As we come to President Obama’s second inauguration, it is encouraging to see that at least some in the media are finally focusing on the what happened during the president’s first inauguration. Considering the dire straights that the economy was in at the time, it is really hard to believe that these Republicans gave a damn about what might happen to the American people.
On the night of Barack Obama’s inauguration, a group of top GOP luminaries quietly gathered in a Washington steakhouse to lick their wounds and ultimately create the outline of a plan for how to deal with the incoming administration.
“The room was filled. It was a who’s who of ranking members who had at one point been committee chairmen, or in the majority, who now wondered out loud whether they were in the permanent minority,” Frank Luntz, who organized the event, told FRONTLINE.
Among them were Senate power brokers Jim DeMint, Jon Kyl and Tom Coburn, and conservative congressmen Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan.
After three hours of strategizing, they decided they needed to fight Obama on everything. The new president had no idea what the Republicans were planning.
Read more about the Republicans sabotage attempt at The Audacity of Nope.