Mitch McConnell spokesman: Stopping the DREAM Act isn’t a top priority for us; Update: McConnell spokesman emphatically denies

posted at 2:20 pm on November 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Mickey Kaus, who’s been insisting for months to the amusement of his critics that, yes indeed, Democrats might pursue big-ticket liberal legislation in the lame-duck session and that the DREAM Act could be the particular ticket they have in mind. His tweet this morning upon stumbling over the new Daily Caller piece: “WAKE UP?”

Republicans are ramping up their opposition to the legislation,
noting that simply by applying for the Dream Act’s program, illegal aliens could be given a hiatus from the law for as long as six years. They also note the bill will grant illegal aliens eligibility for in-state tuition and the right to sponsor their parents and extended family for legalization…

An aide to a moderate GOP senator said Democrats haven’t made any serious attempts to discuss the bill with the other side of the aisle. There is “no real organized effort that I am aware of,” the source said, “generally this is seen for what it is — a political, not policy driven endeavor.”…

Potentially offering hope to the legislation’s advocates, Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said Republicans aren’t making it their top priority to kill the bill.

“I don’t have a whip count on it…Our priority is making sure no one gets a tax hike and funding the government while reducing spending,” Stewart said.

Sounds scary, but the Caller’s own whip count does a nifty job in lowering the alarm. The only senator to confirm he’s voting with the other party thus far is Democrat Ben Nelson, who’ll join the GOP in opposition. Lindsey Graham’s also a no, as (in all likelihood) is incoming Republican Mark Kirk, so Reid will start three votes short of the 60 he needs for cloture. Beyond that, there are a bunch of centrist Dems who voted no on DREAM in 2007; several of them — Conrad, McCaskill, Tester — are up in 2012 and thus have every political incentive to repeat their vote this time. Manchin and Jim Webb are up in 2012 too and will face red or reddening electorates, and on the GOP side, we already know all about the primary threat to Olympia Snowe and Orrin Hatch. Even George LeMieux, who’ll be replaced by Rubio come January but is thinking of challenging Bill Nelson in 2012, may feel safe in opposing DREAM in order to avoid being primaried and in light of the fact that Rubio did well with Latino voters despite his own qualified anti-amnesty positions. (Of course, Rubio may have had ethnic support from Cuban voters that LeMieux can’t count on.) All of which is to say, Reid’s likely six to eight votes in the hole before Republican defectors even factor into the equation. Even if he flips LeMieux and McCain and one or two others (Murkowski, Collins), how does he get to 60?

That’s probably why McConnell isn’t scrambling to defeat this. Why bother whipping the caucus when he knows the righty base will whip them for him? Speaking of which, if you want to put in a little phone time, you’re probably better off leaning on nervous Dems than on Republicans, since Democrats will be hearing it from the other side. Here are the numbers for the fencesitters.

Update: Ah, much ado about nothing on LeMieux. The boss emeritus has already confirmed that he’s voting no, as is Hutchison.

Update: Don Stewart, the McConnell spokesman cited in the Daily Caller piece, reached out to Ed to say that people have misunderstood. It’s not that stopping DREAM isn’t a priority, it’s that he was simply drawing a contrast between the GOP’s focus on economic relief and the Democrats’ preoccupation with ancillary “liberal wish list” items like DADT and DREAM. He points specifically to this passage from McConnell’s recent weekly address:

“Americans don’t think we should be raising taxes on anybody, especially in the middle of a recession. But instead of giving Americans what they want, Democratic leaders plan to use the last few days that lawmakers expect to spend in Washington this year focusing on everything except preventing this tax hike, which will cost us even more jobs:

“…Immigration…A repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ …A reorganization of the FDA … More environmental regulations…

“Democrats put off all these things until after the election, along with the most basic task of funding the government. By focusing on them now, and not on legislation to promote job creation and reduce spending, they’re showing where their priorities lie.”

In other words, they’re not pro-DREAM, they simply think Reid should stop wasting valuable time in the lame-duck with crappy distractions that voters don’t much care about.


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He better be….The buttface….

twiggman on November 23, 2010 at 2:24 PM

You know…

Whilst you watch your 4 year old daughter get a rectal exam by a TSA Agent on your way to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving…

… has anyone noticed that our borders are still not secure?

