!! Now maybe we can see this economy turn back around in November!!!!

    July 15, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. DENNA

    Is this man crazy? He, the Tea Party and their minions the GOBP have done everything they could to slow the progress in this country. Now he has the gall to suggest that the Democrats haven't governed. On the contrary, considering what President Obama has had to put up with from the Rethugs and those Blue Dog "Democrats" I think he has done very well. So don't hang your hat on the public believing much of what you say Mitchie baby.

    July 15, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Ancient Texan

    McConnell has it right, but it may not be that simple. The real conservative portion of the country was digusted with the wild spending during the Bush years and are even more irate by the insane spending of the Obama administration. They know how to vote in November, but the independents and moderate Republicans have a decision to make. If the polls are correct, they're getting it.

    July 15, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Hendrik

    Yup, they have got their groove back. The destructive, hate filled, fear mongering groove they are so famous, sorry infamous, for.

    As much as I hope that Americans can read through this and to vote for these clowns is counterintuitive, I am afraid that they will. We are not known as being the brightest bulbs in the house. As a matter of fact, we are just plain DUMB. But patriotic, mind you.

    July 15, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. JBsing

    Both parties have lost their groove. Both need to realize the American people want them to work together to solve problems. I consider myself an independent, although I continue to be impressed with President Obama and what he is accomplishing with the difficult situations the country faces. I think we need to stop the political posturing and recognize both parties have value to offer. I can't support any group or person that feeds on fostering anger and separating people for the purpose of political gain. I applaud the three republicans that bucked their party line and put the good of the people over their own personal gain. These people are truly public servants.

    July 15, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Marc

    More like the GOP found the No button, the brake petal, or the do nothing groove. America, don't forget who got us into this mess and who is proposing the very same ideas to get us out of our current situation that got us in.

    July 15, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. FL for Change

    Oh, please! Would someone tell me what – JUST ONE THING – the Republicans have done? They have done NOTHING to help me as a struggling teacher. All they have done is incite hatred and spew lies that the uneducated believe. They have constantly stood in the way of progress. This country needs more time to heal, and the Republicans need to find a way to WORK with the President rather than just say no. Yes, we're tired of it. But to return to the days of Bush/Cheney would be a MAJOR step backwards. History does not repeat itself. Let's remember THAT when we go to the polls this year.

    July 15, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. bob

    What? Are people really stupid enough to buy this? The stimulus was a bush program to further enrich big banks and wealthy individuals. Health care costs have gone up astronomically over the past 20 years – not just since the recent bill was passed. Military spending and idiot foreign wars started by bush are detsroying our financial underpinnings. Republicans do attract the stupid and uneducated, and that's a very big population segment in this country – let's just hope their few functioning neurons can remember where all the budget deficits, idiot wars, and big-government spending really got momentum – during republican administrations.

    July 15, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Stewart in OR

    You have got to be kidding – there is not a party or politician that has any semblance of grove. If they think they do – they are out of touch with their constituents.

    July 15, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. Jeff in PA

    Poor Mitch, He always has all the answers, NO, NO, NO. The American people are not going to forget who put us in the situation we are in now, It wasn't Obama. When ask what they would do if they are elected, Guess what its more of the same thing that put us here to begin with. Cut taxes on the Rich and Small Business and it will create jobs. (old trickle down). Same thing they always run on as long as I've been alive, if they ever come up with a new idea you can bet it won't benefit the little guy. What he doesn't tell you is that it increases the deficit that he is complaining about in this story. Two unpaid wars, prescription drugs for medicare, tax breaks for the rich all unpaid for during the Bush years, why isn't that putting debt on our grandchildren? I know because when the repubs spend they know what is best for us and refuse to even count it, it would have made them look bad. IMO anybody that falls for this crap is an idiot, period. Which is approx. 30% of the American population. Just this week I heard 2 different familys say that their college kids are going to be able to be left on their parents insurance, damn that Obama for shoving that down our throats and saving them money. They both vote Repub., I just had to laugh. GOD HELP US.!

    July 15, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. George

    What groove? I haven't heard a single workable solution to any of the problems that we face today from McConnell or anyone else in the GOP. All I hear is "Obama is bad. The Democrats are bad. Congress is bad. Washington is bad', followed by all the same recycled slogans we've heard since Reagan. Nothing new. Nothing proven. Nothing but exploiting anger directed at the left and the White House. So what groove have you found, Senator? Riding the wave of the "anti-other guy" is going to offer us anything? You must think everyone is as totally stupid as the people who believe that your party is about anything, except opposition to Obama. Unless you have something relevant to say or ANY ideas that we haven't heard a million times, kindly keep to yourself and try not to boast of success which is defined by what you are against.

    July 15, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. blue

    Mitch had a groove. They continue being the laughing stock of America. I don't know where to go with this. It is so stupid.

    July 15, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. Jon

    For four years, the Republicans had everything they could have ever hoped for: a Republican president, control of the House and the Senate, and (after 9/11) the media mostly playing ball. They then proceeded to lose it all. Until they truly and honestly deal with that, they will fail, and they will fail their country. One way or another.

    July 15, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. AndyBlue

    Are you kidding me? What groove? They have no ideas and obstruct everything that will help middle class while defending and fighting any laws to keep the big corporations from cheating the middle class.

    These republicans and their antics the past few years alone have been an embarrassment to watch.

    I will never vote for these losers ever again in my life. Lies. Nothing but lies and fear mongering. Truly disgusting people with no shame whatsoever.

    July 15, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. W.N. Sanabria, Escondido, CA

    It would be easier to buy the GOP argument if they had come clean; admit that they blindly followed Bush down a rathole that ruined the economy and got us into badly chosen wars. Instead they decided to obstruct all attempts to change direction, even when it was clear what that would lead to. Now they propose to govern by going back to the same failed policies. That is the purest definition of insanity – doing the same thing but expecting a different result. If the electorate buys it, we should then look in the mirror every time we want to find someone to blame.

    July 15, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Tony FL

    Groove? Intellectual and moral vertigo is more like it, and disconnect with reality to boot!

    July 15, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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