GOP Strategist Behind Republican Obstruction Of Obama Now Laughably Calling For Compromise

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In an op-ed for The New York Times that was published Thursday, Republican strategist and pollster Frank Luntz said that after winning the Senate majority, Republicans should work with Democrats and President Obama to find “common-sense solutions” to a number of issues. However, Luntz is one of the key figures behind the GOP obstruction that has plagued Washington since Obama was elected President six years ago. The famed Republican wordsmith was one of the organizers behind the infamous inauguration night dinner in 2009.

It was at that dinner, as Obama was celebrating his inauguration as America’s first black president, that Luntz and other influential Republicans gathered and decided that they would cause as much gridlock as possible in order to regain control of the House, Senate and White House. Republicans gained control of the House in 2010 during the Tea Party wave, thanks mostly to their objections over healthcare reform. Despite not winning the Senate or White House in 2012, the GOP continued their obstructionist tactics throughout Obama’s second term. Now that they took the upper chamber, many are now striking a conciliatory tone and claiming they want to work on bipartisan solutions.

In his column, Luntz wrote about how American voters don’t want anymore fighting between parties and that they are searching for compromise and progress.

[S]top blustering and fighting. Americans despair of the pointless posturing, empty promises and bad policies that result. Show that you are more concerned with people than politics. Don’t be afraid to work with your opponents if it means achieving real results. Democrats and Republicans disagree on a lot, but there are also opportunities of real national importance, like national security and passing the trans-Atlantic trade deal.

Aside from a small activist constituency, Americans are not looking for another fight over same-sex marriage or abortion. This isn’t to say that voters want their leaders to co-opt their convictions. People are simply tired of identity politics that pit men against women, black against white, wealthy against poor. More than ever, they want leadership that brings us together.

This isn’t about pride of ownership regarding American progress; this is about progress, period. Americans don’t care about Democratic solutions or Republican solutions. They just want common-sense solutions that make everyday life just a little bit easier. But they can’t get their houses in order until Washington gets its own house in order.

Of course, Luntz, Republicans in Congress and other influential conservative voices were the key perpetrators of gridlock, fighting and obstruction. For the better part of six years, Republicans on Capitol Hill have done their best to stand in the  way of any legislative progress in an effort to make POTUS look ineffectual and in over his head. This was all a very concerted effort to eventually wrest control of Congress away from Democrats. Of course, their hope was that Obama would have been a “one-term president,” as McConnell said in the President’s first term. However, they played the long-game well enough to eventually win over the Senate in 2014 as they got Democrats to play right into their hands down the stretch.

Don’t believe the hype. Republicans’ idea of compromise is essentially “Do what we tell you to do!” Right now, other than the voices on Fox News and talk radio, who are still spiking the football and claiming the election is a revolution and mandate of far-right values, Republicans are trying to sound reasonable and open to responsible governance and bipartisan compromise. It is all talk and there will be no action to back it up. Once the new Senators and Representatives make it to Washington in January, and the likes of Ted Cruz feel the power of the majority, all hell will break loose. It will be like a bad reality show.

36 Replies to “GOP Strategist Behind Republican Obstruction Of Obama Now Laughably Calling For Compromise”

  1. No compromise and if some cowardly democrat side with them against our core issues no money for you and LET THEM KNOW THAT!!!

  2. I hope the president sticks to his guns and doesn’t compromise with these lunatics who’ve considered it a badge of honor not to work with him for the past 6 years. I don’t trust any of them, or the Blue Dog Democrats.

  3. Obama has been trying to get these trash to work for OUR COUNTRY for years…their idea of compromise is for him to do whatever they want.

    I hope he does not give them a goddamn inch. Make THEM do some work.

  4. There is no common ground. Obama will sign executive orders and issue vetoes. The next two years are going to be hell on earth

  5. And they have already begun obstructing. Number one on the McConnell/Boehner agenda, the keystone pipeline, knowing full well the president is waiting on the senate to release it’s report. This is what republicans view as the number one issue to
    voters. LOL

  6. According to Draper, the guest list that night (which was just over 15 people in total) included 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, several years removed from his presidential campaign, and Frank Luntz, the long-time Republican wordsmith. Notably absent were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) — who, Draper writes, had an acrimonious relationship with Luntz.

    For several hours in the Caucus Room (a high-end D.C. establishment), the book says they plotted out ways to not just win back political power, but to also put the brakes on Obama’s legislative platform.

  7. This is what they do, act reasonable on the national stage to lure avg. people into thinking they care.

    Tax cuts, less regulation, TPP, will not solve our problems.

    A social safety net, good schools, breaking up banks and huge corporations, stop incarcerating our citizens, stop endless wars, fix infrastructure with green energies in play, ending Citizens United for a few.

    But that means change, sacrifice and admitting America is not necessarily exceptional. Also means accepting women and brown people as equals.

    Frank Luntz’s article is just a ploy. They are very good at misdirection. Avg. folks will read this and say, YES that is what we need, then not understand that he didn’t mean a word of it. Or, he means submit to Republican agenda which destroys us.

    Good grief, how will this end?

  8. It’s the Senate Democrats’ turn to filibuster every bill the Republicans bring up. What’s good for the goose…..

  9. 2 Quick question, Do Republicans now have the votes needed to override a veto? Do Republicans now have the votes needed to REMOVE President Obama from office?

    Answer: NOPE, NOPE, NOPE! And now for the next 2 years the President has the liberty to sign into law everything the obstructionist has blocked with an Executive Order!

    What did the GOP win………..seats with the power to do NOTHING they campaigned on.

  10. I hope to god they are all investigated and found guilty of illegal voting practice. To prison with all of them.
    They are feeling arrogant and full of themselves.