Seven Percent Solution on November 23, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Primary Mitch McConnell! If that fails, after ’12 we should have the numbers to at least demote him.

FloatingRock on November 23, 2010 at 2:24 PM

This guy is an idiot. We were stuck with Dirty Harry Reid, and now we’re stuck with this clueless d*uck?

james23 on November 23, 2010 at 2:25 PM

U guys are getting good at posting headers that’ll push the outrage button and score those precious clicks!!

rickyricardo on November 23, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The Republicans are praying that the Democrats pass immigration reform. They don’t want to do it, and it would save them alot of headaches fighting over illegal immigration.

It sucks, but its the truth.

portlandon on November 23, 2010 at 2:27 PM

The borders, north and south, are wide open allowing the terrorists to come in. Meantime, grandma, grandad, baby, Sister Mary, and all the rest are being groped, fondled, fingered—all without a drink or a cigarette—and these morons want to make life easy for illegal aliens. Make life real easy for illegals. Enforce the damn existing laws!

SilentWatcher on November 23, 2010 at 2:28 PM

McConnell represents everything wrong with the U.S. Government.

100% Jackass – tired old white man – the worst of the worst.

jake-the-goose on November 23, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Wrong answer, Mitch.

Red Cloud on November 23, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I don’t think the Dream Act is going to fly, but it is disturbing that McConnell employs a guy who is silly enough to say something so foolish and so tone-deaf.

novaculus on November 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

I saw at The Corner earlier that McCain is a no. The Corner or The Weekly Standard Blog, though I think it was The Corner. I think this is going no where.

lizzie beth on November 23, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Betrayal

WordsMatter on November 23, 2010 at 2:34 PM

If true, I’m delighted the Dream Act won’t gain any traction over the lame-duck session. Still, as Seven Percent mentioned, what about our borders?!

anXdem on November 23, 2010 at 2:34 PM

I get what McConnell is saying, but there are better ways of phrasing it. And BTW, don’t assume anything when it comes to Reid and his ability to buy people off. While I do think the DREAM Act’s passage is a pipe dream, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

Doughboy on November 23, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Right answer, Mitch. Stick to Lincoln.

But…

Make sure an amendment gets in stating that if any State or local government gives a break to an illegal, then they must give an equivalent break to any citizen of a State. Stop California from giving tuition breaks to illegals while people from other states have to pay an increased price.

unclesmrgol on November 23, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Jeff Sessions circulated a memo laying out top 10 reasons the Dream Act would be a nightmare. It’s a good (and scary) read, but I don’t know how to link it here.

LASue on November 23, 2010 at 2:36 PM

It’s offical the Dc beltway did not get the message from the elections.

unseen on November 23, 2010 at 2:36 PM

McConnell better make it a priority, or he can resign now and save the money he’d otherwise spend in trying to get reelected.

GarandFan on November 23, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Here is a link to the list of Senators who are up for re-election in 2012:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?Class=1

You can apply some extra pressure to these Senators when you call to oppose the DREAM Act or any other bills.

In the meantime, we need to make sure these states have candidates ready to run against any Senator who is not worthy of re-election.

wren on November 23, 2010 at 2:39 PM

It’s offical the Dc beltway did not get the message from the elections.

unseen on November 23, 2010 at 2:36 PM

CONCUR!! I live inside the Beltway, and things are VERY DIFFERENT here… Like the outside world, flyover country, and the last election results DON’T EXIST!!

Khun Joe on November 23, 2010 at 2:41 PM

1. The DREAM Act is NOT limited to children, and it will be funded on the backs of hard working, law-abiding Americans.

2. The DREAM Act PROVIDES SAFE HARBOR FOR ANY ALIEN, including criminals, from being removed or deported if they simply submit an application.

3. Certain criminal aliens will be eligible for amnesty under the DREAM Act.

4. Estimates suggest that at least 2.1 million illegal aliens will be eligible for the DREAM Act amnesty. In reality, we have no idea how many illegal aliens will apply.

5. Illegal aliens will get in-state tuition benefits.

6. The DREAM Act does not require that an illegal alien finish any type of degree (vocational, two-year, or bachelor’s degree) as a condition of amnesty.

