We will also hear, although perhaps not quite as bluntly, echoes of what McConnell told the National Journal’s Major Garrett a couple of years ago: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
The Republican’s so-stated one-item to-do list will probably be as truthful as it gets at the GOP national meet-up. Other than that, look for the not-so-loyal (to the nation) opposition to speak in specifics-free, vague generalities about what they’ll do once they’ve reclaimed the White House. There will be plenty of talk about encouraging the job creators (by not asking them to pay their fair share), but no mention of why so few jobs were created when the Republicans were in power during the Bush era.
In reaction to Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech from last month, in which the president pointed out that there are publicly funded systems in place that assist successful businesses, Tuesday night’s theme in Tampa is “We Built This.” We’ll hear first-person testimonials from small businessmen about how they did it all on their own.
But, you can bet $10,000 that you won’t hear Romney’s 2002 Winter Olympics opening-night speech in which he told the athletes, “You didn’t get here solely on your own power.”
Nor will we be hearing any speeches bragging about the GOP’s successes in its scheme to suppress the vote to make it much more difficult for African Americans to exercise one of their most precious rights in November.
Also absent will be any mention of Obama’s first two years in office, which arguably were the most impressive of any president since Lyndon Baines Johnson launched the Great Society. So you won’t be hearing about the president’s far-reaching consumer protections on the credit-card industry, the successes of his economic stimulus plan or his success in keeping GM from the brink of bankruptcy. You won’t hear about his executive order that assures Historically Black Colleges and Universities will receive $850 million in federal funds over the next decade.
Don’t hold your breath waiting to hear a speech bragging about how the Republicans have blocked as many measures as they could to assure the president’s failure — even to the extent of voting against bills they had once proposed pre-Obama.
You’ll hear how the United States lost its AAA rating last year under Obama, but you won’t hear we were downgraded because House Republicans played politics with the debt ceiling and refused to raise revenues.
No. You’ll hear them talk about a bitter, partisan president. You’ll likely hear, when Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and presidential candidate, hosts a series of public policy workshops for delegates at the convention, a repeat of his characterization of Obama as “the food-stamp” president.
And when the GOP convention ends three days later, you’ll probably find that you’re still hungry for the truth.
Cyber columnist Monroe Anderson is a veteran Chicago journalist who has written signed op-ed-page columns for both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times and executive-produced and hosted his own local CBS TV show. He was also the editor of Savoy Magazine. Follow him on Twitter.