McConnell worked behind the scenes to make sure Obama had smooth sailing with no default through his re-election. McConnell's excuse for this approach is to say republicans need to avoid getting blamed.
8/2/11, "Republicans Turn to Dealmaker McConnell to Forge Compromise on Debt Limit," Bloomberg
"While Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell stayed out of the spotlight during much of the negotiations over the U.S. debt limit, the deal that’s headed for approval by Congress today has his fingerprints all over it.
Those who have worked with McConnell say that is typical of the lawmaker from Kentucky, a tight-lipped veteran of 26 years in the Senate who says little in public while wielding broad
- power behind closed doors.
He “tends to be underestimated by the press, because they don’t see him doing things,” said former Senator Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican and longtime ally. “He’s not at the microphones all the time, so they underestimate his capacity to do things. And he’s the last person in the Senate you want to underestimate.” ...
McConnell is credited with helping Republicans avoid being labeled obstructionists."...
(Translation: McConnell works to get Democrat deals done instead of representing Republican voters or even what's best for America. The importance of Democrats 'not being labeled obstructionist' or even doing what's right for America is never discussed. ed.)
McConnell also pushed hard for TARP and for it to have no strings.
"In 2008, when it mattered to oppose bank bailouts, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, led the push to steer the spigot of federal dollars into the vaults of the biggest speculators on Wall Street. While a number of Democrats and Republicans objected to the no-strings-attached bailout, McConnell objected to placing even the most minimal controls
- on the raiding of the national treasury."...