7. The DREAM Act does not require that an illegal alien serve in the military as a condition for amnesty, and there is already a legal process in place for illegal aliens to obtain U.S. citizenship through military service.

8. Despite their current illegal status, DREAM Act aliens will be given all the rights that legal immigrants receive — including the legal right to sponsor their parents and extended family members for immigration.

9. Current illegal aliens will get federal student loans, federal work study programs, and other forms of federal financial aid.

10. DHS is prohibited from using the information provided by illegal aliens whose DREAM Act amnesty applications are denied to initiate their removal proceedings or investigate or prosecute fraud in the application process.

Akzed on November 23, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Update: Ah, much ado about nothing on LeMieux. The boss emeritus has already confirmed that he’s voting no, as is Hutchison.

This is EXACTLY why defeating Castle was worth it.

angryed on November 23, 2010 at 2:43 PM

When I look at McConnell’s photo, I want to believe in physiognomy (e.g., weak chin = weak character).

DrMagnolias on November 23, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I don’t think the Dream Act is going to fly, but it is disturbing that McConnell employs a guy who is silly enough to say something so foolish and so tone-deaf.

novaculus on November 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Good point.

INC on November 23, 2010 at 2:46 PM

LeMieux has worked out far better than I thought he would.

INC on November 23, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Please tell me we have a viable primary opponent to this week chin’d douche nozzle.

liquidflorian on November 23, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Our unemployment is 12% — Just don’t hire Mexicans.

tarpon on November 23, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Watch it, pasty boy. Or your out!

Key West Reader on November 23, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Jeff Sessions circulated a memo laying out top 10 reasons the Dream Act would be a nightmare. It’s a good (and scary) read, but I don’t know how to link it here.

LASue on November 23, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Here is a link to the full text of Jeff Sessions’ “Ten Things You Need To Know About S.3827, The DREAM Act”

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/253506/and-dream-shall-never-die-mark-krikorian

Many thanks to Senator Jeff Sesssions for taking a lead on opposing the DREAM Act!

We need to make it very clear that the American people will not accept the DREAM Act.

Call your Senators NOW!

wren on November 23, 2010 at 2:51 PM

This is yet another topic that infuriates me.

After 1 year of out-of-state tuition, I applied for in-state, because I met all the in-state residency requirements.

REJECTED.

I had to submit a ream of supporting documentation for my appeal, including affidavits of my intention to remain in the state after graduation and copies of vehicle/voter/etc. registrations. I even included one of my high school PAPERs discussing my aspirations (which were very specific to the region where I was attending grad school).

I only received in-state after I submitted all of this ridiculous and irrlevent amount paperwork…and they knew they couldn’t get rid of me with just one rejection. I would play vulture as long as it took, and I think they knew it.

What I should have done is left for Mexico, then tried to re-enter illegally. Apparantly, that’s the quicker way of obtaining in-state status.

Miss_Anthrope on November 23, 2010 at 2:56 PM

“…Our priority is making sure no one gets a tax hike and funding the government while reducing spending,”

So voting to (or not voting to stop) effectively ‘legalize’ millions of illegals would do this how?

catmman on November 23, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Please tell me we have a viable primary opponent to this week chin’d douche nozzle.

liquidflorian on November 23, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Alas, Senator Mitch McConnell is in Class 2, so he is not up for re-election until 2014.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=KY

wren on November 23, 2010 at 2:56 PM

This is EXACTLY why defeating Castle was worth it.

angryed on November 23, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Post of the YEAR!

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 2:56 PM

This is EXACTLY why defeating Castle was worth it.

angryed on November 23, 2010 at 2:43 PM

How so? Bob Bennett had already been successfully primaried; Snowe knows she’s getting primaried no matter what happened to Mike Castle.

Allahpundit on November 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM

CONCUR!! I live inside the Beltway, and things are VERY DIFFERENT here… Like the outside world, flyover country, and the last election results DON’T EXIST!!

Khun Joe on November 23, 2010 at 2:41 PM

it would be nice for someone to start a blog by a normal person… noticing what goes on in the beltway and what they don’t seem too see or understand.

upinak on November 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Here is a link to the list of Senators who are up for re-election in 2012:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?Class=1

You can apply some extra pressure to these Senators when you call to oppose the DREAM Act or any other bills.

