McConnell on nuclear option: “If you like the rules of the Senate, you can keep them!”

posted at 12:01 pm on November 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell came prepared to deal with Harry Reid’s attempt to detonate the nuclear option on the filibuster with perhaps the most effective weapon — ridicule.  McConnell blasted the Majority Leader for using a fight over appointments to distract attention from the meltdown of ObamaCare, and noted that just four months ago, Reid pledged to keep from breaking the rules of the Senate to impose a rule change on cloture and filibusters.  He tied all of this together in a single zinger, which brought guffaws from the Senate floor by saying of Reid, “He might just as well have said, ‘if you like the rules of the Senate, you can keep them!’”

McConnell previously laid out the case for the filibuster by using ObamaCare as the model of the kind of fiasco that the minority prevents through its use.  “I’d be looking to change the subject,” McConnell said. “If I were the Senator from Oregon, for example, which hasn’t enrolled a single person — a single person — through the ObamaCare exchange, I’d probably want to talk about something else, too.”  It won’t distract anyone from ObamaCare, McConnell warns, because it’s the same debate.  “It only reinforces the narrative,” McConnell said, “of a party that is willing to do and say just about anything to get its way.”

This might not keep Reid from getting 51 votes, but it’s a great opportunity for Republicans to highlight the hypocrisy and deceit employed by Democrats in the effort and tie it back to the millstone of the Affordable Care Act.


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Well McConnell is right now holding a presser outside Senate chambers.

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Ooooh! That’ll put the fear of God in them!

rrpjr on November 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

It looks like I have to keep my Senate minority leader, House Speaker, and House majority leader whether I like it or not.

besser tot als rot on November 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Well, gotta hand it to Reid. He had the stones to do what Bill Frist couldn’t bring himself to do.

And where was Durbin/McCain to offer a Gang of 14 compromise?

Bitter Clinger on November 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Senate Republicans ‏@Senate_GOPs 2h

The facts speak for themselves: The Senate has confirmed 209 Obama nominees and rejected only 5. #NuclearOption #PowerGrab
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https://twitter.com/Senate_GOPs

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Well, gotta hand it to Reid. He had the stones to do what Bill Frist couldn’t bring himself to do.

Bitter Clinger on November 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Stones is all he’s got. His skull is full of ‘em too.

besser tot als rot on November 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

So, America, what do you want on your tombstone?

ElectricPhase on November 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Tell you what it should be…

America, the DUMBEST NATION ON EARTH! It was good while it lasted.

Meople on November 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

rrpjr on November 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

lol, I know right!

At least he did say it was yet another “power grab.”

Lamar Alexander is also providing the history lesson and current standing of nominations.

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

ToddPA on November 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

That’s the part that pisses me off daily.

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

That makes two of us. More than any other issue with
the R’s.

We have a few, damn few, who have Brass knuckles..the Dem
party can no longer be dealt with…..Eff em.

I have three indivuduals who will fight.

PALIN, CRUZ, LEE.
The rest of you R’s can go home, we’ll call you when the coast
is clear…absolute F*king panty waists..

ToddPA on November 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

215 Nominees passed, 2!!! Defeated.

TWO!

Meople on November 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Somewhere, Miguel Estrada shakes his head in amazement.

Bitter Clinger on November 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

workingclass artist on November 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Second look at Mitch McConnell…

dpduq on November 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

The filibuster changes Democrats are pushing for, which can be passed with just a 51-vote majority under a procedural move so contentious it is known as the nuclear option, would not affect Supreme Court nominees.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/22/us/politics/reid-sets-in-motion-steps-to-limit-use-of-filibuster.html?smid=tw-share

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

This is their last roll of the dice. This also means they know they’re going to lose, so they have to push through their nominees while they can.

