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Who had the worst week in Washington? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
washingtonpost.com ^ | 2/14/14 | Chris Cillizza

Posted on 02/15/2014 5:56:06 AM PST by cotton1706

Sen. Mitch McConnell is nothing if not careful and crafty. Which is what makes what happened on the Senate floor Wednesday night all the more remarkable.

At issue was legislation to raise the debt ceiling — essentially paying the nation’s credit card bill — without any sort of sweeteners attached to entice Republicans. The House had passed the measure Tuesday with just 28 Republicans voting for it.

McConnell (Ky.), the Senate minority leader, quite clearly had no interest in walking the plank — or forcing his GOP colleagues to do the same — and was content to let the debt ceiling pass on a simple majority vote. That would allow every Republican to vote against it, keeping their fiscal conservative credentials intact with primary challenges looming. (McConnell faces a conservative Louisville businessman, Matt Bevin, in a May primary.)

Then Ted Cruz happened.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 02/15/2014 5:56:06 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Let’s all work together to make it a bad year.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 5:59:45 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: cotton1706

Traitors always are loathe to go under the Cat and receive its lashes, and the marks that brand them for what they are.


3 posted on 02/15/2014 5:59:54 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: cotton1706

“Then Ted Cruz happened.”

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I think Ted Cruz(missile) is going to be ‘happening’ a lot.


4 posted on 02/15/2014 6:00:12 AM PST by Qiviut (It's hard to be a donk if you're sane & it's hard to be a pubbie if you have any integrity.)
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To: cotton1706

>>At issue was legislation to raise the debt ceiling — essentially paying the nation’s credit card bill

No, raising the debt ceiling is essentially opening up a new credit card account because all the old ones are maxxed out! The Republicans have sold us out and now both parties are officially driving us over the Cloward-Piven cliff.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 6:02:17 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: cotton1706

FUMM.

FUJB

And most of all with the greatest emphasis:

FUBO.

Again, FUBO.


6 posted on 02/15/2014 6:04:34 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: cotton1706

careful and crafty? Deceitful and slimy. HOORAY Ted!


7 posted on 02/15/2014 6:05:40 AM PST by PGalt
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To: cotton1706

Why is it ALWAYS about the EXEMPT who arm al Qaeda and impose “laws” for others ??

The un-EXEMPT non-Moslem American people had another
bad week.


8 posted on 02/15/2014 6:07:08 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: cotton1706

McConnell hasn’t seen anything yet.


9 posted on 02/15/2014 6:08:28 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: MrEdd

As long as we can keep the seat Republican, I don’t care what happens to McConnell politically.


10 posted on 02/15/2014 6:11:25 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: MrEdd

“Let’s all work together to make it a bad year.”

Amen to that!


11 posted on 02/15/2014 6:15:53 AM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: Rappini

McConnel, like most other long-term DC politicians, is probably so compromised he/they are ripe for blackmail. Remember it seemed to have become really apparent after the Clintons/DNC gained access to over 600 (more like 900) “oppositional research” files on their opponents/enemies.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 6:18:30 AM PST by WesternPacific (The herded sheep have finally arrived at the slaughter house.)
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To: Qiviut

How long do you think it will be before Cruz does SOMETHING conservatives don’t agree with and everyone here turns on him and calls him a RINO?

I am guessing a year and a half.


13 posted on 02/15/2014 6:22:49 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: cotton1706
'Senatortoise Mitch McConnell...'

ROTFLMAO!

14 posted on 02/15/2014 6:23:20 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: cotton1706

Most in KY probably don’t eve know of the events of the past week in DC. Or they wouldn’t understand if they did know.


15 posted on 02/15/2014 6:24:01 AM PST by Theodore R. (Alas: TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

He already has: the Mandela funeral; not acknowledging the Marxism.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 6:24:47 AM PST by Theodore R. (Alas: TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: cotton1706
Then Ted Cruz happened.

YES HE DID.

And he was about the only one that did.

I know you could argue that the Repubs were trying to get this thing out of the way, so the Dems and their media boot-lickers can't tar them with "they're just obstructing the black man" - and, indeed, the focus is now fully on the joblessness and the ObamaCare disaster - but it's still not a good feeling giving the spendaholics what they want.