In the meantime, we need to make sure these states have candidates ready to run against any Senator who is not worthy of re-election.

wren on November 23, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Sadly, most, in both parties need to go.

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM

OT: I wonder how many more are out there like this

ConservativePartyNow on November 23, 2010 at 3:00 PM

How so? Bob Bennett had already been successfully primaried; Snowe knows she’s getting primaried no matter what happened to Mike Castle.

Allahpundit on November 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Mike Castle would be there to vote FOR it, for one thing.

Snowe has been on the endangered species list for some time, but other RINOs have felt “safe.”

If you have Miss Lindsay voting no on this deal, you know there are some mighty scared people up there.

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Mike Castle would be there to vote FOR it, for one thing.

Maybe. Whereas now Chris Coons is there and will definitely vote for it.

Allahpundit on November 23, 2010 at 3:04 PM

it would be nice for someone to start a blog by a normal person… noticing what goes on in the beltway and what they don’t seem too see or understand.

upinak on November 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM

That would be a full time job!!!!!

You could write a library full of books about what those out of touch hacks don’t seem to understand!

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 3:05 PM

It may be a “NO” but there is no reason to use a lot of cowbell

J_Crater on November 23, 2010 at 3:07 PM

This is yet another topic that infuriates me.

After 1 year of out-of-state tuition, I applied for in-state, because I met all the in-state residency requirements.

REJECTED.

Miss_Anthrope on November 23, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Unfortunately you are going to be even more infuriated by the recent court decision in California.

California’s Supreme Court became the first in the country Monday to affirm the right of illegal immigrants to pay the same college tuition as state residents, rather than the higher out-of-state rate.

The ruling upholds a 2002 state law that lets students pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities if they attended a California high school for at least three years before graduating.

Nine states have similar laws.

Of the 2,000 or so University of California students who benefit from the law, about 400 are undocumented, according to a UC survey. Other state universities say they don’t track students’ status.

At UC, state residents pay $11,300 in tuition a year; nonresidents pay $34,000. State and federal law prohibit illegal residents from receiving public grants or scholarships.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/11/16/MNG61GCDH0.DTL

And Californians wonder why their state is on the edge of a financial cliff.

Stop this nonsense now!

wren on November 23, 2010 at 3:08 PM

How so? Bob Bennett had already been successfully primaried; Snowe knows she’s getting primaried no matter what happened to Mike Castle.

Allahpundit on November 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Yeah but nobody knew who Bennett was. Even among righties. But everyone and their cousin knows the Castle/O’Donnell saga. And the fact that Castle, who was the heir apparent to the senate seat got tossed on his ass will make every RINO, from senator to dog catcher think twice before voting like a Democrat.

angryed on November 23, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Maybe. Whereas now Chris Coons is there and will definitely vote for it.

Allahpundit on November 23, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Uh oh.

Truth be told, Castle would have been easier to influence from the right into a “no” vote if he was on the fence.

Coons? Not so much.

But at least we killed us a RINO. That’s what was important.

Good Lt on November 23, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Maybe. Whereas now Chris Coons is there and will definitely vote for it.

Allahpundit on November 23, 2010 at 3:04 PM

See point B.

The RINOs are a-feared for their political lives! They understand, or should, that the people are patient enough to take them out, even if it means a loss in the general, because eventually, it will be better for America.

You MUST think long term in this deal, rather election cycle to election cycle. It took the democrats 100 years to get us to the brink of full on communism. We’re at the point now that hard core liberal “Republicans” are called “moderates” by people, and with a straight face.

This will take a long time to turn around. Luckily, the democrat party seems hell-bent on tacking even further left, and will destroy itself. It’s up to us to save our own party from the same fate.

The only other option is to start a new party, and let the RINOs have the GOP. We’re not nearly at that point yet.

Job one is sending every single RINO (HARD CORE LIBERALS) home. It may take a decade, it may take a generation, but every single defeated RINO is a WIN.

These losers are nothing more than democrat enablers. None of the dangerous legislation that has been shoved down America’s throat in the past few decades could have happened without these democrat enablers.

They must go. Period.

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Unless McCain has changed his mind in the last day or so, he’s a no. His office was saying, as of yesterday, that he does not support (this version of) the DREAM act.

