Mitch McConnell: Senate Republicans have to pick their battles wisely

posted at 1:55 pm on February 9, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell today suggested Democrats’ unwillingness to pass a budget will reflect poorly on them — unless Republicans allow Democrats to draw them into another projected battle to reduce the deficit like the standoff that consumed Congress last summer.

Realistically, McConnell said, the discretionary spending levels that were negotiated during the debt ceiling deal in the Budget Control Act are the lowest Democrats will go.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has argued that the Senate has essentially already passed a budget because it agreed on discretionary spending levels, which is enough to allow the appropriations committee to do its work — but not enough to establish a long-term plan for the fiscal future of the country. In fact, the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in more than 1,000 days, even though The Congressional Budget Act requires it.

Given Republicans’ minority status, though, McConnell said, they won’t be able to squeeze much more out of Reid.

“The discretionary spending levels that were negotiated are the best we’re going to be able to pass,” McConnell. “I think we will  move forward with the limit that was agreed to. Now, I wish it were lower, but I think it’s important to remember we have a Democratic Senate and a Democratic president. And you have a choice between trying to squeeze them down as much as you can or being completely dysfunctional.”

In other words, another battle enables the Democrats to blame Republicans for inaction.

“Our goal is to keep the focus on [the president's] record,” McConnell said. “We’re not going to let them let us be a foil.”

But, on another issue, McConnell said the Senate is ready to fight — and that’s the contraception insurance coverage mandate recently reiterated by the Department of Health and Human Services.

McConnell, who is expected to speak on the subject on the Senate floor soon, echoed Boehner when he said, “This is not just a Catholic issue … This is an issue of religious freedom.”

There are three ways the mandate could be repealed, McConnell said: The president could have an epiphany and realize he went in the wrong direction, he could sign a repeal bill passed by Congress or the U.S. could elect a new president.

No matter what, the Senate will take action on a bill to reverse the mandate — and McConnell expects at least some Democratic support. Because, for all practical purposes, it usually takes at least 60 votes to accomplish anything in the Senate, Republicans will need more than a handful of Democrats, but McConnell said he’s optimistic.


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How about just picking one battle and sticking with it…

PatriotRider on February 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

WHAT battle?

JimboHoffa on February 9, 2012 at 1:58 PM

If Democrats have 20 senators they’d fight tooth and nail against everything the Republicans did.

The Rs have 47 and they sit back and shrug their shoulders.

angryed on February 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Right….so more debt. More big government

MoreLiberty on February 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

“Our goal is to keep the focus on [the president's] record,” McConnell said. “We’re not going to let them let us be a foil.”

Help me help you help me help you.

angryed on February 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

The changes that need to be made at the federal level are too big to be made without the voter’s consent. Say what you are going to do [in 2012] and do what you say [in 2013].

WashJeff on February 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

“Battles”? McConnell-you don’t know the meaning of the word!Resign now!

redware on February 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

You can’t pick your own butt without asking donk permission Mitch.

JimboHoffa on February 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Yes, we DO have to pick our battles wisely. Like replacing Mitch McConnell with Jim DeMint for some REAL leadership.

michaelo on February 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

WashJeff on February 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

If only

cozmo on February 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Nutless wonders. Eunuchs all.

The War Planner on February 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Gaaahhhhh, This idiot makes me nutz!

OmahaConservative on February 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Just what the near-moribund Repubs should do: listen to the man(?) who gave us OsamaObamaCare because he wanted to get home in time for Christmas!

If this chump was clerking in a shoe store, I wouldn’t buy a pair of slippers from him.

MrScribbler on February 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I think the Republicans may just be able to come up with the 60 votes in the Senate they need to repeal the HHS rule. This issue is absolutely toxic for the Democrats, and is causing even normally socially liberal voters to stand up and take notice, and they know it.

Now, realistically, they won’t get enough votes for it to be veto proof. But maybe if the House and Senate, with bipartisan support, push through a repeal, Obama will realize just how politically toxic it is and walk it back.

If not, it gives the Republicans one heck of a campaign message — “Congress was able to act in a bipartisan way to respect your religious liberty and the President stood in our way. He must be defeated if you want your liberty back.”

Shump on February 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I am getting the distinct feeling that the GOP doesn’t care much about the presidential election.

I think they would rather wait for the 2016 contest, when they will have Ryan, Christie, Rubio, Daniels–a deep pool of talent. And by that time, the Dems will have destroyed the economy and our liberties, so they will be a shoe-in.

