Once again, a top Republican member of Congress has revealed his party’s true priority — and it’s not governing the country.
In a remark that brought back memories of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell saying that the GOP’s top priority was “for President Obama to be a one-term president,” House Rules Committee Chair and former two-term National Republican Congressional Committee boss Pete Sessions now says that his party’s every effort in Congress should be directed toward “messaging to win back the Senate.”
In an interview with Roll Call magazine, the Texas congressman addressed his reputation as a partisan hack.
“Every room I walk into, and every elevator I go into, there are people there that know who ramrodded the effort to replace Nancy Pelosi,” Sessions said. “I get that.”
But while most people would say that the the job of Congress is make laws that improve the state of the nation, Sessions still sees things a bit differently.
“Everything we do in this body should be about messaging to win back the Senate,” Sessions said. “That’s it.”
In the interview, Sessions embraced his tough-guy image.
“Between being a Scout master and working with young kids and being a father of a disabled child, I got patience,” he said. “But not for bulls**t. You come up here and you’re a professional and you have ideas, I’m ready to look at that. You come up here, you want to run the committee or shake us up or come at us, I don’t allow that.”
In a 2010 interview, Kentucky Republican and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell told the National Journal, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
McConnell said that it would “not be inappropriate” to deal with Obama, but only if he were to do “a Clintonian backflip” on issues he supports.
Sources: Roll Call, Salon, Washington Post