Every political party is always concerned with the next election, but the leaders of each party usually at least pretend to have the best interest of the country in mind. Politics are always supposed to come second to serving the best interests of the American public. However, Minority Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) seems to be doing away with all pretenses, and openly declaring that the Republicans number one priority is defeating President Obama in 2012.
"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
McConnell could have mentioned any one of a number of other priorities that the Republicans hope to accomplish if they gain a majority, including, but not limited to:
- Helping the country recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
- Protecting the country from another terrorist attack.
- Ensuring the success of the United States' missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Instead, McConnell made clear that the Republicans will be thinking about 2012 as soon as the 2010 midterm elections are over. In an interview with the same magazine, President Obama expressed hope that he could reach bipartisan compromises with Republicans to improve America's infrastructure and reform education. The President expressed the same hopes for bipartisanship after being elected in 2008, only to be met with a stark reality of Republican Party bent on obstruction in hopes of a victory in 2010. The Republicans now seem to be reaping the rewards of their efforts over the past two years, and now plan on implementing the same strategy to try and win in 2012.