Make sure an amendment gets in stating that if any State or local government gives a break to an illegal, then they must give an equivalent break to any citizen of a State.

unclesmrgol on November 23, 2010 at 2:34 PM

There is already an existing federal law to that effect. It is currently being ignored by 10 states, including California. (And shockingly, there is no DOJ lawsuit to force these states to stop violating federal law!). The current version of the DREAM Act would, if passed, repeal that existing federal law.

AZCoyote on November 23, 2010 at 3:20 PM

And the fact that Castle, who was the heir apparent to the senate seat got tossed on his ass will make every RINO, from senator to dog catcher think twice before voting like a Democrat.

angryed on November 23, 2010 at 3:10 PM

And the fact that Coons beat O’Donnell by 16 points will make every tea party organizer in America think twice next time about backing a less-than-stellar primary challenger. Both sides have lessons to learn from the past cycle.

Allahpundit on November 23, 2010 at 3:24 PM

But at least we killed us a RINO. That’s what was important.

Good Lt on November 23, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Yeah. When Coons casts his yes vote on DREAM, we’ll console ourselves with the moral victory.

Allahpundit on November 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM

It may take a decade, it may take a generation, but every single defeated RINO is a WIN.

Not if they’re replaced by hard-left Democrats who vote down-the-line communist.

They must go. Period.

gary4205 on November 23, 2010 at 3:16 PM

I’d rather communist Democrats and bearded Marxists go first. Or better yet, not even be there in the first place.

Good Lt on November 23, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Yeah. When Coons casts his yes vote on DREAM, we’ll console ourselves with the moral victory.

Allahpundit on November 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM

I know I’ll be popping the champagne with ever vote he casts for Obama’s agenda. Which will be all of them.

Because that dirty RINO isn’t there being all RINO-y. Or something.

Good Lt on November 23, 2010 at 3:29 PM

McConnell represents everything wrong with the U.S. Government.

100% Jackass – tired old white man – the worst of the worst.

jake-the-goose on November 23, 2010 at 2:28 PM
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Uh-huh.

ohiobabe on November 23, 2010 at 3:29 PM

But at least we killed us a RINO. That’s what was important.

Good Lt on November 23, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Yeah. When Coons casts his yes vote on DREAM, we’ll console ourselves with the moral victory.

Allahpundit on November 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM

You’re both missing the big picture.

Let’s say for the sake of argument that Castle would have voted no. Which is a pipe dream, but let’s pretend.

Had he not been primaried, Snowe, Collins, Graham, Lemieux would have been definite yes votes.

So we lost 1 vote but gained 4. To me that is a victory.

angryed on November 23, 2010 at 3:30 PM

IN other words:

Hey, kid… yeah you, you filthy American Citizen. You who worked hard, kept your nose clean and made straight A’s, did your community service, joined volunteer groups, worked past your bed time to study for that test?

Step aside, you filthy American Citizen. We have an illegal here that needs to get in front of you. Yes, we know he didn’t do much and that he hung out with the drug gangs and that he skipped classes and failed; yeah he was a bully and a punk and mouthed off to the teachers and started food fights; never joined a sports team or a club or anything… But…

He’s illegal. He goes before you.

Step aside, filthy Americans. The illegals are worth more than you will ever be.

Key West Reader on November 23, 2010 at 3:31 PM

You’re both missing the big picture.

Let’s say for the sake of argument that Castle would have voted no. Which is a pipe dream, but let’s pretend.

Had he not been primaried, Snowe, Collins, Graham, Lemieux would have been definite yes votes.

There’s no way we’ll ever know that now, will we?

So we lost 1 vote but gained 4. To me that is a victory.

angryed on November 23, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Other moderates were primaried and lost. They know the country shifted back to the right. Castle wasn’t the “deciding factor.”

The “true conservative” candidate in DE lost by 16 points.

Not exactly sending the fear of God through the Mod Squad in the Senate – if anything, it assures them that if they want to be re-elected statewide in their moderate states, they should not to go running in the direction of COD.

Just a thought.

Good Lt on November 23, 2010 at 3:37 PM

California Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein deserves to receive extra heat for her support of the DREAM Act of which she is a Co-sponsor.

