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I’ve written some not-very-complimentary things about Mitch McConnell, but when it came down to this Supreme Court nomination, he got the job done.


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Caspar Milquetoast Strikes Again

Oh, Caspar…I wouldn’t have expected anything else. At least this time it’s in support of a good cause.

Beyond that, though, I think his hand was forced this weekend when not only did Boehner and Cantor come out in support of an earmark ban but even Obama talked up earmark reform in his weekly address. Siding against the new Speaker and his class of tea partiers would have been tough enough for McConnell, but ending up on the wrong side of the issue from The One? Unthinkable. His reelection bid would have been over before it began.

McConnell’s predilection to wavering under pressure may have worked to the advantage of fiscal conservatism this time, but it would be a pleasant change to see a Senate Majority Leader with more resolve.


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Obstructionists, 1; Democrats, 0

“I don’t see the votes for it at this time.

Mitch McConnell & John Boehner

Harry Reid & Nancy Pelosi

Expect the death of health care reform, as announced today by Nancy Pelosi, to be spun as a victory of the cruel, cold-hearted Republicans over the compassionate, big-hearted Democrats.

What a load of bull.

Pelosi went on to say:

“The members have been very clear in our caucus about the fact that they didn’t like it before it had the Nebraska provision and some of the other provisions that are unpalatable to them.

“In every meeting that we have had, there would be nothing to give me any thought that that bill could pass right now the way that it is,” she said. “There isn’t a market right now for proceeding with the full bill unless some big changes are made.”

With overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, and a Democrat sitting in the White House, Health Care reform could have been a reality on – oh, I don’t know – March 1st, maybe?

Not that I expect this to happen, but it’s time for the Democrats to stop blaming their inability to reach a consensus within their own caucus on obstructionist tactics by the GOP. Although if by “obstructionist” they mean taking measures to prevent lowering the quality of our health care system, bankrupting our nation and eroding personal freedoms, Republicans should treat the intended slur as a badge of honor.

(If the Democrats really want to do some serious soul-searching, they ought to stop claiming that the GOP hasn’t offered any alternatives, but I don’t expect that to happen either.)

H/T Hot Air

Update 1: Paul Ryan isn’t buying what Pelosi is selling, saying that Democrats are meeting to pursue the reconciliation option.

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Politics Is Sometimes Weird

Speaking of which, do you think Mitch McConnell and Patty Murray may have been separated at birth?


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Fight To The Finish

That’s all I ask.

This is the kind of fighting spirit I expect from the GOP Congressional leadership; a bold play on 4th and 18. Going for the win rather than the tie in overtime.  Instead, Mitch McConnell kicks a field goal to end regulation play.

Perhaps McConnell believes that capitulation is preferable to a glorious defeat in the defense of liberty and prosperity. Perhaps when he swore to “support and defend” the Constitution, he was just saying the words or perhaps he doesn’t think the Constitution is worth his best effort. Perhaps he doesn’t think the stakes are high enough to forgo his Christmas dinner in Kentucky. Perhaps he forgot that there are many thousands of US servicemen and women who won’t be making it home for Christmas this year or that United States Senators are above making the the same kind of sacrifice.

Perhaps he never watched Braveheart…

…Or The Return of the King…

…But perhaps he should as it appears that he could use an infusion of fighting spirit.


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And Now, A Word For Mitch McConnell From Sam Adams

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom–go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!  ~Samuel Adams

Thanks for the swell Christmas gift, Mitch, but I’m not really loving it and from what I hear, the return policy stinks.

So crouch down, Mitch. Go ahead, lick the hands that feed you; you’ve earned it! Try not to think about my grandchildren growing up to work harder and have less. Try not to wonder if they’ll be the first generation in recent times whose life expectancy will be shorter than their parents’.

Merry Christmas. Or whatever.


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Caspar Milquetoast And His Merry Band of Jellyfish

mitch_mcconnellIf the Stockholm Syndrome Republicans in the Senate, led by Caspar Milquetoast Mitch McConnell, aren’t the most ineffectual human beings on the planet, I hope I never have the misfortune of meeting those who are; yet we now find ourselves in the unenviable position of being forced to rely on these spineless weaklings to keep Harry Reid from rushing the country headlong into ruin.

Erick Erickson does an excellent job of detailing what the Senate Republicans could be doing to forestall passage of Reid’s health care legislation.

The Founding Fathers created a Republic, but 60 Senators are poised to take it away. With the pending disaster of the passage in the Senate of a bill nationalizing one sixth of the U.S. economy and our entire healthcare system at a cost of over $2.5 trillion, we are faced with a crucial question: are the Republican senators using every means at their disposal to stop this looming, tyrannical abuse of power? Unfortunately, the answer appears to be “no.”

The Senate, unlike the House of Representatives, has parliamentary rules and procedures that give the minority the ability to stall legislation. In fact, unlike the House, the minority have the ability to virtually paralyze the Senate. Doing so is not something we would want or expect for every bad bill that comes through Congress, but the proposed healthcare legislation is probably the worst piece of legislation ever considered by the United States Congress. It is the most intrusive, most damaging, most costly, most dangerous bill to the economic and personal freedom and liberty of individual Americans that Congress has ever considered. If there is any bill that deserves being stopped by shutting down the Senate, it is this one.

There are a whole series of parliamentary maneuvers that could be used by Republican senators to stop this bill. There is a hard backstop to the current process (Christmas). The Republicans’ goal should be to prevent Reid from passing the bill before that time. If he goes past Christmas and is forced to adjourn or recess, the momentum will shift in favor of those opposing the bill. (more…)

Could be doing, but aren’t. One is left with the feeling that Senate Republicans aren’t feeling the same sense of urgency about this legislation that I am. We need William Wallace; instead we have some elderly sisters all in a bother about whether to serve cucumber or watercress sandwiches at the next meeting of the garden club.

All we can do is watch in frustration and hope that McConnell has a secret plan of such exquisite perfection that mere citizens are incapable of understanding its arcane subtleties.


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