PattyJ on February 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

It’s apparently impossible for the Rs to pick a Senate leader with balls. Can we at least get one with a chin next time?

single stack on February 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

What a cop-out! The Repubs have to choose their battles wisely while that old coot Harry Reidiculous slacks off, blatantly refusing to do his job as he runs roughshod over America. It’s time for the voters to choose their battles and I say the wise ones will be to vote ALL of you out of office in favor of those who will deliver on their campaign promises and represent their constituents.

stukinIL4now on February 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

STFU! you dumb*ss are sent to congress to uphold the constitution! you allowed obummer to trample it! dont pick your fights ! just FIGHT DAMN IT !
fricken panty waste. ( I know I know ) but he is wasting good panties!

ColdWarrior57 on February 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Yes, we DO have to pick our battles wisely. Like replacing Mitch McConnell with Jim DeMint for some REAL leadership.

michaelo on February 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Hear, hear. McConnell wouldn’t know how to go into battle if he was riding the bomb all the way to the ground.

totherightofthem on February 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

What a disgusting aristocratic figurehead!

Get him out of there.

Symbols are indignant.

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Translation:

“Don’t criticize us when we cave in to the Dems…again.”

Wethal on February 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM

If we can possibly win the senate, how in the world will we keep this spineless worm from taking reids job? We can’t fight both the d’s and our rino’s in dc, we gotta get rid of these slugs!
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letget on February 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell [...]

Somebody seriously needs to remind this guy about the ‘L’ word in his title.

ElectricPhase on February 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

That’s right Mitch. Carry the pragmatic flag and keep your principles at the curb.

Sure, we do need to pick some battles and be wise, but never at the expense of our principles.

There is a reason you and others like you Mitch are seen as the “establishment” and it’s so derided. Because you are pragmatic politicians. Conservatism is merely a tool to you, not a principle to live by. The ground you walk on is shifting sand.

Logus on February 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

All the GOP in the senate cares about is getting to the majority, so they all get their chairmanships back, wih nicer offices and bigger staffs and budgets.

Wethal on February 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

He could start by picking his vag1na up off the floor.

lorien1973 on February 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

This is how Republicans justify doing nothing.

Why the hell do I even support the GOP if all we get is “we have to pick our battles wisely” right before the GOP caves on something else?

Aitch748 on February 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

If only

cozmo on February 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

This is the tack that it appears Paul Ryan wants the GOP to follow. This is what Gov. Walker did in WI. Say what you are going to do and then do it if elected. I more worried about our, hopefully, GOP President than the House and/or Senate.

If the American vote still wants to blame Bush, does not believe they can surive in a free market without BIG safety nets, then the die is cast.

WashJeff on February 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

single stack on February 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM

LOL. thanks for the laugh!

GhoulAid on February 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

McConnell needs to go back to the basement and keep looking for his stapler.

Hey, what happened to that pipeline anyway? And the 1.2 million people who disappeared from the labor force last month?

forest on February 9, 2012 at 2:12 PM

If anybody thinks I’ll get sucked into commenting on this article, you’re sadly mistaken.

Oh..wait…

timberline on February 9, 2012 at 2:14 PM

the repubs need a war room with focus groups to test the messages. then journolist that message to all repubs so they can compete/FIGHT with the LSM and the democrats.

Dr. Demento on February 9, 2012 at 2:14 PM

What a nice guy he is. Except nice guys don’t win battles on Capitol Hill.

Someone go kick him in the family jewels and see if he wants to fight…

gravityman on February 9, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I’m sorry but REALLY?

You don’t go the distance on the budget but you are ready and willing to take on a social issue so contentious the Catholics and Evangelicals are already engaged in battle with the jug-eared dictator and his filthy administration?

I realize being in the minority in the Senate is not the easiest of positions to be in, many times you can’t do anything but act as a spoiler. That is okay. There is nothing stopping every single Republican from starting every single speech from the floor of the Senate with the line “Mr. Chairman and my distinguished colleagues, it has been XXXX days since this Congress has passed a budget.” There is nothing that is preventing you from drafting and issuing proposed legislation that lowers the debt levels. They may not go anywhere but you can send the message that the GOP stands for fiscal responsibility. You can call liars like Harry Reid out when he declares they have passed a de facto budget when all budgets must originate in the House and he refuses to introduce the passed House budget to the Senate.

Go out after Obama and the leftist whore who runs HHS if you must- I’d love to see Sebelius up in front of a committee explaining just why it is that the administration hates Catholics. But it is more important that the GOP be seen as the party who understands the deep and serious issues facing the nation. You don’t do that by expending all your ammo on social issues.

