Amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell is getting ready to play hardball, according to Tiger Beat on the Potomac’s gossip email:
MCCONNELL WARNS DEMS ON FILIBUSTER — Senate Minority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL delivered one of his most scathing warnings yet to Democrats eager to abolish the filibuster on the Senate floor this morning. The Kentucky Republican — who resisted pressure from DONALD TRUMP for four years to nix the chamber’s supermajority threshold — promised his colleagues a world of hurt should they go through with it. Republicans, he vowed, would throw up their own procedural hurdles — so many that “everything that Democrat[s] … did to Presidents Bush and Trump, everything the Republican Senate did to President Obama, would be child’s play.”
So what does he mean exactly? McConnell knows the ins and outs of Senate rules better than anyone. In an institution that operates by unanimous consent for everything— from turning on the lights, to allowing senators to give floor speeches or speed through the customary reading of lengthy legislative text — McConnell can slow down everything with one simple demand: Require quorums for everything. And he signaled he will.
That’s particularly problematic in a 50-50 Senate, where VP KAMALA HARRIS is not allowed to break procedural ties. “This chaos would not open up an express lane to liberal change,” McConnell said. “It would not open up an express lane for the Biden presidency to speed into the history books. The Senate would be more like a 100-car pileup, nothing moving.”
McConnell also sought to appeal to Democrats’ pragmatic side: If they go nuclear, Republicans willutilize the new chamber rules when they return to power — and that’s just a matter of time, folks. Abortion legislation. Defunding sanctuary cities. Concealed-carry permits nationwide. Right to work. Energy drilling. Southern border lockdowns. “The pendulum, Mr. President, would swing both ways. And it would swing hard,” McConnell promised.
Ol’ Mitch is making the best case for eliminating the filibuster, if not the freakin’ Senate (which would be fine by me, you know, if I ran the circus) which is the most anti-democratic (small dee) part of the gubmint.
I remind myself that #MoscowMitch has already done all this obstruction before and is threatening to do it again. Kill the fillibuster, get HR 1 passed, and let Mitch go home to Satan.