Friday December 7, 2012, 7:06 am
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) thought he was pulling a fast one on the Democrats. His plan was to offer a bill that Democrats wanted to pass, but would have to block, because they did not have the votes to pass it, or so he thought. To his chagrin, Harry Reid agreed to bring the bill to the floor, catching McConnell with his pants down. What followed is legislative history!
Friday December 7, 2012, 7:45 am
How many brain cells do you need to be elected to anything? ,There should be a competency test performed on everyone thinking of running for any office,including dog catcher.
Half of the tea party would have failed and we would not have to put up with such STUPIDITY IN OUR GOVERNMENT.
Friday December 7, 2012, 7:50 am
Given that the law requires action on the debt limit and the president to ensure that all laws are complied with, the related court decisions on the subject seems to indicate the president could do so even without McConnell's bill passing...seems that the GOP doesn't realize their quiver is empty when they draw their bow.
I guess we have all heard that old sage advice given by experienced attorneys. The one that says do not ask a question you do not have the answer for, I see this as much the same. The only thing missing that should be absolutely required is that McConnell after proposing and now filibustering his own bill is the follow through. McConnell should now be forced to stand and defend his course of action by speaking till his voice or his body can no longer do so, or until he has 60 votes to support his filibuster. That was the rule of the Senate, a filibuster means, talking till the 60 votes support your issue. I think we should all send a note of thanks to McConnell for this moment of stupid, but clearly expressive humor.
As our old friend from childhood. Bugs Bunny, would say, "What a maroon."
Continue on....Mr McConnell, you put your foot in your mouth now dig out.
Friday December 7, 2012, 10:31 am
This totally needs to go viral - soooo shows what the Republicans are.
Looking at J.L. A.'s post: 'Given that the law requires action on the debt limit and the president to ensure that all laws are complied with, the related court decisions on the subject seems to indicate the president could do so even without McConnell's bill passing...seems that the GOP doesn't realize their quiver is empty when they draw their bow. '
One wonders if this isn't a last-ditch attempt at bipartisan outreach on the part of the Democrats prior to stopping on the verge of BS Mountain that the Republicans are trying to push the country over and, perhaps, fulfilling the law mentioned in J.L.A.'s post by passing a sensible budget with appropriate tax increases and cutting of corporate welfare and 'Defense' spending rater than anywhere necessary.
Friday December 7, 2012, 10:51 am
Did unemployed Soap Opera writers get work with the CONgre$$? Convoluted scripts & characters who can't remember what they did the day before, who should have been voted off the island last election, who serve NO purpose & are not even entertaining are all over the place! It's not funny, it's not safe for us & this country, it's time for a Major Reform!
I would apologize for mixing metaphors, but they never apologize for mixing business with their pleasure.
Friday December 7, 2012, 11:58 am
GOP needs to wake up and serve the people of this country, not just the wealthy elite and corporations........good for Mr. Reid and The Dems to hold the Greedy Old Polluters to account...
Friday December 7, 2012, 3:17 pm
Thanks Tom for the post and video. What a stupid move by McConnel. He and the GOP are making history but not the kind they would like. They seem to be auditioning for the British comedy show "Monty Python"
Read, viewed and noted..
Friday December 7, 2012, 4:41 pm
From the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/us/politics/at-boehners-request-he-and-obama-negotiate-alone.html?_r=0
"On Capitol Hill, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, moved Thursday to vote on Mr. Obama’s proposal, in his broader deficit package, to permanently diminish Congress’s control over the federal government’s statutory borrowing limit, assuming that Democrats would break ranks and embarrass the president. Instead, Democratic leaders did a count, found they had 51 solid votes, and took Mr. McConnell up on what Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader, called “a positive development.”
Mr. McConnell then filibustered his own bill, objecting to a simple-majority vote and saying a change of such magnitude requires the assent of 60 senators.
“I do believe we made history on the Senate floor today,” Mr. Durbin said.
The government is expected to hit its borrowing limit in late January or early February, and it is an added complication in the deficit talks because some House Republicans say they will demand further spending cuts before they lift the debt ceiling. Mr. Obama has said that any deal on taxes and spending must ensure that there will not be another crisis over the debt ceiling early next year.
But the White House on Thursday gave Republicans assurances the president would not employ a potent weapon to get what he wants. Some Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton, have theorized that the Constitution gives the president the authority to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally, citing a clause in the 14th Amendment guaranteeing that the nation’s debts “shall not be questioned.”
Mr. Obama renounced such an assertion of authority on Thursday through his spokesman. “I can say that this administration does not believe that the 14th Amendment gives the president the power to ignore the debt ceiling,” Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, told reporters, reading from language that had been prepared for him. "
Shamed and out manoeuvred by Harry Reid and the Democrats, AND his own arrogance and stupidity! McConnell better crawl back into his turtle shell. Is this what he thinks of the American people — pawns in his little games?
McConnell is securing his fate in 2014. An article I read says that Ashley Judd is thinking about running for senate in 2014.
I loved McCaskill's reaction even though it might not meet decorum: "Whiplash!" LMAO!
Friday December 7, 2012, 5:41 pm
This is truly enraging and ridiculous at the same time. How embarrassing. Why can't the country move to impeach this moron? By the way, the photo is perfectly fitting, he looks like a creepy cartoon
Saturday December 8, 2012, 6:49 am
Well, the Republican trolls are sure being quiet on this act of idiocy by McConnell. It's not bad enough he a racist thug, he has now proven himself to be a stupid racist thug. Makes me angry that this moron is being paid by my tax dollars. Maybe he'll go home for Christmas and get lost on his way back.
Sunday December 9, 2012, 2:21 pm
McConnell is inflexible. His viewpoints have calcified over the years, and it seems doubtful that he really represents the view of the majority of Kentuckyans and yet they voted for him. Curiouser and curiouser. When is this Obama hating Senator up for re-election or retirement?
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:27 am
To say that Mitch McConnell has zero credibility is to seriously overstate his value to society! Loved the whiplash comment and I hope Senator McCastkill isn't in any trouble for it!