Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came out yesterday, and said that his top priority, now that his party has retaken Congress, is the defeat of Barack Obama in 2012. It’s amazing to me that with unemployment over 10% and our men and women still dying in Afghanistan that the defeat of our elected President, Barack Obama, in two years could be his top priority, but nothing surprises me anymore. This is, it would seem, what the people of America want. The Republicans spent the last two years earning the title of The Party of No – voting as a unified front against every Democratic initiative, and, at the same time, not coming forward with any new ideas of their own – and it paid off big at the ballot box, with victories across the board. And, now that they’ve won, there’s no reason to believe that they’ll stop. In fact, word on the street is that they might take things a step further and bring the entire federal government to a standstill.
Tim Walberg, the winner of Michigan’s 7th Congressional District race, is making the national news today, threatening to do just that. He’s quoted as saying that if Obama doesn’t start doing what he and the Republicans want, they’ll bring everything to a screeching halt. Here’s a clip from Think Progress:
Tim Walberg (R-MI), a proud birther who has threatened to impeach President Obama, won his election over Rep. Mark Shauer (D-MI) earlier this week. Shortly after his victory speech, Walberg spoke with the Jackson Citizen Patriot to outline his agenda. “(Voters) are repudiating what is going on by politicians in general, and more specifically, this administration,” he said. If President Obama does not follow the Republican “mandate,” Walberg made clear that he will force a government shut down:
He said Republicans can work together to get things done with the Obama administration, but that will be up to the president. If Obama, like then-President Bill Clinton did after the 1994 midterms, responds to the mandate from voters and understands he can’t disregard it, then he thinks Obama will do well. “If he doesn’t, he will shut government down,” Walberg said….
And, here’s the best part – if Walberg is instrumental in making this happen, the men and women of western Washtenaw County have themselves to blame. Walberg beat his opponent, Mark Shauer, by just 10,734 votes, and Western Washtenaw is among those areas in the 7th Congressional district that Walberg, the unapologetic birther, carried. It’s an embarrassment to our region, and we shouldn’t have never let it happen. The 7th is a district that the the Republicans poured a ton of money into, and we should have done a better job of countering it. Here, on the subject of Walberg’s funding, is a clip from MLive:
…In the end, likely more than $10 million will have been spent (on the Shauer/Walberg race), including more than $1 million from the National Republican Congressional Committee, which committed more money to this race than any other district in the country…
Why is it, I wonder, that the Dems at the national level didn’t see this fight as worth the investment?
And, more importantly, how are we going to change the dynamic in Washington so that there isn’t an incentive for politicians to sit on the sidelines and not participate actively in the creation of solutions for the serious problems that face us?