Just for the Record

by Jonah Goldberg

Since I brought it up here recently and everyone’s talking about it, I should say that I think Mitch McConnell’s statement that “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president” was politically dumb. It may be a true statement of his convictions. It may also be objectively accurate, given that very few of the things principled conservatives want to achieve can likely be achieved with Obama in the White House. But it won’t rev up the base (they can’t be more revved up, and it was in an interview with National Journal!), it risked turning off independents and moderates who are aligned — precariously aligned — with Republicans, and in some small way it further reduced the odds of making progress on various important issues for the next two-plus years. Fortunately, it seems to have largely been drowned out by the din of the coming tsunami. But that’s no excuse.

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