itsspideyman on November 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

*** ROLL CALL ******:)

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 1st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate
Vote Summary
Question: On the Decision of the Chair (Shall the Decision of the Chair Stand as the Judgment of the Senate? (Reid Appeal) )
Vote Number: 242 Vote Date: November 21, 2013, 12:10 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Decision of Chair Not Sustained
Nomination Number: PN527
Nomination Description: Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit
Vote Counts: YEAs 48
NAYs 52
Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State
Alphabetical by Senator Name
Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea
Baldwin (D-WI), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea
Baucus (D-MT), Nay
Begich (D-AK), Nay
Bennet (D-CO), Nay
Blumenthal (D-CT), Nay
Blunt (R-MO), Yea
Booker (D-NJ), Nay
Boozman (R-AR), Yea
Boxer (D-CA), Nay
Brown (D-OH), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Nay
Cardin (D-MD), Nay
Carper (D-DE), Nay
Casey (D-PA), Nay
Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
Coats (R-IN), Yea
Coburn (R-OK), Yea
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Coons (D-DE), Nay
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea
Cruz (R-TX), Yea
Donnelly (D-IN), Nay
Durbin (D-IL), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Nay
Fischer (R-NE), Yea
Flake (R-AZ), Yea Franken (D-MN), Nay
Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Yea
Hagan (D-NC), Nay
Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Heinrich (D-NM), Nay
Heitkamp (D-ND), Nay
Heller (R-NV), Yea
Hirono (D-HI), Nay
Hoeven (R-ND), Yea
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Johanns (R-NE), Yea
Johnson (D-SD), Nay
Johnson (R-WI), Yea
Kaine (D-VA), Nay
King (I-ME), Nay
Kirk (R-IL), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Nay
Leahy (D-VT), Nay
Lee (R-UT), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Manchin (D-WV), Yea
Markey (D-MA), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Nay
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Nay
Merkley (D-OR), Nay
Mikulski (D-MD), Nay
Moran (R-KS), Yea Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murphy (D-CT), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Nay
Nelson (D-FL), Nay
Paul (R-KY), Yea
Portman (R-OH), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Nay
Reid (D-NV), Nay
Risch (R-ID), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Yea
Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay
Rubio (R-FL), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Schatz (D-HI), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Nay
Scott (R-SC), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Yea
Shaheen (D-NH), Nay
Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Nay
Tester (D-MT), Nay
Thune (R-SD), Yea
Toomey (R-PA), Yea
Udall (D-CO), Nay
Udall (D-NM), Nay
Vitter (R-LA), Yea
Warner (D-VA), Nay
Warren (D-MA), Nay
Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay
Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Nay

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00242

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

For the past 5 years and counting, the Dems have behaved as though they will never lose their governing majority in the Senate or lose the WH. Things won’t go well for whoever is in the minority from this era forward.

MJBrutus on November 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM

It’s almost as if the Dems believe that they have enough fraud in enough states to guarantee them the Senate and Presidency…

ITguy on November 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Well McConnell is right now holding a presser outside Senate chambers.

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Ooooh! That’ll put the fear of God in them!

rrpjr on November 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

LMAO!

ToddPA on November 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

GOP Senator Lamar Alexander is calling this ‘Obamacare 2.0′ – likening the rule change to the Democrat ramming Obamacare through via reconciliation back in 2010 – and indicating that this is as bad for the country today as Obamacare is proving to be.

That’s a good way to phrase this for the average American – since they know that Obamacare is an EpicClusterFark and was rammed through, this is being framed as just more of the same by the pederast who is the Senate Majority Leader.

This step by Reid brings us another major step towards an authoritarian progressive-fascist rule…and that has to mean more today, in the wake of the EpicClusterFark, than it would have meant 6 months ago.

Athos on November 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

This is their last roll of the dice. This also means they know they’re going to lose, so they have to push through their nominees while they can.

itsspideyman on November 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

itspideyman:

No doubt,..Elana Kagen types:0

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Well, gotta hand it to Reid. He had the stones to do what Bill Frist couldn’t bring himself to do.

And where was Durbin/McCain to offer a Gang of 14 compromise?

