Report: #MoscowMitch Plans Treachery (No D’uh, Part Infinity)

Moscow Mitch
(H/T Raw Story via Skinny Dennis)

Axios morning email thingie is warning us that #MoscowMitch already is planning on eff’ing the ol’ rat to stop Handsome President Biden’s agenda:

Mitch McConnell, if he keeps the Senate majority, plans to prevent Joe Biden from stacking his Cabinet with liberals and force him to go with more centrist options, like Lael Brainard for Treasury or Tony Blinken for State, sources tell me.

  • Casualties could include Susan Rice, who’s talked about for State, and Stacey Abrams, an option for attorney general, Axios’ Hans Nichols reports.
  • But the GOP constraints could open paths for others, like Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who’d benefit from a tradition of senatorial courtesy for quick confirmations from within the chamber…
  • The big picture: This political reality could result in Biden having a more centrist Cabinet.
    • It also gives Biden a ready excuse to reject liberal candidates, like Sens. Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders.

It’s Axios who says that Biden doesn’t want any progressives, not Biden himself. Just noting that this is Village conventional wisdom punditry is that the problem is progressives and not Mitch. This is not analysis.

Our pals at Electoral-Vote see a path out of ampy be-chinned Mitch’s treachery:

If McConnell wants to play hardball—and even though he represents the Kentucky Derby state, horseshoes is definitely not his game—Biden would be between a rock and a hard place. Suppose McConnell wanted to name half the cabinet and all judges and justices for the next 4 years? What could Biden do?

If the Republicans control the Senate with 51 or 52 seats, there is one ploy a President Biden could try. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Richard Burr (R-NC) have all announced that they will not seek reelection in 2022. Biden could offer one or more of them cabinet positions. It just so happens that all three of their states have Democratic governors. In Pennsylvania and North Carolina, the governor appoints the new senator, who would surely be a Democrat. In Wisconsin, there is a special election, which a Democrat would have a decent shot at winning.

Picking off a couple of Republican senators and putting them in the cabinet would be a twofer for Biden. First, it could change control of the Senate. Second, it would please those voters who see bipartisanship as a goal unto itself. Needless to say Mitch McConnell would be beyond furious at such a move, but Toomey, Johnson, and Burr would be looking out for themselves, not for McConnell. Toomey is a former banker. He is not especially Trumpy and seems like a decent person. He likes to keep a bowl of Hershey bars (which are made in his state) well stocked for chocolate-loving senators. Making him secretary of the treasury would enrage many Democrats, but if the tradeoff was getting control of the Senate in return, Biden might do it. Johnson was a former businessman and might accept the position of secretary of commerce. Burr sold lawn equipment for 17 years before running for the House. There is no secretary of lawn equipment. Lawns are plants, so maybe secretary of agriculture? Or since lawns are often located near houses, how about secretary of housing and urban development. After all, the current secretary is Ben Carson, whose only qualification is that he used to live in a house. Burr is slightly toxic on account of some insider trading stuff earlier this year, but most people (1) don’t know what insider trading is and (2) don’t know that Burr did it. Burr might take the job to rehabiliate himself.

Could a desperate McConnell block a vote on their confirmation? Yes, but they have a countermove: resign from the Senate on Feb. 1. If the Senate were 52-48 and Toomey and Burr resigned and were instantly replaced by appointed Democrats, the Senate would be 50-50 and the new president of the Senate, Kamala Harris would have something to do all day. This scenario definitely falls under the category “hardball,” which is not Biden’s preferred way of operating. He might think that he can reason with McConnell and work together with him, but if he goes down that road, he will quickly discover that it leads to a dead end.

We should note that plenty of Presidents have done this exact thing, it’s not exactly a secret tactic, but it is telling that Axios didn’t mention this possibility at all.

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18 Responses to Report: #MoscowMitch Plans Treachery (No D’uh, Part Infinity)

  1. roket says:

    “Like”

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  2. Infidel753 says:

    I saw that on Electoral-Vote. I really hope Biden goes for that option. Unless we get lucky in the remaining undecided Senate races, it’s the only way to get a majority (and even if we do, there are advantages to having a bigger majority).

    It would serve Moscow Mitch right to get out-hardballed by Biden. And I still don’t believe Biden has any illusions about being able to work productively with Republicans, despite what he said during the campaign. He was right there in Obama’s administration for eight years. He’s seen what they’re like.

    This would be an especially good move because it would appear bipartisan, thus appealing to the low-information kumbaya can’t-we-all-just-get-along crowd, while in fact doing to McConnell’s power what Joni Ernst is known for doing to hogs.