Happy Nomad on February 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

If anybody thinks I’ll get sucked into commenting on this article, you’re sadly mistaken.

Oh..wait…

timberline on February 9, 2012 at 2:14 PM

oops, got me too….

Dr. Demento on February 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

“To a fine Soldier War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made so and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

~~ John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

“Battle is the ultimate to which the whole life’s labor of an officer should be directed. He may live to the age of retirement without seeing a battle; still, he must always be getting ready for it exactly as if he knew the hour of the day it is to break upon him. And then, whether it come late or early, he must be willing to fight – he must fight!”

~~ (Civil War) General Charles F. Smith (1807-1862) ; as cited in This hallowed ground: the story of the Union side of the Civil War (1956) by Bruce Catton

RedPepper on February 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Translation: “Shut up. I’m in control here.”

portlandon on February 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

“And you have a choice between trying to squeeze them down as much as you can or being completely dysfunctional.” -Mitch McConnell

I vote for completely dysfunctional.

gravityman on February 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

“First they came for the Catholics, and I said nothing because I wasn’t Catholic……”

RUReadingthis on February 9, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Snapping turtle withdraws into his shell…nothing to see here folks.

HawaiiLwyr on February 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM

A battle between two insiders…well luckily we have a video of them fighting…
Here

right2bright on February 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Let me remember, which battle did the Dems choose and which battle did they let go of…..hummm ABORTION, GAY MARRIAGE, …

Oh wait, they fought them all. But we have to pick one?

Assssssez

stenwin77 on February 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I cannot wait for Yertle the Turtle to be replaced with Rubio this next election.

jistincase on February 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Says the ultimate cocktail party squish who never met a battle he didn’t want to run away from … including surrendering on fighting against a landmark, destructive healthcare bill so he could be home in time for Christmas Eve.

Right Mover on February 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Really makes you want to get out there and load the Senate up with more Republicans, doesn’t it? Mush McConnell as Majority Leader?

james23 on February 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

McConnell fights the democrats the same way McCain did in 2008.

SouthernGent on February 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

He looks like a frightened woman who buys beer for minors……

Get him out of here!

williamg on February 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

McConnell needs to go back to the basement and keep looking for his stapler.

Hey, what happened to that pipeline anyway? And the 1.2 million people who disappeared from the labor force last month?

forest on February 9, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Yeah, like the addendum he added in the last payroll tax bill in December that required the President to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days. I guess McConnell really put the screws to Obama, huh?

HEY McCONNELL, HOW DID THAT WORK OUT? HUH?

What a weakling dork.

timberline on February 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I thought you were supposed to protect and defend the Constitution.

So far you just stand by and let Obama shred it.

INC on February 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Oh wait, they fought them all. But we have to pick one?

Assssssez

stenwin77 on February 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

The budget, economy, energy, unemployment…nope don’t see anything to fight over…

right2bright on February 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

RedPepper on February 9, 2012 at 2:16 PM

PERFECT thanks for the second quote never heard of G. Smith but I will read up ! thanks for the educatoin

ColdWarrior57 on February 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

SPOT ON. Angryed @1:59

cmsinaz on February 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

lorien1973 on February 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM

LOL! I agree.

jistincase on February 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

jistincase on February 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM
Yertle the Turtle

I have been trying to decide what mitch looks like. I was going with that critter in ET, but the turtle works great!
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letget on February 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

mcconnell, boehner and the rest of the repub establishment are to effective leaders as a gelding is to a stallion. In particular, both of the pathetic, ruling-class, establishment, mealy-mouthed, spineless, gutless “leaders” mcconnell and boehner MUST BE REMOVED FROM POWER. and replaced with effective, responsible, conservatives.

TeaPartyNation on February 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I thought you were supposed to protect and defend the Constitution.

So far you just stand by and let Obama shred it.

INC on February 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

They are protecting this

right2bright on February 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

If it were up to me, Mitch McConnell would be furiously attempting to pick my foot out of his a$$.

SWalker on February 9, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Realistically, McConnell said, the discretionary spending levels that were negotiated during the debt ceiling deal in the Budget Control Act are the lowest Democrats will go.

Really? Is that what they taught you at lawyer school? Take the first offer?

I’d love to pinch your puffy pink cheeks, you little dickins, you.

timberline on February 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

If it were up to me, Mitch McConnell would be furiously attempting to pick my foot out of his a$$.

