McCain: I’m inclined to vote with Democrats for cloture on this Boehner/Ryan budget deal

posted at 5:11 pm on December 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

This barely qualifies as news — Maverick being maverick-y, really? — but Drudge has been leading all day with that Daily Mail story claiming that zero Senate Republicans are backing the House’s budget bill. That makes it sound like McConnell and crew are set to kill this thing with a filibuster and put the two parties back at the brink of a shutdown in January. Not so. It’s sort of true that no Senate GOPer is supporting the deal in the sense that no one’s said yet that they’re voting for the final bill. But the final bill is irrelevant; Democrats can pass that on a party line with a simple majority. The big vote, as usual, is on cloture. And, as usual, you can guess which Republicans are lining up to cross the aisle.

With 53 Democrats and two independents expected to back the measure, four Republicans — John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Richard Burr of North Carolina — said that they would vote to cut off debate on the budget, putting proponents just one vote shy of advancing the measure to final passage.

Several additional GOP senators signaled Friday that they may also vote to advance the deal, including Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Lisa Murkowksi of Alaska and John Hoeven of North Dakota, giving proponents new confidence that a messy and acrimonious first session of the 113th Congress appears close to ending just before Christmas…

“I’m not OK with it,” McCain said [of the House bill] Friday, “but I think it’s better than shutting down the government.”

Added Collins: “I will vote for cloture. I’m still weighing [final passage] but I’m inclined toward it … The advantages of having a budget outweigh the reservations that I have.”

Give ol’ Mav points for honesty: Even in the House, this lame deal was all about preventing another shutdown and keeping the GOP’s political momentum going in the new year. So long as six centrist Republicans in the Senate are willing to help Reid get to 60, the rest can impress conservative voters back home by pounding the table and voting no. Rest assured, though, all of them (or nearly all) are relieved and really making no bones about it:

“We took the brunt of the shutdown blame,” said a senior GOP aide. “No doubt—it’s a good thing for us.” Put another way, if Senate Republicans blocked the budget agreement, they would play into what a senior Democratic aide called “one of our favorite narratives on them,” obstructionism. “I don’t think anybody on either side wants a government shutdown,” said Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. “We need to get this behind us.”

The other X factor here, of course, is Reid’s decision last month to repeal the filibuster in the case of executive appointees and lower-court judicial nominees. The filibuster remains in effect for legislation, but it’s widely assumed that one side or the other will go ahead and nuke that too sooner or later under the right circumstances. Filibustering the budget deal might have been “the right circumstances.” The GOP’s already at a PR disadvantage when it comes to government shutdowns, and the fact that Boehner and Ryan vouched for the bill in the House would give Reid an easy opening to claim that Senate GOPers were being insanely obstructionist in blocking it. If McConnell et al. held firm, Reid could allow a new shutdown to happen in January, just to goose Republicans’ unfavorable rating, and then declare that he has no choice but to end it by nuking the filibuster in the name of passing a bipartisan, Boehner-approved government funding bill. That might have been popular with the public. Then Democrats could exploit that precedent to end the filibuster for good next year — including, possibly, for a new Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation. McCain and the others may simply have concluded that the stakes in the budget bill are too small to hand Reid that sweet of a plum.


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McCain voting with the Democrats, I’m shocked, shocked.

CrazyGene on December 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I thought budget bill couldn’t be filibustered anyway?

roryn00 on December 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Someone needs to give McCain a talkin to.

Bmore on December 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I thought there was no filibusters possible on budget matters.

Bitter Clinger on December 13, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Speaking of Capt’n Queeg:

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
11m
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Report: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., traveling to Ukraine to meet with government officials – @thedailybeast
read more on thedailybeast.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on December 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Check out Chuck Schumer’s web site and guess who pops up on it? It aint Ted Cruz.

celtic warrior on December 13, 2013 at 5:22 PM

McCain and the others may simply have concluded that the stakes in the budget bill are too small to hand Reid that sweet of a plum.

This is always the excuse.
We play nice. We still get stabbed by the ever whining liberals.
This one just needs to shove off.

AllahsNippleHair on December 13, 2013 at 5:22 PM

It has always been a safe bet, that McAmnesty, Graham, Flake, Collins, and Corker will vote with the Democrats on this and all other issues. That’s why they are called RINOs.

savage24 on December 13, 2013 at 5:23 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me if this senile old self-centered bitter fossil would do that just to “get” the conservative Tea Party types.

