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Jim DeMint: Iíll use every tool I have to stop the McConnell plan
Hotair ^ | 07/15/2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 07/15/2011 7:36:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Right now, Senate caucus leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are putting their heads together to flesh out the specifics of the Plan Z proposal McConnell floated at the beginning of the week. Reid’s involvement has actually improved the idea, National Review’s Rich Lowry concedes, but that doesn’t give conservative firebrand Senator Jim DeMint any warm fuzzies. On Twitter a few minutes ago, DeMint announced that he would block the McConnell plan if presented to the Senate with “every tool” at his disposal:

JimDeMint: I’ll use every tool in Senate to stop passage of “Plan B” blank check debt limit increase.

JimDeMint: No Republican was elected to give President Obama more power and that’s what this plan does.

Every tool means three in particular: the hold, the filibuster, and withholding unanimous consent. The hold is not a permanent block on consideration, however. Senate rules allow for holds to be overridden, although it takes days of floor votes to do so. It’s actually similar to the filibuster, as the remedy is the cloture vote to end debate as in filibusters. If McConnell and Reid united on a plan, one would presume that they could carry enough votes to reach 60, especially since Democrats in the Senate would probably follow the White House lead on this plan.

Unanimous consent is another matter entirely. One Senator can force a near-stoppage of Senate business by withholding unanimous consent simply by objecting to every time-saving order of business on the floor. Bills would have to be read aloud in their entirety as an example, or roll call votes conducted to bypass those requirements. It’s the tedium option, and in this case DeMint has a big advantage: the calendar. A solution to the debt-ceiling issue is now pressing, and the longer DeMint can stall the Senate on all of its business, the more distant the prospects for this proposal becomes.

DeMint is right that this gives the President more power on the debt ceiling, although it’s not entirely unchecked power, and it is for a limited time only. It comes with a price — the responsibility for unpopular increases and further spending. But politically, DeMint is right that handing more power to Obama is not the kind of action that convinced voters to send more Republicans to Congress.

The better bet would be to have the House pass a short-term debt-ceiling increase with balancing spending cuts, and dare the Senate and the President to kill it. Is Boehner moving on that front yet?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: debtceiling; jimdemint; mcconnell; mitchmcconnell
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1 posted on 07/15/2011 7:36:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

forget plan B! no debt increase, no default! govt will “wither on the vine”! this is our last chance!


2 posted on 07/15/2011 7:39:37 AM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW! (If you agree make this your tagline))
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To: SeekAndFind

1. Put McConnel into a toilet.
2. Use the toilet in every possible manner.
3. Flush it.
4. Flush it again.
5. If he still appears, get a bat and bash him back down.

He is slime.
He is scum.
He (almost) as without merit or brain is the Obama-clod.


3 posted on 07/15/2011 7:43:44 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: 506Lake; alrea; Amanda King; americanophile; Babsig; be-baw; Canticle_of_Deborah; Cheap_Hessian; ...
Precisely what we've come to expect from Jim DeMint. I'm proud to have him as my Senator. (And just the opposite for Linda, but that's another story :)

  
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Want on or off this ping list? GET WITH THE PROGRAM! Just FReepmail me.

Follow Sen. DeMint on Twitter.

4 posted on 07/15/2011 7:44:33 AM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: rokkitapps
Why would you give your enemy weapons (debt ceiling 2 trillion dollar check) and expect good to come out of it? Interesting times we all live in. n/s
5 posted on 07/15/2011 7:47:26 AM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kufir!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good. Block it.


6 posted on 07/15/2011 7:47:59 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SeekAndFind

Fishlips surrenders. Again.

7 posted on 07/15/2011 7:48:24 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Da Coyote
The 'Snake-Oil' salesman strikes again...


8 posted on 07/15/2011 7:48:45 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: Da Coyote

demanding a new Senate minority leader might be a good start
McConnell must have been severely compromised by something
The democrats must have pictures of McConnell doing the nasty with somebody or something


9 posted on 07/15/2011 7:49:28 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jim DeMint and Marco Rubio are the two best Senators we have.


10 posted on 07/15/2011 7:50:09 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: SeekAndFind
It is absolutely mindboggling that McConnell would attempt to author a bill that would give more power to a sitting president that is already managing like a tyrant in the first place.

I wonder if this will even go anywhere if the House rejects it.

11 posted on 07/15/2011 7:50:25 AM PDT by ducttape45
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To: The Bronze Titan

excellent, except turtles have backbones
well, OK, exoskeletons.... but they are not made of gelatin


12 posted on 07/15/2011 7:51:03 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: Snickering Hound

McConnell is an old school professional politician.

Everything he does is based on political calculus, and input from lobbyists and other big money donors. Everything.

That means, what’s good for America isn’t even part of his thought process. What’s good for Mitch is #1 and the only thing on his list.


13 posted on 07/15/2011 7:52:29 AM PDT by brownsfan (I miss the America I grew up in.)
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To: silverleaf

It must be something really bad like smoking a cigarette or screwing in an incandescent light bulb or grilling steaks on a gas grill.


14 posted on 07/15/2011 7:53:11 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: The Bronze Titan

Don’t forget Rand Paul.


15 posted on 07/15/2011 7:53:11 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 "Woe unto those who say they are Judah and are not, but are of the synaGOGue of Satan.")
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To: SeekAndFind
If McConnell can't stand up to the left he should not be leader. Give it to someone who can take the heat. We have brave people who are standing against Obama & we don't need someone who wants to be there friends. I'm tired of these politicians who think we sent them there to be friends. We sent them there to fight for what is right!
16 posted on 07/15/2011 7:53:11 AM PDT by Linda Frances
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To: silverleaf
-- except turtles have backbones well, OK, exoskeletons --

They have backbones, AND a shell. turtle skeleton - Google Search

17 posted on 07/15/2011 7:55:25 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: SeekAndFind

Mitchie the Kid McConnell is nuts. Thank God for Jim Demint.


18 posted on 07/15/2011 7:56:42 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The conservatives in the house should as a group declare that if this travesty is passed with rino + dem votes that they will switch parties immediately.

(Tea Party maybe ?)

Boner would not remain speaker.
Rinos would be universally despised going forward.


19 posted on 07/15/2011 8:00:25 AM PDT by Bobalu ( Palin: More woman than Michelle. More man than Barack)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s my turning lemons into lemonade scenario:
1. this awful McConnell plan passes;
2. In protest, DeMint resigns from the Senate, and Paul Ryan from the house, and jointly announce a DeMint/Ryan President/VP candidacy for 2012 under a newly formed political party-the Tea Party

This may be delusion or fantasy on my part, but McConnell disgusted me as much as I was in 2004 when Bush and Santorum helped Specter beat Toomey in the PA primary.

I always believed that the best strategy was to reform the GOP, rather than secede; but if the establishment embraces the McConnell plan secession may be in order.


20 posted on 07/15/2011 8:01:20 AM PDT by almcbean
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