17 posted on 02/15/2014 6:25:47 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Sooner, I’m thinking. It’s a “fickle” world.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 6:31:16 AM PST by Qiviut (It's hard to be a donk if you're sane & it's hard to be a pubbie if you have any integrity.)
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To: Qiviut

The only real mistake a Republican seeking conservative cred can make these days is to go soft on amnesty.

Amnesty means changing the American culture or allowing it to be changed by invading hordes of illegals voting illegally. You’re either against that possibility, or you’re not.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 6:37:28 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Bryanw92
raising the debt ceiling is essentially opening up a new credit card account because all the old ones are maxxed out!

Exactly. "But that spending was already authorized!" Yes, it was authorized to be more spending than there was money available to pay for it. "But look, it's all in the budget!" Until recently, there was no budget at all, just fraudulent "continuing resolutions" that were in deficit from day one; currently, most of it is in a budget that was in deficit from day one, and there's an unknowable amount of "off budget" spending for emergencies and so-called emergencies that never see the light of day.

20 posted on 02/15/2014 6:37:47 AM PST by jiggyboy
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To: cotton1706
*metamorphically speaking* :-D
Love, That (real :) Sen. Ted Cruz (TX-TEA), as opposed
to Reid's "pet" Sen. *itch McConnell (Wdc-GOP/e)

21 posted on 02/15/2014 7:37:38 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: jiggyboy

So the debt limit is raised and the veterans didn’t get their benefits restored? Thanks to Paul Ryan....he made it all possible.


22 posted on 02/15/2014 7:45:01 AM PST by grania
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To: napscoordinator

I dont give a damn what party a liberal is in, they need to be removed, and the more power they have the more they need to be removed.

We got this mess in the Republican party because absolute idiots who utterly lack the mental faculties to play a long game care more about momentary party numbers than about supporting any particular ideology.


23 posted on 02/15/2014 8:10:36 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Theodore R.
Most in KY probably don’t eve know of the events of the past week in DC. Or they wouldn’t understand if they did know.

Yes, because as we all know, Kentuckians are just a bunch of moonshine swilling, snaggle toothed, backwoods inbreds.

I swear, your act here is becoming more and more transparent.

24 posted on 02/15/2014 8:58:20 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier; Theodore R.
Yes, because as we all know, Kentuckians are just a bunch
of moonshine swilling, snaggle toothed, backwoods inbreds.
speak for yourself (TR)...

25 posted on 02/15/2014 9:42:09 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Theodore R.
I am from Kentucky. I think most of us know exactly what transpired unless we live in the Democrat part of Louisville that always seems to swing Kentucky Elections.

The State outside of Louisville is mostly conservative, very conservative. For many years there was a conservative part of the state that none the less always voted Democrat, that part of the state was the coal fields which do what the United Mine Workers bosses tell them to do. The Democrats have dumped coal, they are by dumping coal dumping those voters. No amount of cajoling by the UMW will change that.

Now, McConnell, I hardly know what to say. Mostly I have liked him. He has in the main been conservative when it was a very unpopular thing to be and mostly a pretty smart fellow. I'm sure there is a reason for this stupid vote I just don't know what it is. I have been told that his strategist mind conceived a plan for taking the Senate that did not include a fight at this time over the budget or having a government shutdown that could be blamed on Republicans.

McConnell knew for sure that for the sake of his personal politics he should not have voted the way he did. I suspect the results would eventually have been the same anyway but I think he was forced into an unenviable position. He was dammed if he did and damned if he didn't.

My experience with McConnell is that he is nothing if not principled. There must be a principle that he thinks he is working for here even if it costs him the election personally. I'm glad he was willing to put some principle above his own good but somehow it just feels like stupidity to me. I hope I am proven wrong.

26 posted on 02/15/2014 10:47:19 AM PST by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: JAKraig

Mitch wants to keep obamacare in the news. That is a winning strategy.

A protracted fight over the debt limit would knock obamacare out of the news...a losing strategy. This is why he voted the way he did.


27 posted on 02/15/2014 11:14:46 AM PST by what's up
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