John….it’s over. It’s a different time now, needing new blood and new ideas and new tactics. Go towards the light..relax and enjoy what time is left. You’re hurting your country.

Mimzey on December 13, 2013 at 5:23 PM

He does not know much about economics, he told America. Nevertheless, I voted for him. Wow.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM

United States Senate
2h
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US Senate gavels out after spending 2 days in session; will return Sunday – @thehill
read more on thehill.com

canopfor on December 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM

This is starting to feel like the movie “V”, when everyone starts blinking with snake eyes. I expect John McCain to pull off his RINO mask at any moment….like this.

BobMbx on December 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Speaking of Capt’n Queeg:

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
11m
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Report: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., traveling to Ukraine to meet with government officials – @thedailybeast
read more on thedailybeast.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on December 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Maybe they’ll keep him.

AllahsNippleHair on December 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Added Collins: “I will vote for cloture. I’m still weighing [final passage] but I’m inclined toward it … The advantages of having a budget outweigh the reservations that I have.”

That sounds almost like “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it”.

Who cares what the budget looks like? We have a budget!!! Victory!!!

Bitter Clinger on December 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

The only way to win is to take the senator . . . The rest of this nonsense is just spitting into a strong wind.

rplat on December 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Didn’t McConnell make a sweetheart deal with Senate Democrats regarding the shut down of the govt. over the budget…which probably also included a help-the-dems thingy on any budget talks…. (McConnell got billions for a project in his state)

McCain…he is trying so hard to come out of the closet to reveal he is a Democrat…

albill on December 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Paul Ryan was right when he said the Republicans need to win elections in order to push their agenda, but this isn’t the way to do it. All this has proven is that the current leadership will always have an excuse to cave to the Democrats. They don’t want to do anything, they just want the issues to run on.

lea on December 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

OOPS!!

Senate votes to change filibuster rules
3h
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.: Filibuster rule change already weakening Senate oversight of nominees – @thehill
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December 13, 2013, 01:54 pm
McCain: Nuclear option already weakening Senate oversight

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/193109-mccain-nuclear-option-already-weakening-senate-oversight

canopfor on December 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

I have had nothing but disdain for McCain since his Keating 5 days. I still cannot believe Rove made him the nominee in 2008. That year, I voted for Palin for VP and swore to myself it would be the last time I did a nose-holding vote.

Wino on December 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

McCain and the others may simply have concluded that the stakes in the budget bill are too small to hand Reid that sweet of a plum.

.
McCain is the ULTIMATE RINO … why do YOU choose to present him as something OTHER than a traitor to every conservative principle, AP?

McConnell’s position if FAR from hopeless as well.

The Republican caucus announces they will provide bipartisan support for the bill conditional on the following changes:

1) The “revision of Senate procedures” is completely eliminated from the bill and cannot be reinstated in conference.

2) The “promised” future cuts will be identified and enabled by the current bill and cannot be removed during conference.

3) Democratic leadership will publicly commit to passing this and ALL future budgets in compliance with existing Federal laws. (This is purely for political purposes – it is worth LESS than a bucket of spit but is worth getting the Democrats to make another bald face lie to the American public.)

Separately, we are going to rid the House of leadership which makes a mockery of the term and have demonstrated they are LESS principled than Barack Obama.

PolAgnostic on December 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

did we call it or did we call it…..

cmsinaz on December 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

MeanWhile,….the Democrats are Ramming and Jamming:

Reuters Politics ‏@ReutersPolitics 12 Dec

U.S. Senate in around-the-clock session to confirm Obama nominees http://reut.rs/JjnnRv
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canopfor on December 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

The only way to win is to take the senator . . . The rest of this nonsense is just spitting into a strong wind.

rplat on December 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I’m hoping the devil does his job. :)

AllahsNippleHair on December 13, 2013 at 5:28 PM

SOOOO disappointed with flake…following mccain like a puppy dog

cmsinaz on December 13, 2013 at 5:28 PM

McMaverick doesn’t say why he’s not “okay” with it. Wonder why?

Probably wishes there is a little amnesty nugget tucked in there.

Speaking of amnesty, Rubio is forcefully against this budget. I wonder if McCain views Rubio, his amnesty-buddy, as a wacko bird.

I also wonder if McMaverick, when looking in the mirror these days, sees the towering mountain of debut looming in his reflection, wonders … “I’m not really very mavericky anymore, am I?”

