Skip to comments.McConnell/Reid Supermajority Lives On
Posted on 03/25/2014 5:34:32 AM PDT by cotton1706
Mitch McConnell couldnt even go a few hours into this weeks Senate session without selling out conservatives and granting Harry Reid a supermajority. He delivered more than half of the GOP conference into the hands of Democrats, enabling them to gain leverage over the GOP-controlled House and pass the IMF deform package [read more here on the IMF package].
Weve witnessed this dynamic throughout the past few years. Ideally, Republicans should have more leverage than Democrats because they fully control the House, while Democrats lack a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. As such, McConnells job is to block bad legislation in the Senate, enabling the House to jam Democrats with the only viable alternative. Yet, with issue after issue, we have witnessed the opposite dynamic. McConnell hands Reid the requisite 60+ votes and allows him to jam the House.
What is even more egregious about this capitulation is that the Ukraine bill is not a must-pass bill, even according to the political class. Its not like this is a government-funding bill. Its a relatively small loan package to a foreign country, along with weak sanctions against Putin. To being with, they should have passed a more robust bill one that opens up LNG exports and repeals ratification of new START. Now that Democrats tacked on the extraneous provision to double our contribution to the IMF while weakening our power within the body, McConnell should have blocked the bill.
Moreover, House Republicans are prepared to pass a clean Ukrainian aid bill sans the IMF bailout provision. It would have been quite clear that Democrats were the ones obstructing this bill in the hopes of adding on a non-germane policy change. Instead, the Senate Democrats has gained the upper-hand and can boast a robust bipartisan majority for their bill.
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Still working hard for conservative votes, I see.
McConnell was up by a huge margin in the last poll I have seen on March 10. Has Bevin been able to close the gap since then. McConnell must be taken out either in the primary or general election.
The Progressive or Rockefeller Republicans have always been allies of the Democrats. In the current age they have merged their party with the Democrats to make the Republicans a subsidiary brand in the larger Democrat corporation. A conservative mostly go along fairly quickly after their first election because that is the way of lifelong wealth even if he loses his next election.
You would think Mitch would have some concern about his upcoming primary in KY. I guess his internal polling shows he’s a lock.
“You would think Mitch would have some concern about his upcoming primary in KY. I guess his internal polling shows hes a lock.”
Yes, he’s getting more arrogant and power-hungry. If he gets the nomination, I hope he loses in November. It’s the only republicans will get new leadership. And I’m getting the feel that McConnell is not necessarily a lock for Majority Leader either. Both Cornyn and Alexander also want the position, and Ron Johnson is being groomed as a backup. McConnell may not have the votes, especially with types like Shannon and Bright and Broun and McDaniel and Sasse and Clovis and Conger and Wolf.
So we have to work in every state to undermine McConnell’s power.
Well lets just pray we get Paul Broun elected to the Senate this year.