Skip to comments.Mitch McConnell To Filibuster Gun Control
Posted on 04/09/2013 5:43:09 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to filibuster new gun control legislation, putting up a significant roadblock to Democratic efforts to move forward on the measure this week.
McConnell is now the 15th Senator to sign on to the Republican gun control filibuster, an effort that has been spearheaded by conservative Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
As the top Senate Republican, McConnell's support gives the filibuster a much higher chance of success, imperiling the already-delicate bipartisan negotiations on new gun control measures.
McConnell's promise to filibuster also deflates criticism from the more moderate wing of the GOP. During an appearance on CBS's Face The Nation Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) seemed bewildered by the idea of the filibuster, and called on Republicans to allow debate over the bill.
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He needs to tell the others where he found his balls. Maybe theirs are in the same location.
That is not the leadership I might have hoped for from our designated party "leader", but I'll take even late support for defending the Constitution peacefully. Paul, Cruz, and Lee all rank well above McConnell as patriotic leaders.
I am still “bewildered” that McCain was EVER the Republican nominee for president!!
Rand Paul made a lot of points with a lot of people during his recent filibuster. Even McConnell was smart enough to see that outcome...
Filibuster any gun control bill until the end of time.
You make a good suggestion.
Maybe Mitch could explain it to McCain who says he doesn’t understand. Although how any American cannot understand is beyond me.
It’s about time Republicans stopped hiding in their office closets and started bringing the fight to the idiot Democrats.
He is scared of a primary challenge now.
And yet... we made him our nominee!
The entire primary system is broken! two nominees in a row that shouldn't even have been given the time of day.
Could it be ole’ Goiter is growing a pair of cojones? Or just covering the spread?
If I were McConnell I’d be sending a message to the two Turncoats either quit conspiring with the enemies or your committee seats will disappear.
I hear ya......we have no party.
Same here, and even MORE bewildered he ever decided to take Sarah Palin on as vice president. Before that move literally no one ever heard of her before and look at her now.
(I doubt it -- whatever polls that the Democrats are relying on say, they don't measure the strength of support for the Second Amendment -- and turnout for rallies in support of the 2A even in the darkest blue states has been much larger than the gun-grabber rallies. I think Obama's focus on gun control is likely to increase voting by gun owners more than it increases voting by libs.)
Having Senate Minority Leader McConnell joining to support the filibuster suggests 1.) the Republican leadership is aware of their strategy and 2.) Obama might just fall flat on his face (again) with this.
My $0.05 ($0.02 with Obama-Bernanke's 24/7 money-printing inflation.)
What will Senator “Wacko Bird” McCain do now?
Some here may criticize the time it took him to join us, but I will assume that his position as minority leader required more time to assess the situation.
So what if Paul, the junior senator from his state of Kentucky, is outshining him on every issue. So what if his so-called leadership is a vacuum that has been filled by the Paul-Cruz-Lee trio of conservatism? McConnell has bigger issues to review.
So what if a basic Constitutional right is being challenged? All aspects have to be considered and it was good that McConnell took the time to do so.
If McConnell feels that he must lead from behind the initiative of others, then I welcome his decision to do so. Leaders shouldn't be expected to be innovative or aggressive. I'm glad that Mitch McConnell has decided that relevancy is not a trait of a leader and is willing to allow these newbie senators to exhibit their abilities to be Constitutional Statesmen and establish their own relevancy while they protect the American citizens from tyranny. Again, Mitch McConnell's support is welcomed!