SWalker on February 9, 2012 at 2:25 PM

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

timberline on February 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Has there ever been a nice picture taken of this guy? I’ve yet to see one.

rhombus on February 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

No, Mitch. We don’t want you to pick your battles “wisely”. We just want you to battle something. Anything, at this point. He’s as useless as t!ts on a boar.

totherightofthem on February 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

The Republicans in congress have no concept of messaging and public opinion. They may occasionally fight these battles behind closed doors and in the chambers of congress, but they do not bring them into the open or bother rebutting the constant politicization of everything by the Dems in the public arena of opinion. No wonder the are blamed for everything and have a sub-zero job approval. It’s like they are stuck in the 17th century.

neuquenguy on February 9, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Senator Mitch McConnell,Vice-Chairman of the Board of the “Two Party Stupid Evil Money Cult,Inc.”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

No, Mitch. We don’t want you to pick your battles “wisely”. We just want you to battle something. Anything, at this point. He’s as useless as t!ts on a boar.

totherightofthem on February 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

AMEN!

gryphon202 on February 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

So, if House cuts of money to Depts of Education, EPA and Energy, and all the Czars’s salaries/expenditures, since House controls the check book, what would happen. Oh, I forgot, House has no balls, either…

riddick on February 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

In other words …

“Hey, here’s an issue we might be able to score some political points on for the election – so we’ll kind of beat our chests a bit here!”

That is … until they get a little bit of “blowback” – and that’ll all end but quick when that happens!

This is an issue where the establishment GOP feels they can comfortably hold the POTUS accountable for.

Holding the President accountable for “Fast and Furious”? Not so much.

Holding the President accountable for violating the war powers act in Libya? Not so much.

Holding the President accountable for enforcing equal protection under the law (read: BLACK PANTHERS)? Not so much.

Holding the Democrats accountable for not passing a budget in THREE YEARS? Not so much.

“Pick Battles”????

Pray tell, in the last three years – exactly what “battles” has McConnell … picked?

HondaV65 on February 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Why the hell do I even support the GOP if all we get is “we have to pick our battles wisely” right before the GOP caves on something else?

Aitch748 on February 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

So far they haven’t fought on anything. Sorry, McConnell, you may have tricked some people during the budget battle, but no one is buying your BS now. Put up or shut up.

Doomberg on February 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Grinning gnome McConnell loves business as usual!!!

wraithby on February 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Screen door on a submarine. Useless. Just go away, Mitch.

Huckabye-Romney on February 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I offer no further proof than this that we need new leadership in the House and the Senate. It’s this sort of leadership that’s allowed Reid to get away with not passing a budget for over 1000 days. If the shoes were reversed, the Democrats would be harping on this daily, not expecting to win, but to show their voters they care about it and the Republicans weren’t doing their job. That’s what leadership does. I can’t stand Chuck Schumer, but he’s constantly coming up with some way for me to hear his opinion. McConnell just goes for days, saying nothing, and then coming up with garbage like, “I wish these levels were higher, but that’s the best we’re going to get.” It is, if you keep doing what you’re doing.

bflat879 on February 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Mitch McConnell is a gutless pathetic Washington Insider who values playing political games above his oath of office to defend the Constitution and to SERVE his constituents and country! Obama has raised the debt limit ceiling without serious opposition by the GOP under the direct leadership and direction of McConnell. Obama has added $6.2 Trillion to the national debt, more than all Presidents from Washington to Clinton Combined, with no serious opposition – only BS ‘symbolic’ opposition, just so he can say ‘we opposed that bill/act’ to the people back home during his re-election bid. Obama violated the Constitution and War Powers Act to fight a War NOT authorized by Congress in order to help the PERPETRATORS OF 9/11 – Al Qaeda – defeat a dictator and win their own nation, and McConnell and his gutless band of RHINOS did not have the cahonies to say a word! Obama has just recently violated the 1st Amendment with his abortion/contraceptive mandate, and again McConnell gutlessly has refused to take action to defend the Constitution because he believes he has to pick his political wisely, to make sure he does nothing that might jeopardize his re-election/political position! He and EVERY politician – especially any GOP member – who has sat back Constitutional violation after Constitutional violation, crime after crime, and have refused to speak up, submit a CENSURE proposal, or even call for Obama’s Impeachment for these violations/crimes whould be FIRED/REPLACED as well. If they do not have the courage and the loyalty/integrity to uphold their Oath of office, they all need to be replaced, just like Obama!

easyt65 on February 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

if the gop retakes the senate in november, does the senate majority leader position automatically go to McConnell?

maineconservative on February 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Someone go kick him in the family jewels and see if he wants to fight…

gravityman on February 9, 2012 at 2:14 PM

No resistance and your foot would get stuck in his squish.

arnold ziffel on February 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Mitch McConnell: Senate Republicans have to pick their battles wisely

No…….actually, that’s what Republican voters should be doing with their Senators you establishment dolt.