“The DREAM Act would benefit young people who have earned the privilege to remain in the United States,” Senator Feinstein said.

http://feinstein.senate.gov/03Releases/r-dreamact.htm

The latest, high-profile illegal alien deportation waiver is being sponsored by California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein:

A San Francisco community college student awaiting deportation to his native Peru won a temporary reprieve Friday when U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation halting immigration enforcement proceedings against him.

http://michellemalkin.com/2010/11/22/dianne-feinstein-grants-an-illegal-alien-deportation-waiver/

Fortunately, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) is up for re-election in 2012.

Since she clearly supports the interests of ILLEGAL immigrants over the interests of the American citizens who elected her, Senator Feinstein needs to be VOTED OUT OF OFFICE!

wren on November 23, 2010 at 3:43 PM

I truly dislike that stuttering, waddle-faced, limp-wrist.

Grayson on November 23, 2010 at 3:48 PM

When the glacier is sliding your direction, you just let it slide. No cheerleading needed.

RBMN on November 23, 2010 at 3:48 PM

You know…

Whilst you watch your 4 year old daughter get a rectal exam by a TSA Agent on your way to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving…

… has anyone noticed that our borders are still not secure?

Seven Percent Solution on November 23, 2010 at 2:24 PM

They must think it’s okay for foreigners to kill citizens one at a time, but a whole planeload would make for bad press.

John Deaux on November 23, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Via Mickey Kaus, who’s been insisting for months to the amusement of his critics that, yes indeed, Democrats might pursue big-ticket liberal legislation in the lame-duck session and that the DREAM Act could be the particular ticket they have in mind.

Mickey Kaus ran against Senator Barbara Boxer in the California Democrat Primary in November.

Any chance that Mickey would be willing to run in the Democrat Primary against Senator Diane Feinstein in 2012?

Please?

wren on November 23, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Can’t McConnell walk and chew gum at the same time? Doesn’t he realize what a fiscal drain the DREAM act is during this economic depression?

How stupid is McConnell’s spokesman? Shouldn’t he be taken to the woodshed?

onlineanalyst on November 23, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Someone in McConnell’s position is like an air traffic controller guiding ten planes in for a safe landing. Just because you don’t understand why he has your plane circling the field for half an hour, he knows why he does. Not everything is nefarious. Sometimes it’s just the timing and logistics that brings everyone in for a safe landing.

RBMN on November 23, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Stopping the DREAM Act better be a top priority for McConnell. This is their last chance and they best remember it. We gave them the House this time and we can give it back if republicans don’t honor their promises.

lonestar1 on November 23, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Much ado about nothing. Doesn’t take much to get some of you flinging hate at Mcconnell.

KeepOhioRed on November 23, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Let’s see. . . . . DREAM Act to legalized illegals, open borders north and south with 80 mile no go area north of the AZ-Mexico border and Americans required to undergo enhanced pat downs and checks before flying. What am I missing here. Has America surrendered her sovereignty AND Americans their 4th Amendment rights. With this and S.510 to regulate our food supply by regulating us, the FCC going to issue net neutrality rules because even the Democratic congress couldn’t get it passed and coal licenses denied/revoked as were oil drilling rights, one could easily get the idea our government cares more for illegals and much less for the welfare of the American people. Just saying.

Yet the people of America remain mostly passive willing to give up freedom for false security all the while failing to realize that in the end they will have neither.

amr on November 23, 2010 at 4:15 PM

So Castle would have been seated during the lame duck session now? Does he have magical RINO-ey powers or something?

The Mega Independent on November 23, 2010 at 4:17 PM

McConnell must be polling, he’s been sending so many mixed messages on a lot of issues.

I wonder how he’ll vote on Net Neutrality, that’s in the queue and it’ll effect all of us.

Kini on November 23, 2010 at 4:17 PM

To Mitch dufus McConnell It better be!!!! Or the rhino hunt will start with you as number one on the hit parade.

grapeknutz on November 23, 2010 at 4:25 PM

McConnell is sticking his finger in the wind, the TSA is sticking their fingers up our asses….can you guess which finger I’m holding up?

ElectricPhase on November 23, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Had he not been primaried, Snowe, Collins, Graham, Lemieux would have been definite yes votes.

