Appearing on CNBC yesterday morning, presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was asked about the latest dismal jobs report and whether higher unemployment rates might help her chances of winning in 2012. “Does it strike you that as the unemployment rate goes up, your chances of winning office also go up?” host Carl Quintanilla asked. “Well, that could be. Again, I hope so,” Bachmann replied.
On Feb.15 during a press conference in the lobby of the Republican National Committee Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) said, “In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. If some of those jobs are lost, so be it. We’re broke.”
In an interview with the National Journal on Oct. 25, 2010 Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was asked what “the job” of Republicans will be if they gain a majority in Congress. McConnell’s response was, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
And who can forget Rush Limbaugh’s infamous statement in Jan. 2009 that he hopes Obama fails…
So Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently asked a question that’s been on the minds of many Democrats and progressives: Are Republicans sabotaging the economic recovery as part of their quest to defeat President Obama next year:
“We need to start asking ourselves an uncomfortable question – are Republicans slowing down the recovery on purpose for political gain in 2012?”