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11/02/2010 10:42 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The First Election Results Are in!

Today's the day! And guesses are flying about what will happen. How will the political landscape change to address national issues of the most intensely critical importance? Of course the truth is, no one has the slightest idea what the next two years will be like in American politics.

Actually... no, that's not true. We do know, because Mitch McConnell (R-KY), minority leader of the Senate has graciously told us.

The "single most important thing we want to achieve," the Republican leader informed the National Journal, "is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

Hey, folks, all of you in deep financial hell, out of work, losing your homes, praying that Congress will fix the economy -- I'm oh-so sorry. Thank you for playing, try again next time. Please pick up your lovely parting gift at the door. A lump of coal.

Nope, the most important thing the Republican Party wants to accomplish is making President Obama a one-term president. Whatever it takes. If that means putting off job-creation programs, or ignoring the economy, so be it. They're not the most important thing to get done. They can wait.

Because the "single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

Put everything else "on hold." After all, if people find jobs, if the economy gets strong... eesh, that would help the president. So, that can't be allowed. Block it all, in order to accomplish Job One.

Those of you with loved ones fighting in Afghanistan or in Iraq -- sorry, you'll just have to wait to get them home. That would make the president look much too good. Never mind how good it would make the country look. That's so pre-2008 thinking. And it's not important.

No, the "single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

Now, surely there are folks who think the threat of terrorism is the most vital concern facing America today. And that we should do almost anything to fight terrorism wherever it's found. Oh, tosh, silly you. Terrorism doesn't compare to what truly is important to Republican leadership.

The "single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

That's what Mitch McConnell said. His words. The Republican Senate minority leader -- who, if he gets his grandest googly dream, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate.

That's his Pledge for America.

In truth, it doesn't matter significantly if Mitch McConnell is minority or majority leader when it comes to reaching his goal. He's said that everything Republicans will focus on for the next two years is not address problems the country is facing, but block Barack Obama.

Talk about patriotism! Talk about public service! Talk about duty!

Now, of course, after the Republican leader's words got out, and criticism starting pounding him, he began backtracking faster than a terrified matador. Trying pathetically to say what he "really" meant.

Spare us. We know what he "really" meant. The GOP has been doing this for two years, with their zero votes, filibusters, secret holds and supermajority requirements. Of course he "really" meant what he said --

The "single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

It's just that finally he said it out loud. Any Republican apologist who wants to twist into a pretzel explaining what the Republican leader "really" meant can only look the fool because they likely began dancing and throwing confetti when he said it.

Celebrating, all at the expense of lowering unemployment, turning around the economy, ending two wars, creating banking reform, improving education, healthcare, global warming...

No, no, they are meaningless. The "single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

And lest anyone think that Republican's Senate leader's word were those of a rogue GOP leader, his intransigence was echoed by the other Republican leader, in the House, John Boehner. "This is not a time for compromise," he said, "and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles." This from the same disingenuous, unprincipled hypocrite who for the past two years has whined for compromise: "All of the president's talk of post-partisanship, reaching out and finding common ground reminds us that the country deserves better than his hyper-partisan speech today."

That's the Republican Party. That's how little they care about the everyday guy. How little they care about Main Street. Fighting instead for tax breaks for the ultra-rich. Blocking unemployment payments for the needy. Campaigning against the minimum wage. Wanting to cut Social Security. Willing to put jobs, the economy and ending war on the backburner. Insisting instead that --

The "single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

That's what America faces in the next two years, whatever happens in today's election. When the nation drops deeper into a sinkhole, you now know why.

The greatest magic trick of our lifetime is the Republican Party convincing people to vote against their own interests.

We've all heard about throwing the bums out. This may be the first case of throwing the bums in.