So we lost 1 vote but gained 4. To me that is a victory.

angryed on November 23, 2010 at 3:30 PM

You state that as if it is proveable fact. It isn’t. You’re just making up statements to justify your wacky candidate losing when we could have had that seat.

KeepOhioRed on November 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Everyone knows the way Coons will vote… that makes it a simpler tally. Castle would play the ‘maybe yes – maybe no, what will you offer me?’ game and not take a firm stance on anything because he was a Machine candidate. It is those individuals who sell out on ‘historic’ votes that always seem to be on the left side of things.

And COD lost by one more point than the R Candidate running for Representative in DE… since they only have one that is a State-wide office. Complaining about a COD loss must then look at the Republican Party in DE: it sucks like an electrolux. Perhaps NO conservative could win on the R party there, no?

ajacksonian on November 23, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Re: the update

Maybe McConnell’s aide should join Obama and the Dems at “messaging” school.

novaculus on November 23, 2010 at 4:46 PM

we really should get rid of the lame duck session. Over the last couple of decades big items have passed. These people can’t be trusted unless they have to face the voters.

r keller on November 23, 2010 at 5:01 PM

we really should get rid of the lame duck session. Over the last couple of decades big items have passed. These people can’t be trusted unless they have to face the voters.

r keller on November 23, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Yep. I heard today that they are trying to slip the falsely named “net neutrality” in right before Christmas.

onlineanalyst on November 23, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Forget the freaking Dream Act…..

BREAKING NEWS………

I just heard her on Hannity’s radio show and I DO NOT THINK SHE IS GOING TO RUN IN 2012.

There is no one on the GOP scene that is committed to do what needs to be done to get it fixed.

WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!
WE ARE SCREWED!!!!!

PappyD61 on November 23, 2010 at 5:18 PM

There is no one on the GOP scene that is committed to do what needs to be done to get it fixed.

PappyD61 on November 23, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Should Sarah not seek the nomination, Bobby Jindal would make a fine President.

rukiddingme on November 23, 2010 at 5:22 PM

LiMeux is going to challenge Nelson? So who do Conservatives have to run against him? Is he just a Crist drone? I think I read that he endorsed Rubio after Crist jumped ship, but that could just be opportunism. I’m curious if he is worthy of the seat.

Daemonocracy on November 23, 2010 at 5:38 PM

PappyD61 on November 23, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Bobby Jindal man, trust me, you’ll like him. Sarah isn’t quite ready and I think she’s knows it, we will definitely see her in the future.

Daemonocracy on November 23, 2010 at 5:39 PM

At UC, state residents pay $11,300 in tuition a year; nonresidents pay $34,000. State and federal law prohibit illegal residents from receiving public grants or scholarships.

Illegals might not be eligible for ‘public’ scholarships, but according to my h.s. senior, there are at least a few private scholarships available only to illegal aliens (for which citizens do not qualify!), and most don’t seem to require legal residency.

LASue on November 23, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Bobby Jindal man, trust me, you’ll like him. Sarah isn’t quite ready and I think she’s knows it, we will definitely see her in the future.

Daemonocracy on November 23, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Jindal is about 10 years YOUNGER than Palin. Well, I don’t know if you remember his “response” to Obama’s first state of the union address – but it was a complete mess.

I say let the primaries happen and let the best man or woman win. Personally – I can’t wait for the debates – because I think Palin will kill the other potential nominees.

Then it’s a done deal.

HondaV65 on November 23, 2010 at 5:50 PM

In other words, they’re not pro-DREAM, they simply think Reid should stop wasting valuable time in the lame-duck with crappy distractions that voters don’t much care about.

In other words, no hyperventilating over this folks. The adults are still running the show, and the GOP are on track to work on the things that matter, not derail their own train before it leaves the station.

Say, what time does DWTS come on? (just kidding!)

itzWicks on November 23, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Should Sarah not seek the nomination, Bobby Jindal would make a fine President.

rukiddingme on November 23, 2010 at 5:22 PM

nope, unimpressed (Gilligan with a tan).

The media and SNL would eat him alive.

No cajones and he’s not got the spine to REALLY CHANGE the mess we’re in.

PappyD61 on November 23, 2010 at 6:06 PM

think twice next time about backing a less-than-stellar primary challenger.

