"We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And, we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, 'Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job. The single most important thing (i.e., the "job") we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president'...IF PRESIDENT OBAMA DOES A CLINTONIAN BACKFLIP, IF HE'S WILLING TO MEET US HALFWAY ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES, IT'S NOT INAPPROPRIATE FOR US TO DO BUSINESS WITH HIM."
- Senator Mitch McConnell (D-KY), interview with National Journal magazine, 27 October 2010
“Over the past week, some have said it was indelicate of me to suggest that our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term in office. But the fact is, IF OUR PRIMARY LEGISLATIVE GOALS ARE to repeal and replace the health spending bill, to end the bailouts, cut spending and shrink the size and scope of government, the only way to do all these things is to put someone in the White House who won’t veto any of these things. WE CAN HOPE THE PRESIDENT WILL START LISTENING TO THE ELECTORATE AFTER TUESDAY'S ELECTION, BUT WE CAN'T PLAN ON IT.”
- Senator Mitch McConnell (D-KY), speech to the Heritage Foundation, 3 November 2010
“Well that is true, [making Obama a one-term President is] my single most important political goal along with every active Republican in the country. BUT THAT'S IN 2012. OUR BIGGEST GOAL FOR THIS YEAR IS TO GET THIS COUNTRY STRAIGHTENED OUT, and you can’t get this country straightened out if we don’t do something about spending, about deficit, about debt and get this economy moving again. SO, OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE A ROBUST VIBRANT ECONOMY THAT WILL BENEFIT ALL AMERICANS, and that’s why I think this debate that we’re having right now is so important to our country’s future.”
- Senator Mitch McConnell (D-KY), 10 July 2011
And, puhlease, save it with the caterwauling. I remember when Dick Gephardt said, "every time the stock market drops 100 points, we pick up another House seat" in an interview with The Hill.
If you don't think Democrats had a unified goal of defeating Bush, you didn't live through the 2004 election. So, please, save it with your whining.