Hell….just a grow a pair and pick ANY fight. So tired of the weenie attitude offered by repub leadership.

Tim_CA on February 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

“Victorious warriors become winners first and then fight battles, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” ~~ Sun Tzu

“To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s will without fighting.” ~~ Sun Tzu

RedPepper on February 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM

No resistance and your foot would get stuck in his squish.

arnold ziffel on February 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Thanks for the visual. Blecch.

totherightofthem on February 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Trying to force leaders to lead is so tiring. Enough of the establishment-types. ENOUGH.

hoosiermama on February 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

“To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s will without fighting.” ~~ Sun Tzu

RedPepper on February 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM

With all due respect to Sun Tzu, when have the Senate repubs managed to do this? I see the democrats being far superior in this strategy than the repubs.

totherightofthem on February 9, 2012 at 2:39 PM

While it is true Holder the racist and the Failed President are both liars and losers; along with the GOP leadership being WIMPS. The 2012 goal must be to win control of the Senate, and hopefully the White House. If the GDP is 3% the Failed President wins, and if under 3% the GOP nominee wins; follow this measuring stick folks. Also, I believe the SCOTUS will rule Obamacare unconstituional.

If the Failed President wins he will be impeached, as long as the Senate goes to the GOP BECAUSE he continues to ignore laws, the courts and the Constitution.

Brushjumper on February 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

McConnell is right. This fight is bad for the GOP. The only leverage they have is to shut down the government or refuse to raise the debt ceiling, which is exactly what Democrats want them to do so they call label them “tea party extremists who are hurting America”. Obama suckers them into interminable, backroom negotiations that are designed to go nowhere, manufactures a “crisis” and then blames the “Tea Party obstructionist party of the rich”. Democrats control the agenda and the message and MSM disseminates it. The GOP are outnumbered and have no end game. The people don’t comprehend the debt issue yet. Little wonder GOP poll numbers have tanked.
It’s time to stop playing Obama’s game. The GOP should simply stop talking to him. They should pass their jobs bills and their budget and point out the Senate’s failure to do anything. Obama should be asked to publish his own plan before talks commence. Pointless negotiations on paying for the pay roll tax cut should stop and the GOP should just pass it. Its time to be politicians, not punching bags.

breffnian on February 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

RedPepper on February 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM

As much as I hate the dems, you’ve got to hand it to them. They act as if they are in charge even if they are outnumbered. On second thought I guess they are in charge when you have the likes of Dole, Lott, Frist and Gobble gobble as our “leaders”.

arnold ziffel on February 9, 2012 at 2:42 PM

“In fact, the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in more than 1,000 days, even though The Congressional Budget Act requires it.”

Here’s an idea, GOP: Start pitching legislation ASAP to terminate the Congressional Budget Act because the Act is effectively now null and void. If the institution is ignoring the law, and it is, then make a big to-do about it and turn it into a political point to force the issue.

Force Reid to defend his party’s law-breaking. Then, propose a new law that has some tangible punishment, like mandatory jail, for Congresscritters who refuse to vote for and pass a budget.

How is it possible that Congress, and specifically the Democrat Party right now, can be so brazen in their contempt of law? It’s simply astonishing. The irresponsibility is off the charts.

AnonymousDrivel on February 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Trying to force leaders to lead is so tiring.

hoosiermama on February 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

It’s friggin’ exhausting.

We drop record wins at their feet during the midterms, and we’re rewarded with McCon-man and Boner.

Yeah….our leaders are geniuses.

Tim_CA on February 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Ah, Sharon Angle and Christine O’Donnell, the gifts that keep giving.

NoDonkey on February 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

When has this RINO ever fought the dems on anything. He folds like a cheap suit and doesn’t want to fight for this country. He’s just as big a fraud as Dingy Harry

flytier on February 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

McConnell is right. This fight is bad for the GOP. The only leverage they have is to shut down the government or refuse to raise the debt ceiling, which is exactly what Democrats want them to do so they call label them “tea party extremists who are hurting America”.

breffnian on February 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I just don’t buy this anymore. The media will call us mean names no matter what McConnell does. Here’s the bottom line. Either the GOP agrees with Obama’s policies and thinks they are popular, or else they don’t. If they don’t, then they should shut down the government and try to raise the support of the people.

