McConnell is at it again…

Posted on December 6, 2012

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Ashley Judd’s  2014 whipping boy

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tried to embarrass the President today, but it backfired… making him look rather foolish.

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. (per NY Times)

McConnell has failed to adequately appreciate the leverage President Obama earned by winning re-election.   While Obama’s margin wasn’t a landslide it is currently bigger than W’s triumph over Kerry in 2004, whereby W announced he had “political capital” and intended to spend it.

The public is undergoing what could be called “conflict fatigue.” The contentious election, preceded by the debt-ceiling debacle in August 2011 that led to the U.S. credit downgrade, and the 2010 election cycle (Rise of the Angry White People – aka Tea Party) before that has caused the public to lament arguing for argument’s sake. The perpetual conflict and childish political games have gotten on the electorate’s last collective nerve, and it’s time to, as CNBC’s obnoxious motto says, “rise above.”

Yeah, right. This line of thinking is naive and I don’t believe it for a second. Rather, the Republicans are trying to reshape their image and are picking their battles given the whipping the GOP took just a month ago. This wasn’t a status quo election, as John Boehner contends, instead it was a resounding defeat of conservatism seen in an electoral landslide and a solid popular vote victory for Obama, the across the board victories for numerous same-sex marriage votes among the states and the marijuana legalization efforts. Even Fox News has realized, to a minor extent, they have to pick their battles better: Exhibit A – putting Dick Morris and Karl Rove on the “do not call” list (at least for now).

Evidently, Mitch McConnell didn’t get the memo that he needs to stop being an ass… and actually try to do some thing constructive. On the other hand, keep on being a tool, Sen. McConnell, because your antics will make it that much easier for Ashley Judd to take your seat in 2014.

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