Or maybe the republicans will think twice about throwing a hissy fit when the people choose someone other then the dishonest member of the club chosen for them. It’s the republican insiders who gave everything from lukewarm support to outright hostility to O’Donnell. Angle and Miller and gave us reid, coons and murkowski. Instead of passing judgement on the People, because that is who the Tea Party is, why not start asking why the republican leadership has not told murkowski to take a hike and assign a republican here committee positions?

peacenprosperity on November 23, 2010 at 6:07 PM

DREAM ACT……aka “The EMPTY MEXICO /Hello North American Union Act”

We might as well start buying Buillion. This sucker is going down!!!!!

PappyD61 on November 23, 2010 at 6:17 PM

This is yet another topic that infuriates me.

After 1 year of out-of-state tuition, I applied for in-state, because I met all the in-state residency requirements.

REJECTED.

I had to submit a ream of supporting documentation for my appeal, including affidavits of my intention to remain in the state after graduation and copies of vehicle/voter/etc. registrations. I even included one of my high school PAPERs discussing my aspirations (which were very specific to the region where I was attending grad school).

I only received in-state after I submitted all of this ridiculous and irrlevent amount paperwork…and they knew they couldn’t get rid of me with just one rejection. I would play vulture as long as it took, and I think they knew it.

What I should have done is left for Mexico, then tried to re-enter illegally. Apparantly, that’s the quicker way of obtaining in-state status.

Miss_Anthrope on November 23, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Exactly!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why is it easier for an illegal to get an education than it is for our own?????????

Not only that, but my daughter had a student loan thru a third party with better interest rates then what the gubmint was offering. Since O’bumbler changed the rules, she has no other choice than to pay the higher interest rates and take it in the shorts thru O’bumbler’s government highway robbery, or forget the 3 years she has already gone thru, her loan, and her education to be a pharmacist!

This guy is a REAL peach!

AllosaursRus on November 23, 2010 at 6:35 PM

What about Blanche Lincoln? Shouldn’t she vote No in honor of her ass-whipping?

SouthernGent on November 23, 2010 at 6:43 PM

RINO !!!!!
He is NEXT on the HIT PARADE .

ColdWarrior57 on November 23, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Because that dirty RINO isn’t there being all RINO-y. Or something.

Good Lt on November 23, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Yeah it’s a damn shame Coons the Demonrat is voting 100% down the line with the Regime ..that just sucks totally!

It should be our guy Castle the big p*ssy in there voting 100% down the line with th regime !!

/what
a dumbass

cableguy615 on November 23, 2010 at 8:05 PM

McCain is a no? Then Palin has his balls in a lockbox, the price for her endorsement. Heh.

SilentWatcher on November 23, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Much ado about nothing, caused by bloggers throwing out red meat to the blood-lusting Long Knives spoiling for a Stalinist purge of all things RINO (which they define of anyone who ever disagrees with them on anything, or shows insufficient enthusiasm in agreement).

For those with half a wit or more: just how many “top priorities” can you have, really?

There are substantial numbers among us who may vote correctly, but are a few sandwiches short of a picnic IYKWIMAITTYD.

Adjoran on November 23, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Man… I make one call to his office and the guy goes running to Ed to clarify… Damn I get results. ;-)

Diogenes of Sinope on November 23, 2010 at 10:32 PM

McConnell represents everything wrong with the U.S. Government.

100% Jackass – tired old white man – the worst of the worst.

jake-the-goose on November 23, 2010 at 2:28 PM

RACIST!!!11!!!1!

steebo77 on November 24, 2010 at 12:35 AM

The Nightmare Act must be stopped.

JackM on November 24, 2010 at 4:59 AM

Open Borders, Medicare in a shambles, Welfare payments up, Crime leading to a beautiful city like Phoenix being the kidnapping capital of the U.S………….WHY OF COURSE……let’s hand out College tuition for FREE to Illegals.

Next up for Illegals?

Gift cards for Black Friday shopping?

PappyD61 on November 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM

McConnell is a perfect example of how the RINOs just don’t understand. He will understand that RINO season is a year around proposition that is NOT going away. The 2010 election was just a stop to the direction our country was going. The 2012 election will be a step in the right direction. This nightmare is far from over. Just be an American and things will work out in the end whether these buffoons ever understand or not.

volsense on November 24, 2010 at 8:50 AM