Of course, I don’t really believe their only alternative is to shut everything down. That’s just an excuse – the Democrats ALWAYS seemed to find a way to gum things up when they were in the minority under Bush.

Doomberg on February 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

McConnell needs to pick up the hem of his dress.

What an embarrassment he is.

jake-the-goose on February 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM

This fight is bad for the GOP.

breffnian on February 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Um, no – standing up for conservative principals is never “bad”.

Differentiating our philosophy from lib-tard philosoqhy is never “bad” – it’s what gave us record victories in the midterms DESPITE lackluster, often bumbling establishment leadership.

Stop playing the left’s game and stand up for what you friggin’ beleive.

So tired of this sh!t….It’s mitt-ism on steroids.

Tim_CA on February 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Can someone please put that goof out to pasture?
FOR GAWDS SAKE! HARRY REID RUNS CIRCLES AROUND HIM!…HARRY REID FOR GAWDS SAKE!…HARRY REID!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

That’s code for, “We’re going to roll over on all the important ones.”

The Rogue Tomato on February 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Mr. Mackey…m’kay

equanimous on February 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Okay, so we’re not going to make any progress on a budget. But at least we got a Coke machine in the GOP restroom. Gotta pick your battles, you know.

The Rogue Tomato on February 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Okay, so we’re not going to make any progress on a budget. But at least we got a Coke machine in the GOP restroom. Gotta pick your battles, you know.

The Rogue Tomato on February 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

lmao – way to go Mitch!!

Tim_CA on February 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

HARRY REID RUNS CIRCLES AROUND HIM

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

it’s pathetic.

Tim_CA on February 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

There are three ways the mandate could be repealed, McConnell said: The president could have an epiphany and realize he went in the wrong direction, he could sign a repeal bill passed by Congress or the U.S. could elect a new president.

No matter what, the Senate will take action on a bill to reverse the mandate — and McConnell expects at least some Democratic support. Because, for all practical purposes, it usually takes at least 60 votes to accomplish anything in the Senate, Republicans will need more than a handful of Democrats, but McConnell said he’s optimistic.

I hope I’m not the only noticing that he is only talking about the mandate and not the entire Obamacare bill. So now we’re in a position of having SCOTUS potentially throwing out more of Obamacare than the Republicans in the Senate are willing to.

We’re screwed.

WisRich on February 9, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Translation of what McConnell said: We can’t fight about the budget (or lack thereof) because we suck at getting our message out.

Bitter Clinger on February 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

After Sharron Angle won the NV primary and paid a visit to DC, Mitch was heard to say to Angle, “I can work with Reid.”

Angle won the state by almost 20,000 votes outside of Vegas; lost state-wide by 40,000.

Vegas casinos have 60,000 workers who sign voter registrations at same time as signing employment papers, are bused in groups to the polls or vote inside their own casinos.

Day before election, Angle was up by 4 or 5, and lost by 5.
Record-setting variance of 9 or 10. Normal Dem variance advantage is 5.

Mitch won.

fred5678 on February 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Tim_CA:

“Stop playing the left’s game and stand up for what you friggin’ beleive.”

Exactly.

According to the GOP leadership, they can’t “fight” because, well, battles must be selective (assuming they ever pick a hill upon which to fight, but let’s go with it for argument’s sake.) So their position is to lay back from afar and, um, uh… you know, I don’t have an answer here. Mention Obama’s record is McConnell’s answer. Whoopdi-freakin’-do. So, laying back not doing anything is doing something because if you really did something, you’d lose. So conservatives are supposed to believe that doing something results in a loss just as not doing something results in a loss.

What kind of rabbit hole of a GOP has the dug for conservatives? And can we please primary these dishonest boneheads before our country implodes?

AnonymousDrivel on February 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Wow, and here I thought Bill Frist was lacking a certain
part of the anatomy…..then we get this stiff they dug out of a cemetery..

ToddPA on February 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

What kind of rabbit hole of a GOP has the dug for conservatives? And can we please primary these dishonest boneheads before our country implodes?

AnonymousDrivel on February 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I think a better question would be, what kind of hole have conservatives dug for themselves? If a solid majority of Americans self-identify as “conservative,” then a segment of them must be somehow complicit in screwing things up.

gryphon202 on February 9, 2012 at 3:22 PM

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