Politico–tough to consider this a constructive attitude:
President Barack Obama is aiming to вЂњannihilateвЂќ the GOP during the presidentвЂ™s second term, House Speaker John Boehner says.
вЂњAnd given what we heard yesterday about the PresidentвЂ™s vision for his second term, itвЂ™s pretty clear to me that he knows he canвЂ™t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans,вЂќ Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a gathering of the Republican-oriented Ripon Society on Tuesday, a day after President Barack ObamaвЂ™s second Inaugural address. вЂњSo weвЂ™re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this Administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party. And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal вЂ” to just shove us into the dustbin of history.вЂќ
BoehnerвЂ™s comments came in the wake of what critics called an unusually partisan inaugural speech from Obama, who pledged commitment to liberal priorities including climate change, protecting entitlements and gay marriage.
President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address received high marks from base Democrats, many of whom had felt frustrated by Obama’s long and usually fruitless negotiations with Speaker John Boehner and congressional Republicans–negotiations in which Obama was seen making concession after concession to Republicans, and still failing to attract their support. And it needs to be said every time–the things Obama wants enjoy popular support.
Bottom line: Boehner’s charge that Obama wants to shove the GOP “into the dustbin of history” is laden with irony after GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s promise in 2010 to render Obama a “one-term President”–his “top priority” as you recall. Arguably, Obama’s first four years in office amounted to one massive campaign by Republicans to shove Obama “into the dustbin of history.” And as opinion polling shows the public understands today, this was done without heed to the collateral damage: to the economy, or to the public’s confidence in any of our leaders.
And now that they have failed, totally failed, it’s Obama who wants to “annihilate” the Republican Party?
No, folks. If that’s what happens, history will record they did it to themselves.