  11. Now that the GOP is in control, they want “compromise?” Didn’t Boehner say compromise was not in their vocabulary?

    They are all raring to go now, where were they the last 6 years? Sure, they will get stuff done, for Koch brothers and the other 1%, not for the rest of us.

    They don’t fool me one bit.

  12. Now the GOP has to work for their masters to pay back all the money donated to their slimy campaigns, and we are collateral damage.

    Thanks to all you Dems who didn’t vote.

  13. I can understand why the desire to give it just as good as we got it is strong, but is “no compromise” really our best strategy for keeping the White House in 2016? The GOP convinced too many voters that the Prez has failed. Imagine the ease with which they’ll paint us as obstructionists if we really aren’t going to compromise.

    (This is not to say that I actually believe Luntz now.)

  14. I still have a hard time understanding how repubs won in democrat states, and terrible repub govenors who have hurt their states re-won elections, it just does not seem possible.

    Maybe I pay more attention than the average voter, but there is no way in hell after watching the repubs in congress over the last 6 yrs, and watching the utter disrespect thet’ve shown this President, that I’d vote for a republican.

    And I used to be a Republican! But fell away during the Bush years and also fell for Barack Obama and his policies. It infuriated me to no end to watch the obstruction and disrespect.

    What about the mandates the American people overwhelming voted for in 2008 and 2012? I’m still waiting for those voter issues to be supported by the repubs. I’m still waiting for those repubs to do their jobs on those issues that I voted on!


  15. John Stewart said it best when he had a sign up on his show that said: “Vote for us or get beheaded while pooping blood”. They won on the ISIS Ebola fear card. People are too stupid in this country to see through the Frank Luntz shiny word creation machine. It was also a 6 year itch election. Have that veto pen ready Mr. President.

  16. Compromised on what? Tax cuts for the rich? Repealing the ACA? War with Iran? Keystone pipeline? Make no mistake that will there agenda. NO COMPROMISE. NOT ONE STEP BACK

  17. Koch, Boehner, McConnell, Ryan, already hearing CHA-CHING. They will pass everything that benefits their offshore accounts.

  18. Right-Wing Media Wants Obama to Surrender to Election Results, Unlike What It Asked of GOP in 2012 Let’s face it: Yesterday, President Barack Obama could have invited John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to his press conference, announced that he received the message from the election, got on his knees in front of the Speaker and the incoming Majority Leader, unzipped their flies, took out their dicks, and sucked them and jacked them off, and all the right-wing media would have talked about is how arrogant he was not to let them fuck his ass. “Is Obama’s asshole too good for cock?” they would have tweeted mightily. “Obama didn’t lick their balls, so that must indicate he is anti-Tea Party,” others would have conspiracy theorized. And, honestly, this ain’t that far from what they really said. – See more at:

  19. That is true, plus Luntz isn’t an idiot. He knows full well how many red seats are up in 2016 and he knows well that Democrats vote more in Presidential years, so he knows they stand to lose the 60 seat super majority with 22 red seats coming up as opposed to 10 blue ones. I am sure he also knows that 64% didn’t vote in this election.

  20. Republicans don’t want compromise. They want surrender. Democrats need to give them a taste of their own medicine and obstruct, delay, and filibuster every single bill that the GOP leadership brings up, no matter how benign it is (and have no doubt, most of the bills will be written by their extremist Corporate Overlords anyway). Let’s see how they like trying to override bill after bill.

  21. For the years that the GOP has held the majority in the House and sufficient berths in the Senate to ball things up, the Republicans have played obstructionist politics.

    From Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS): “In the ‘do-nothing Senate,’ there are 352 House bills ‘sitting on Harry Reid’s desk awaiting action,’ including 55 introduced by Democrats.”

    Politifact gives the statement “half-true”, blaming both GOP and Dems for “stuff that will never get through,” but also notes that a lot of what’s “on Reid’s desk” is the usual Senate backlog waiting for committee recommendations, Senate-originated [duplicate] legislation, etc.
    Having mentioned all that, I’ll note the 40-odd bills passed by the House to dismantle, defund, repeal, or otherwise thoroughly disable the ACA. This is not a thorough waste of time? Boehner actually thought this to be “co…

  22. Luntz, better informed than most GOP/Tea Party members, sees that now the group that shut down the government and prevented any action except repealing ACA must PROPOSE and not just OPPOSE. Nearly 50% of their party said they must comprise and act with Democrats. A number of states, while electing DOP/Tea Party to the House and Senate also voted to pass hikes in the minimum wage and other liberal acts. These GOP/Tea Party members have no plan, do not agree on a plan, don’t want to have a plan, would not recognize a plan, yet they want to govern. Luntz can see very clearly the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, a Democrat wins big, UNLESS these nay sayers do something. He understands the meaning of their very low approval rating and what must be done to change it. They have indicated that it makes no difference but we will see in 2016,

  23. Someone want to get this jacka$$ a dictionary?

    “Compromise” does NOT mean “give us everything we want or the country gets it!”

  24. So the first things out of his mouth are “national security” and “trade deals.” They just happen to be the only two things Republicans care about. Busted!

  25. Dems need to take a page out of the GOP playbook and repeatedly point out their relentless propaganda for the past few years and do it constantly while voicing all the good things Dems have done and would have done if not for the obstruction and keep it up. And stop being so soft-spoken. Ramp it up! People love all that drama. Why do you think they watch FOX news channel?

  26. The problem is that McConnell has already said that they’ll put things in the budget which can’t be filibustered. He’s been there 30 years. He knows every trick in the book, including blackmail. He said they wouldn’t shut the government down. Translation: They’ll make it look like Obama shut the government down….just like they tried to do the last time.

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