LetsBfrank on December 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

SOOOO disappointed with flake…following mccain like a puppy dog

cmsinaz on December 13, 2013 at 5:28 PM

What a fraud he turned out to be.

Bitter Clinger on December 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM

debut
debt

LetsBfrank on December 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Boehner/Ryan deal? WTH? I thought it was a Murray/Ryan deal? Whatever it is it smells bad.

1nolibgal on December 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

canopfor on December 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Maybe they’ll keep him.

AllahsNippleHair on December 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM

AllahsNippleHair:Lol, he’ll come back and demand US AirStrikes,,(sarc):)

canopfor on December 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

As if this were a surprise to anyone.

sadatoni on December 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

roryn00 on December 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Bitter Clinger on December 13, 2013 at 5:15 PM

.
That would happen IF the current Ryan-Murray bill is passed by the Senate.

It is a massive amount of “over-reach” for Boehner & Ryan to agree to this change and more than sufficient grounds for getting both of them primaried and out of the House forever.

PolAgnostic on December 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

McCain: I’m inclined to vote with Democrats for cloture on this Boehner/Ryan budget deal

Well of course you are, cupcake. Reid is a stickler on keeping his caucus together on votes like this.

The reality is that this is already a done deal. GOP Senators are weighing the pros and cons of simply caving or grandstanding. Nothing more.

Happy Nomad on December 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

My, there’s a big f*cking surprise.

Midas on December 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM

People of AZ … you CAN do better, why won’t you?

PolAgnostic on December 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

I can live with this ….

conservative tarheel on December 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Man…the nerve…a do-something Congress!
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verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Man…the nerve…a do-something Congress!
/

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

You mean like Obamacare?

Bmore on December 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Breaking: McCain seeks spot on Meet The Press by voting with Democrats

Breaking:Mandela still dead. Not yet buried. World awaiting resurrection.

kcewa on December 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Speaking of Capt’n Queeg:

Ukraine protests over EU agreement delay
11m
====

Report: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., traveling to Ukraine to meet with government officials – @thedailybeast
read more on thedailybeast.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on December 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM

May he get lost while over there and never return.

Midas on December 13, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Man…the nerve…a do-something Congress!
/

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Inaction is better than adding to the crippling debt that we have. You are one of those whiny bi+ches who will wonder who will bail them out when inflation and the sinking of the dollar actually happens. Kinda like those Obama voters now getting their insurance cancelled now.

melle1228 on December 13, 2013 at 5:49 PM

McCain:

“I’m not OK with it,” McCain said [of the House bill] Friday, “but I think it’s better than shutting down the government.”

Me: Well I’m not *for*, say, languishing and being tortured in a POW camp…but it’s better than, say, “selling out my Country and Countrymen.”

This man survived being beaten by the enemy, and now he wants to ‘be home for Christmas’ more than saving the Republic.

….Come back, Shane.

I really abhor today’s world. …no honor in it.

a5minmajor on December 13, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Of course Bob Corker will vote for it. He isn’t up for re-election for 5 years, and being a millionaire, he’ll buy his seat.

Again.

ladyingray on December 13, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Of course Bob Corker will vote for it. He isn’t up for re-election for 5 years, and being a millionaire, he’ll buy his seat.

yet again.

ladyingray on December 13, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Shut up, Mav!

vityas on December 13, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Sorry for the double post :(

ladyingray on December 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

WackoTurd Alert!
https://twitter.com/WackoTurds

Shaughnessy on December 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Still hoping to meet you in person some day.

Midas on December 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Added Collins: “I will vote for cloture. I’m still weighing [final passage] but I’m inclined toward it … The advantages of having a budget outweigh the reservations that I have.”

You come dunt, this sort of thinking by this twit gave us O-care.

Rio Linda Refugee on December 13, 2013 at 5:52 PM

It’s a pretty good assessment you’ve made on this one.

The other remaining question for the critics of the deal is: What is your alternative that can be agreed to? How would yours be any better?

It’s easy to criticize when you have nothing to offer. Do those who take this tack understand it contributes to other Republicans dismissing them as a bunch of cranks?

To those who wanted sequester to continue intact, where were you in September when Boehner was going to do just that with a “clean” CR that Reid and Obama had agreed to accept? Were you one of those who were behind shutting down the government? Well, that’s what led to the short term deal that had to be renegotiated.

The alternative is another shutdown, which we have seen is just for idiots.

Adjoran on December 13, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Has the DNC just bought out the RNC leadership altogether?

