(UPDATED) #MoscowMitch Fools Our Failed Political Press, Again

Amply be-chinned #MoscowMitch McConnell

There are news reports that amply be-chinned MoscowMitch has suddenly come-around to some sort of Trump-Virus relief legislation, and the media is taking it hook, line, and sinker:

McConnell says a Covid stimulus compromise is within reach — ‘We can do this’

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he sees “hopeful signs” for striking a coronavirus stimulus deal before the end of the year.
  • Democrats and Republicans in Congress have been scrambling to strike a pandemic relief deal before the end of the year.
  • After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer backed a bipartisan $908 billion stimulus package, while McConnell released his own roughly $500 billion plan.

“…On Thursday, McConnell called for a deal similar to the one he unveiled. It includes Paycheck Protection Program loan funding and money for education and vaccine distribution. Democrats have backed those provisions.

“However, it includes one piece Democrats find toxic: Covid-19 liability protections for businesses and universities. Pelosi and Schumer have also repeatedly pushed for state and local government aid and supplemental federal unemployment payments, which McConnell’s plan does not include.

“Why won’t the Democrats compromise?”

This is really infuriating. Our Failed Political Press is presenting this as news, when in fact this is the status quo from the last, oh, six months. And notice that the razor blade is still in the apple: Liability protection for employers, nothing for employees and state and local gubmints are still getting nothing.

But Mitch gets to be framed as being reasonable. Our Failed Political Press is rehabbing him right before our eyes.

UPDATE 1: Afternoon mail thingie from Politico:

DEMOCRATS ARE SKEPTICAL … Senate Minority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER said this on the floor today: “The Republican leader came to the floor this morning to say compromise is within reach — his words — before reiterating a long list of Republican demands and blaming the Democrats for everything.

“ONCE AGAIN, the Republican leader argued that the Senate should pass only what Republicans approve of and leave the rest for later, and he now says that an emergency relief bill should be limited by only what President Trump will sign. Of course, we could say similarly the bill should be limited only by what a Democratic House will pass. Neither is true — compromise. The leader knows that. But for some reason, in the midst of this generational crisis, Republican Leader McConnell does not seem inclined to compromise, to actually get something done. But what he wants to do is posture, to put partisan bills on the floor and say, take it or leave it. The real answer here is to sit down and talk.”

UPDATE 2: The Associated Press tells us we still have a YUGE unemployment problem

U.S. jobless claims remain high at 712,000 as virus escalates

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell as the nation celebrated Thanksgiving last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress from the intensified viral outbreak.

“Thursday’s report from the Labor Department said that initial claims for jobless aid dropped from 787,000 the week before. … The total number of people who are continuing to receive traditional state unemployment benefits declined to 5.5 million from 6.1 million.”

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10 Responses to (UPDATED) #MoscowMitch Fools Our Failed Political Press, Again

  1. sos says:

    I would be surprised if the political press weren’t outwitted by a small soap dish.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Dennis Cole says:

    It’s unfortunate, but they’re all just following their orders, in a good lockstep, boot-licking manner.
    The owners, TPTB, tell the editors and commentators what they’re allowed to say, and the rest of the journos have to follow suit, or lose their jobs.

    Mitch has been well taken care of during his stint in the Senate, and I’m sure he’ll be handsomely rewarded upon his retirement.

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    • tengrain says:

      DC – With the obvious exception of the Murdoch family, the owners do NOT tell the staff what to say/do because THEY DON’T HAVE TO. Everyone knows what the boss wants.

      It’s part of what is so wrong with our media ownership rules. Reforming the media ownership rules would really help break the lockstep.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  3. In more normal times, the employer liability issue wouldn’t be a showstopper. A sane administration would task the CDC to come up with some reasonable guidelines for keeping workers safe, then provide liability protection to employers who can show they have followed those guidelines.

    But these aren’t normal times. The Trump administration would direct the CDC to create guidelines that offer zero protections and then they’d declare they had stopped the pandemic. Meanwhile, employers would be free to do the opposite of protecting workers without any accountability or recourse.

    Shorter: Trump is why we can’t have nice things.

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  4. buckobear says:

    … and yet, the press is unable to identify the republican negotiating position (“bi-partisan?) as “do what we want.”

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  5. roket says:

    All liberals know that bipartisanship and republicans are mutually exclusive. The press has had 40 years to catch up so F them. Pardon the expression but they should all be taken with a ‘grain’ of salt.

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  6. Dennis Cole says:

    TG – that’s a “gooderun,” as they say down in Possum Hollar.

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