Bitter Clinger on November 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Bill Frist supports Obamacare.

sentinelrules on November 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Angela ‏@Iloveperfumeso 5m

215 Federal Judges CONFIRMED. Blocked? TWO. Where will the next #PowerGrab come from? Dangerous concentration of power #NuclearOption

https://twitter.com/Iloveperfumeso

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

ToddPA on November 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

ditto

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

It’s almost as if the Dems believe that they have enough fraud in enough states to guarantee them the Senate and Presidency…

ITguy on November 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

They did in 2012. They probably do from here on out too.

Meople on November 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Senate filibuster rules debate, 2013
3m
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says Democrats will ‘pay a heavy, heavy price’ for changing Senate rules for judicial, executive nominees – @TPM
read more on talkingpointsmemo.com
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Updated 1:12 PM EST, Thu Nov 21 2013

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/john-mccain-senate-filibuster-nuclear-option

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

This is bad news no matter how you think the GOP takes over the Senate in 2014. This ends up being a move to further centralize power in Washington and make our nation even more lawless.

Don’t trust either party with power, D’s or R’s.

22044 on November 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Athos on November 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

they also said the only way to change this is via elections.

What a flippin’ mess.

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Please don’t cite Juan McCain. His Junta of 14 failed him.

blammm on November 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I still want to “box” McCain’s ears.

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Senator Nightingale – “I’m not angry. I’m just sad.”

Speaks volumes about this wanker with anger management issues when Reid’s step doesn’t generate anger – just saddness.

I suspect if the GOP invoked the nuclear option, he would have gotten angry.

Athos on November 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Too bad that Reid only got a black eye in the traffic accident last year.

Resist We Much on November 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I think the best and ballsiest play for McConnell and the rest of the GOP here is denial.

Get in front of every available camera and microphone and say this:
“I have a short statement to make and there will be no questions. Under the rules of the Senate, it takes 67 votes to change any rule mid-session. Thus, the Democrats’ vote today was a mere publicity stunt and accomplishes nothing. It still takes 60 votes to approve judicial nominees, and the minority party will continue to use their filibuster powers when necessary.”

Chris of Rights on November 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

workingclass artist on November 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Second look at Mitch McConnell…

dpduq on November 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

nah…But it was a good speech

workingclass artist on November 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

I still want to “box” McCain’s ears.

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Heh. I’m picturing that Evander Holyfield ad.

ElectricPhase on November 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Thanks for all of the links & updates canopfor!!

A Sad day for our Country. A good time to make a donation to the opponents of these D’s that voted for this:-) Oh, and R’s too if applicable. I don’t like N.V. or Present as it’s a cop out!

bluefox on November 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

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Senator Ron Johnson ‏@SenRonJohnson 26m

Americans aren’t distracted by Sen Reid’s power grab. We’re still seeing health plans cancelled & error messages from http://healthcare.gov
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Senate Democrats and White House Stage Nuclear Sideshow to Shift Focus from Obamacare Crisis http://1.usa.gov/1c6Em1B
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While Dems desperately try to change the subject from #ObamaCare, millions of Americans continue face #ObamaCancellations & #StickerShock.
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‘We’re Not Touching Judges’: Senate Democrats Once Opposed Using The Nuclear Option To Pack The Courts http://www.republican.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/blog?ID=2a03fd18-251d-400e-b2c1-f06f3a037f21
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The Democrat playbook of broken promises, double standards, and raw power…the same playbook that got us Obamacare…it has to end.
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Sen. McConnell: So yeah, I’d probably be running for the exits too if I had supported this law. #Obamacare #NuclearOption
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The facts speak for themselves: The Senate has confirmed 209 Obama nominees and rejected only 5. #NuclearOption #PowerGrab
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The #Senate is in session and will resume consideration of #NDAA.
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canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Welcome to the US of Zimbabwe.

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM

ElectricPhase on November 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

LOL, you are probably closer to my feelings than what I conveyed!

