Right after President Obama took the oath of office Republican lawmakers and strategists met up for several hours in the Caucus Room, a high-end D.C. establishment, to conjure up ways to submarine his presidency.
According to Robert Draper's book the 15 participants of that night's meeting were Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). The non-lawmakers present included Newt Gingrich and Frank Luntz. Noticeably absent from the meeting was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) because of their admitted hatred for Frank Luntz.
Here is an excerpt from the book that details how the night played out...
The dinner lasted nearly four hours. They parted company almost giddily. The Republicans had agreed on a way forward:Draper then wrote that Newt Gingrich on the way out said "You will remember this day... You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown."
Go after Geithner. (And indeed Kyl did, the next day: ‘Would you answer my question rather than dancing around it—please?’)
Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies. (Eight days later, Minority Whip Cantor would hold the House Republicans to a unanimous No against Obama’s economic stimulus plan.)
Begin attacking vulnerable Democrats on the airwaves. (The first National Republican Congressional Committee attack ads would run in less than two months.)
Win the spear point of the House in 2010. Jab Obama relentlessly in 2011. Win the White House and the Senate in 2012.
So the next time you hear a Republican or some talking head on Fox News talk about how little Obama has accomplished during his first term we will now know it was because the the Republicans rigged the game before Barack Obama had even started playing.