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  3. Oh no they’re going with the Tom Friedman/Charlie Sykes scenario “Thank GOD the Dems didn’t take the senate, they might have been able to accomplish some things they promised!”

    I quite honestly expect Moscow Mitch to flatly block EVERYTHING: NO cabinet, NO judges, NO bills. Nothing.

    He’s already neutered the Dem advantage in the House “Pass all the bills you want, I’ll just toss ’em in the shredder. Fuck you.” Judges “We have enough judges. Fuck you.” A Cabinet “The constitution says you MAY appoint members of your cabinet. You can try. Fuck You!”

    He’ll just call the Senate into session and they’ll sit there waiting for 2022 and say “See the DemonRats did NOTHING for you!”

    And 50% of this country are perfectly fine with this.

    Now that #MoscowMitch knows this, the level of sheer malignant contempt he showed Obama will be nothing to what he shows to a Biden presidency.

    And if Biden were to pull that stunt with picking R senators and having D’s replace them, the howling, frothing, monkey-shit-throwing, berserker rage that will erupt on the right in and the “Respectable media” will make the anti-mask riots in the Michigan legislature look like fucking polite tea parties.

    They were gonna kidnap and execute that governor just for telling them they had to wear a mask…what the hell do you think they’ll do if a Democratic Governor changes the balance of power in the Senate?

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    • ali redford says:

      This doesn’t scare me. I’m old-I’ll go stand in front of somebody younger if the flying monkeys do attack. Something tells me, though, that standing up to a Republican bully is going to show the other ones that it isn’t going to do that much good, without Trump up there defending them. Peace; just my .02.

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    • Infidel753 says:

      the howling, frothing, monkey-shit-throwing, berserker rage that will erupt on the right in and the “Respectable media”

      Let it. Screw them. We got plenty mad about Merrick Garland and all sorts of other things, and the Repubs just forged ahead anyway, because they could. Time for us to take the same tack.

      And frankly, I find the impotent rage of enemies quite entertaining.

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  4. Steve-O says:

    I await the day when I can read Mitch McConnell’s obituary with great pleasure.

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  5. Ten Bears says:

    After all the talk we’ve heard down through the years out of all those so-called ‘patriots’ (lowercase, half/quote) one would think something would have been done, by now, about this Manchurian Candidate, married to a commie chinee princess. Should be.

    Didja’ notice how when not-white folks started talking about lynching white folks white folks made it a “Hate Crime”?

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    • how when not-white folks started talking about lynching white folks white folks made it a “Hate Crime”

      Funny dat. It seems such a systemically arrived-at distinction.

      Like how heavily armed men storming a State Legislature in session, smashing doors and screaming in the face of cops (who stand calmly while armed people are screaming at them mere inches away) is “Americans exercising their sacred right to protest peacefully” while conducting an unarmed, peaceful permitted march With a police escort from a church to a polling place is met with tear gas and physical violence by the authorities.

      I know that it’s just the libtard identity grievance woke socialist marxist in me, but somehow I think those disparate outcomes might have something to do with the skin color of the civilians involved…

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  6. sos says:

    Our (Wisconsin’s) Sen Ron Johnson??1!

    I was unaware of the Secretary of “Shreds of Freedom” Or the Cabinet Level Department of “Derp”.

    Wouldn’t it be more palatable to reanimate Zombie LBJ and have him put Mitch’s balls in a vice?

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    • MDavis says:

      Biden’s been around politics long enough that he should have figured out how to do this himself.
      And, by the way, Harris seemed to have an unusual game face for the VP debates, sort of cocky and smirky. Is that just her? I don’t remember that from vids of her engaging in senate questionings. Did she get promised her own opportunities to bring in a vise? That would put a smile on a widow.

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  7. Redhand says:

    McConnell has too much power. Period. If he refuses to release cabinet nominees for a Senate vote, Biden should just say, “You had your chance to give “advice and consent,” and WAIVED it. These are the members of my Cabinet.

    I consider McConnell the single most dangerous politician in the USA. He needs to be neutered.

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    • tengrain says:

      Redhand –

      If you are offering to neuter him, I have a rusty tin can lid to offer.

      Rgds,

      TG

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    • E.A. Blair says:

      It’s easy to make fun of Addison¹ McConnell, but there are times when it’s better to cauterize than satirize.

      ¹Yes, this is his real first name; his full name is “Addison Mitchell McConnell”.

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  8. Parfigliano says:

    Just appoint acting Secretary like Trump did and tell Mitch to fuck off

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