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM

When I heard this, I kept waiting to hear the mobs gathering. How do free nations fall to tyranny? Is this consolidation of power? Do we have hope?

freedomfirst on November 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Please don’t cite Juan McCain. His Junta of 14 failed him.

blammm on November 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

blammm:I’m gonna flogg myself later,on that,haha:

Actually its Capt’n Queeg of the Mc…..Cains Mutiny of 08′:0

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:22 PM

United States Senate
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US Senate votes to advance DC Circuit Court nominee Patricia Millett, 55-43; only needed 51 votes this time, so she moves forward – @jbendery
read more on twitter.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/#53623732

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:22 PM

when he isn’t on snooze control, seems mitch still has some zing.

athenadelphi on November 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM

This is bad news no matter how you think the GOP takes over the Senate in 2014. This ends up being a move to further centralize power in Washington and make our nation even more lawless.

Don’t trust either party with power, D’s or R’s.

22044 on November 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Yep.

Reid just crapped on Senate Rule that was 224 years old

workingclass artist on November 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

I think the best and ballsiest play for McConnell and the rest of the GOP here is denial.

Get in front of every available camera and microphone and say this:
“I have a short statement to make and there will be no questions. Under the rules of the Senate, it takes 67 votes to change any rule mid-session. Thus, the Democrats’ vote today was a mere publicity stunt and accomplishes nothing. It still takes 60 votes to approve judicial nominees, and the minority party will continue to use their filibuster powers when necessary.”

Chris of Rights on November 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

If I understood the proceedings correctly, the vote McConnell asked for after was that. The vote on his parliamentary consideration was also voted down 52 to 48.

But you are right in that they have to wake the he** up and do a media blitz. Over and over and get everyone in their conference to use the same “buzz” words.

I can’t believe they still have not learned Marketing/Branding 101.

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Harkin saying that we need to change the filibuster for legislation.

Convenient that he isn’t running for re-election. Otherwise, his words could have been used against him in a Republican controlled Senate.

blammm on November 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

When I heard this, I kept waiting to hear the mobs gathering. How do free nations fall to tyranny? Is this consolidation of power? Do we have hope?

freedomfirst on November 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I’m losing any. This is all arcane stuff to the civic illiterates in America. And the left knows it. They play the game ruthlessly and beautifully. Sometimes it gets ugly, like with Obamacare. But they’re willing to put up with the temporary hiccups and setbacks. They know the Republicans don’t have the stomach for the big fights and the long game. Look how they sold out Cruz. The Left knows us cold. And we just proved we still have no fuc#ing idea who the Left is. Did anybody in the GOP even see this little coup coming this morning?

No, it’s hard to have hope.

rrpjr on November 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Harry Reid is saying we have to “evolve.”

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Durbin….”we reached the tipping point”

Harry Reid…”it’s simple fairness”

CoffeeLover on November 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Chris of Rights on November 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

That would be spectacular. Can you imagine the fireworks in the senate if the ‘pubs would act as if nothing happened today?

freedomfirst on November 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM

For the past 5 years and counting, the Dems have behaved as though they will never lose their governing majority in the Senate or lose the WH. Things won’t go well for whoever is in the minority from this era forward.

MJBrutus on November 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM

It’s almost as if the Dems believe that they have enough fraud in enough states to guarantee them the Senate and Presidency…

ITguy on November 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Maryland moving back to paper ballots

workingclass artist on November 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Heads UP:LIVE STREAMING NOW:

Dreamliner 747, that needs about 9,700 feet for takeoff
is going to give it a whirl, from a 6,101 foot runway:

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/massive-boeing-jet-lands-at-small-kansas-airport-nov-21-2013/

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

All Obamacare all the time until election day.
And don’t propose any fixes beyond repeal. No tweaks. No money. Nothing. Let them Dems negotiate with themselves.

