Skip to comments.McConnell protects Republican brand while enhancing his own reputation
Posted on 08/02/2011 5:44:15 AM PDT by maggief
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) was the steadying hand that helped President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) strike a deal to raise the debt ceiling.
At a time when Boehner faced repeated insurrection from Tea Party-affiliated freshmen, McConnell calmed financial markets by declaring from the outset that GOP leaders would not allow the nation to default on its debt.
Over the weekend, he helped seal a bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling and avert the danger of missing the Aug. 2 deadline set by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
McConnells actions have won plaudits from Democrats, but they could make him the target of a conservative backlash.
Despite the political threat from his right flank, McConnell kept focused on his goal of preserving Republican chances of capturing the Senate in 2012. He feared that prize could slip away if Democrats successfully blamed the GOP for causing a national default and damaging the economy.
On Saturday, Vice President Biden called McConnell in an attempt to restart debt-limit talks with the GOP leadership, according to a Senate aide familiar with the sequence of events.
Later that day, Obama followed up with a telephone call of his own, hoping that McConnell could help end the partisan standoff.
McConnell has insisted throughout the contentious talks over spending cuts and taxes that he would not discuss anything without keeping Boehner in the loop.
Careful not to get cross-wise with the House GOP leadership, according to one aide, McConnell shuttled back and forth from his office to Boehners office on Saturday and Sunday, acting as a broker between president and Speaker. He used the red-painted hallway connecting their offices, which is off-limits to reporters, to travel back and forth.
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Yep! I can truly say that good ‘ol Mitch has certainly “enhanced” his reputation around here!
And this is supposed to what? Endear him to us? Do we pin a gold medal on him now or when dems and rinos can’t agree on what cuts to make and they gut our military? Or Granny goes over the cliff? What???
If this is the GOP *brand*, I don’t want it.
The “Republican brand” stinks.
McConnell has been undercutting things from the start. Wasn’t he the one who basically shot down Ryan’s excellent plan?
I think Boehner was unfairly (and way too viciously) criticized by many here, while McConnell was secretly maneuvering around and doing the Dems’ bidding from the Senate side.
Hence my tag....
Yeah, the markets are calmly crashing.
Pray for America
BS!!! McConnell and the RINOs fell for a sting operation by the dimocrats and MSM. They were had!!
If the media are saying nice things about you you're on the wrong track
Republican Media Rule #2
If the media gives you advice, the direct opposite is the most beneficial direction in which to take the country or your party.
They keep insisting on repeating this lie. Our problems have everything to do with the debt, and little to do with the debt ceiling. Markets would have reacted far better to the congress showing some real intention to stop the insane spending instead of making phantom cuts.
Funny isn’t it how McConnell was tool for Obama while demanding a bi-partisan deal out of one side of his mouth while telling republicans that it’s to insure that we have a totally partisan House and Senate in 2012.
All the while insuring the the republican establishment brand literally STINKS!
When McConnell loses his leadership position in the Senate, I’m sure he’s been promised a nice seat in the Obama cabinet should Obama win in 2012.
They're never going to like you so stop to trying to be liked and start doing what you said you would in your campaign.
Mitch McConnell. Part of the problem, not the solution.
I disagree—it was intentional. The GOP leadership, Democrat leadership and MSM are on the same team!
So much, BS and no hip boots, the little man from Kentucky needs to find himself a nice quiet retirement double wide.
Yeah, the Commies want to go steady with Yurtle.
Too bad mitch didn’t control the gang of 6 before they undermined CCB.
I think you could say with a good bit of justification that McConnell could be an Arlen Specter twin. I wonder how long we have to wait for him to switch parties too? It can't be soon enough for me!
We need to send in Trent Lott to give him “butch” lessons...how sad is that.
I used to think that too - that they were stupid and naive - but when you've been in office as long as B!tch McConnell, you learn how things work. They're not stupid, THEY LIKE THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE.
They just give us lip service and go about doing as they wish - politics as usual! They have NO intention of changing anything.
They will never vote term limits for themselves - is there any other option to force this upon them? A massive petition or something?
McConnell protects Republican brand while enhancing his own reputation
No barf alert?
Where is the “Hurl Alert”?
Big tent Republican squish club = no Tea Party Hobbits allowed.
What a cabal of freakoids in DC other than a select few comprised of those Hobbits.
I should have included a barf alert.
Here is what has to change: the Political Class deals with each member as though the members were in and of themselves a “vote” for or against something demanded by the Leadership. There is never any serious connection between Congressional Members and actual constituents when it comes to Leadership demands. That's why Boehner says “get your asses in line” - as if he's talking to a bunch of middle management underlings in a corporation he owns. It's a command so detached from the reality that it seems as though Leadership truly forgets these House members actually represent We The People, and are there to do what we asked them to do. All the Republican Leadership can say to them is "shut up & and sig with us and the Democrats", without remembering they're saying it to those who sent the Majority to the House.
Media wants to keep separated elected Republicans from Conservative constituents, and they threaten a merciless campaign of harassment to insure it. So long as the Republican Leadership cowers from this single fear, We The People who want to save America as we've known it, are on the brink of losing the fight.
While there are a lot of serious risks associated with it, I've been convinced for some time that the only solution to our current corrupt Federal Government is a Constitutional Congress called by the States. The Constitution allows for it. We just need enough red states to do it.
The Constitutional Congress could add term limits and balanced budget amendments to the Constitution. As if the scum in Washington would obey that part of the Constitution.
"The only thing that keeps Congress from being more corrupt than it is, is the fact that most of the Congressional hacks are inept bunglers." - - - Mark Twain
I can’t thank Mitch and Tammy Faye enough for introducing government by committee. Just helping the march toward totalitarianism move forward.
Where is the Barf alert?
One must conclude that McConnell is rivaling McCain as a democRAT-supporting media darling.
REPUBs need to learn that when the MSM bestows praise on them, something is wrong, very ,very wrong.
Arlen Specter...I hadn’t thought of him, but you’re absolutely right.
I think we´ve had it.
McChinless and Boner, what passes for “leaders” in the RINO Party. Both need to be primaried at the earliest possible point in time.
“I disagreeit was intentional. The GOP leadership, Democrat leadership and MSM are on the same team!”
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