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Behind the scenes of a dramatic debt vote
Politico ^ | 2/12/14 | MANU RAJU and BURGESS EVERETT

Posted on 02/12/2014 4:22:42 PM PST by jimbo123

Sen. Ted Cruz and the GOP rank and file ultimately backed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn into a corner on the debt ceiling increase.

The leaders had wanted to allow the toxic measure to pass with just 51 votes so all 45 Republicans could vote against it. But Cruz, the Texas tea party freshman, demanded approval by a 60-vote threshold.

So McConnell and Cornyn tried to persuade more than five Republicans in safe seats to support the plan, but they were met with stiff resistance. No Republican wanted to be vote No. 60 on a bill to raise the debt ceiling without spending cuts, forcing the GOP leaders to secure a comfortable margin of victory or risk being blamed for a historic debt default.

Miffed that they have long been asked to take tough votes when the GOP leaders voted ‘no,’ Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski, privately pressured McConnell and Cornyn to vote to break the filibuster, sources said. Murkowski resisted voting for the measure without the support of her leadership team.

So McConnell and Cornyn — both facing reelection this year and battling tea party-inspired challengers in their states — took the plunge and risked the political backlash by voting to break a filibuster, the type of vote the two wily leaders have long sought to avoid in this election season.

After hoping the measure passed without their fingerprints, McConnell and Cornyn were forced to own part of it by allowing it to move to a final vote with their consent, even persuading several of their colleagues to switch their votes. The leaders later voted against final passage.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: johncornyn; mitchmcconnell; tedcruz

1 posted on 02/12/2014 4:22:42 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Our hated Masters are EXEMPT to the taxes and “laws”
they pass for others, as they empower more corruption
daily against Americans — by ignoring it.

Disgusting. Never have Americans hated their Masters more.


2 posted on 02/12/2014 4:25:37 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: jimbo123

Time to dump McCornhole and Cornrow. Act like ‘Rat and get ejected. Cruz is making these cockroaches dance.


3 posted on 02/12/2014 4:28:11 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: jimbo123

we are screwed

a bunch of chattering old bags


4 posted on 02/12/2014 4:28:36 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: jimbo123

Before I can vote for a third party, there has to be a viable second party....


5 posted on 02/12/2014 4:29:14 PM PST by Tzimisce
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To: jimbo123
And my emails to McConnell and Cruz have been sent. I know not what will ensue, but I promise every right-thinking American that I will not fail to remind - as many times as necessary - our elected representatives of their duty to "We The People."



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

6 posted on 02/12/2014 4:32:27 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: jimbo123
"So McConnell and Cornyn — both facing reelection this year and battling tea party-inspired challengers in their states — took the plunge and risked the political backlash by voting to break a filibuster, the type of vote the two wily leaders have long sought to avoid in this election season.

After hoping the measure passed without their fingerprints, McConnell and Cornyn were forced to own part of it by allowing it to move to a final vote with their consent, even persuading several of their colleagues to switch their votes. The leaders later voted against final passage."

Pure slime.

7 posted on 02/12/2014 4:33:32 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: jimbo123

The RINOs made Mitch (and Cornyn) vote for it because they want their jobs LOL!
The RINOs have their knives out for each other.
Fascinating.


8 posted on 02/12/2014 4:34:52 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: jimbo123

I guarantee that GOP-E knives are out for Cruz tonight behind closed doors for smoking out the weasels.


9 posted on 02/12/2014 4:35:39 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: jimbo123
"“All Republicans opposed raising the debt ceiling and that was the main event; I think everything else was sort of window dressing,” Cornyn said. “It wasn’t a tough decision to have an up-or-down vote. And I think that is a growing consensus on our side.

Distracting from the differences between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to debt and spending would be a mistake. I think the vote provided the kind of clarity and definition that was accurate.”"

Pure weasel.

10 posted on 02/12/2014 4:36:58 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Tzimisce
IMO, the Republican Party is dead. I am registered as a Conservative. I will vote for those who espouse the ideals that made this Nation great. I will not vote for Quislings who cave to the Socialist clique now in power.

I'm here, here I stay, and my powder is dry!



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

11 posted on 02/12/2014 4:37:29 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Timber Rattler
Miffed that they have long been asked to take tough votes when the GOP leaders voted ‘no,’ Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski, privately pressured McConnell and Cornyn to vote to break the filibuster, sources said. Murkowski resisted voting for the measure without the support of her leadership team.

I guess Mookowski and Collins aren't quite as stupid after all when it comes to falling on their own swords to save McConnell and Cornyn.

12 posted on 02/12/2014 4:38:24 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: jimbo123
"What made the vote more difficult, Republicans said, was that they didn’t have enough time to forge a strategy, given that the House changed its tactics repeatedly and senators were rushing to catch their flights home ahead of the storm."

Most of those RINO LibTards have been in DC for decades. That should be plenty of time to think up a strategery.

13 posted on 02/12/2014 4:39:56 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Timber Rattler

The GOPe knives were out for Cruz six months ago. He’s got nothing to lose, bless his heart.


14 posted on 02/12/2014 4:44:42 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Oh I know that, but I bet they are really livid at him tonight, especially McConnell and McCain.


15 posted on 02/12/2014 4:48:27 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: jimbo123

Bless their little hearts. They just had to get home before the snow.

And notice the jab at the house. “No reason for us to stand against if the house leader is a wuss....”


16 posted on 02/12/2014 4:49:26 PM PST by JParris
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To: Timber Rattler

With a little luck maybe they’ll bust a vein.


17 posted on 02/12/2014 4:49:46 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Timber Rattler

I don’t think Cruz gives a $hit.


18 posted on 02/12/2014 4:54:21 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: tennmountainman

And I’m proud of him for it!


19 posted on 02/12/2014 5:00:12 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Amen!


20 posted on 02/12/2014 5:07:24 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: jimbo123

Way to smoke ‘em out, Ted. Instincts of a Texas weasel hunter.


21 posted on 02/12/2014 5:09:29 PM PST by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: mrsmith

LOL. Where are the RINO’s when you need them?
Running for the tall grass.


22 posted on 02/12/2014 5:34:21 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: jimbo123
“It should have been a very easy vote,” Cruz said afterward. “In my view, every Senate Republican should have stood together and said what every one of us tells our constituents back home, which is that we will not go along with raising the debt ceiling while doing nothing to fix the underlying out-of-control spending problem.”

All Cruz was asking for was for the leadership to do as they say, when they talk to the "folks back home".

Obviously, it was too much to ask of McConnell and Cornyn -- who proved to be more afraid of Harry Reid than they were of their own voters.

23 posted on 02/12/2014 5:49:55 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: jimbo123

There would be no debt default. So lies once again by the propaganda media. Too bad the elites got caught.


24 posted on 02/12/2014 6:49:36 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Timber Rattler

Cruz has something they don’t, patriot support.


25 posted on 02/12/2014 6:52:40 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: jimbo123

Cornyn stabbed us all in the back AGAIN


26 posted on 02/12/2014 8:21:25 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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