Iblis on November 21, 2013 at 1:47 PM

And the HotAir ad banner says “and to all a goodnight…”

How appropriate…

Skywise on November 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Been there, done that…

Back in the 70′s, a big plane landed at the Buffalo Wyo airport instead of the one in Sheridan which was about 40 miles north.

I guess it tore the crap out of the runway.

Can’t remember if it took off or they had to take it apart.

BigWyo on November 21, 2013 at 1:53 PM

The won on TV right now whining and lying.

birdwatcher on November 21, 2013 at 2:05 PM

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Oh, WOW. That gave me chills! I wondered what they were going to do after looking at the vid you posted last night. (early am)

So glad they made it & glad you posted the info here!!!

That sound when revving up, power!!

bluefox on November 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM

@ canopfor What is taking so long for the Roll Call on the Rule change?

bluefox on November 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

If I understand this right, changing the filibuster rules was something that was thought of “don’t want to go there” because (when the GOP was thinking of it) it opens the door to such rule changes when (as it turned out) the GOP are in the minority. Well, now that that red line has been crossed, you can bet that the Democrats will, if they lose the Senate in 2014 or ever, try to stuff the genie back in the bottle (or maybe unopen the can of worms they opened) and howl about how the rights of the minority party in the Senate are being trampled into the mud.

I hope McConnell or whoever is GOP majority (when/if it happens) then wags his or her finger at the Democrats, if they complain, and tell them, “YOU started down this road and we can’t trust you not to do it again if it suits you at some later date if you regain the Senate, so we have to do the same things you have done… regretably”.

Russ808 on November 21, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I hope McConnell or whoever is GOP majority (when/if it happens) then wags his or her finger at the Democrats, if they complain, and tell them, “YOU started down this road and we can’t trust you not to do it again if it suits you at some later date if you regain the Senate, so we have to do the same things you have done… regretably”.

Russ808 on November 21, 2013 at 2:47 PM

They should never be allowed to strip the Minority Party of a way to be represented. That is why the Rule has been in effect for over 200 years. What Reid & the Dems did today is tyranny.

If they were going to try this, there should have been a 60 vote threshold to change that Rule; not the 51 vote as if it was already in effect.

bluefox on November 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/massive-boeing-jet-lands-at-small-kansas-airport-nov-21-2013/

canopfor on November 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Replay and details here: http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Boeing-jet-lands-at-Jabara-Airport-232781081.html

Glad you posted that site last night, since the other one is not replaying.

bluefox on November 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM

The Democrats win, the Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tells jokes.

RJL on November 21, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Ridicule? McConnell is a pathetic coward.He should shutdown Senate business by withholding approval of unanimous consent, and by filibustering every major piece of legislation that comes before the body.Will they? Of course not.Why not? Because conservatives are stupid.They get pissed off at the establishment GOP on every major issue where they cave in to the Democrats and then wind up heeding that ridiculous rule of “vote conservative in the primary and Republican in the general.These RINOs are laughing their butts off at every one of you fools.This crap will stop when conservatives walk away instead of whining and doing nothing.Conservatives-get a clue-the GOP is not “our” party anymore!

redware on November 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Shut up, Mitch McConnell. This happened under YOUR, ahem, leadership of the minority party. You’re too busy calling the democrats “my friend” that you can’t be tough with them. I’ll shed tears of joy when you lose your primary.

SouthernGent on November 21, 2013 at 8:32 PM

This is a fine time to be taking a stand, Mr McConnell.

Your lack of leadership brought us here.

virgo on November 22, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Well, at least McConnell realizes that the democrats are not negotiating in good faith. That’s the first step. Once you get that, you have to adapt your whole strategy to the reality that you’re dealing with an entity that won’t be held to anything that it isn’t held to by force.

Karmashock on November 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

After the Dems lose the Senate in 2014 elections, at the end of the term as nearly the last item of business, what if Reid changes the senate rules back to requiring the 60 votes (or worse, 67 votes)? That would make Kentucky Mitch happy and keep the Dems power while being out of power.

nosiafd on November 23, 2013 at 6:43 AM

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