Is this why Obama kept fund-raising?

Skywise on December 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Man…the nerve…a do-something Congress!
/

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

You mean like Obamacare?

Bmore on December 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Action on Healthcare…the nerve!
Next they’ll want immigration reform!
And these McCain shenanigans means the government won’t shut down and that perhaps a less acrimonious Congress with move actual legislation…outrageous!!
/

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

You’ll learn. Too late of course; probably as you board the boxcar for The Camps. But You will learn. And as you and your kind wail in desperation…I will laugh uncontrollably, and wave you fondly off to your miserable demise.

Defend your leaders and saviors as loudly as you can. Remember, Ernst Rohm was one of the first to go.

a5minmajor on December 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Still hoping to meet you in person some day.

Midas on December 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Ok…yes, you’ve been saying that a lot.
What does that mean exactly?

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Added Collins: “I will vote for cloture. I’m still weighing [final passage] but I’m inclined toward it … The advantages of having a budget outweigh the reservations that I have.”

You come dunt, this sort of thinking by this twit gave us O-care.

Rio Linda Refugee on December 13, 2013 at 5:52 PM



Can you not at least be honest?

Collins voted against ObamaCare at every opportunity. She would have been with the GOP filibuster against it, which is why Reid used the “budget reconciliation” trick to pass it without 60 votes.

Adjoran on December 13, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Man…the nerve…a do-something…..anything, Congress!
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verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Accuracy

antipc on December 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Action on Healthcare…the nerve!
Next they’ll want immigration reform!
And these McCain shenanigans means the government won’t shut down and that perhaps a less acrimonious Congress with move actual legislation…outrageous!!
/

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

You one of those “smart” people who think that any progression is progress aren’t you?

I mean reforming and immigration system that has been largely ignored (not a failure) will suddenly work when Congress passes laws it will now miraculously follow..

Healthcare “reform” which has made more uninsured than when there was when it was passed.

BRAVO! You used two wonderful examples.

melle1228 on December 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Man…the nerve…a do-something…..anything, Congress!
/

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Accuracy

antipc on December 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Well here’s hopin’, right?

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Accuracy

antipc on December 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Verby would be okay if the congress passed a law legalizing slavery.. As long as they were passing something, right?

melle1228 on December 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

You cannot argue with ignorance. Verbadouche still believes in obamacare.
He probably ruined thanksgiving by vomiting talking points.

AllahsNippleHair on December 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Adjoran on December 13, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Ah, the dumbest of the dumb f*cks makes an appearance, only to cut/paste the old bullshit “what’s your alternative” meme. Get tired of using that in the Obamacare discussions, did you? Thought you’d give that nonsense a try in here as well?

Is that the best you have, really?

Dear God, but you’re idiotic.

Are you seriously asking what the alternative is to increased deficit, increased debt, increased spending, increased taxes/fees, making it easier for the Senate to increase taxes, etc? Please, for the love of God, tell us that you’re not really this incredibly vacant.

Midas on December 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

We know who will vote with the Democrats. Is McCain really a surprise? Really?
And Collins? Who knew?

These people have to go!
I am just praying they don’t get 5

Delsa on December 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

And these McCain shenanigans means the government won’t shut down and that perhaps a less acrimonious Congress with move actual legislation…outrageous!!
/

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

And who shut the government down last go-round, that’s right, the same guy who ended up delaying parts of O’care anyway. Guess he doesn’t like sharing the credit.

antipc on December 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM

You one of those “smart” people who think that any progression is progress aren’t you?

melle1228 on December 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

For sure progression doesn’t mean progressive.
Maybe you mean action/inaction?
I’m thinking you’d want action on repealing Obamacare?

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM

This announcement is about as surprising as if Senator Nightingale suddenly announced, ‘I’m inclined to caucus with the Democrats going forward…’

He’s little more than another weaselly Arlen Specter, interested only in himself – and getting a little more camera time than Chuckie Schumer…

Athos on December 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM

For sure progression doesn’t mean progressive.
Maybe you mean action/inaction?
I’m thinking you’d want action on repealing Obamacare?

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 6:03

I am thinking that government creates more problems than it solves. Action just for action sake is not a good thing. I am thinking that you are like most American voters and extremely simplistic.

melle1228 on December 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Speaking of TOXIC:

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters 1m

Analysis: Despite budget deal, atmosphere at U.S. Capitol remains toxic http://reut.rs/Jh1AsS
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Analysis: Despite budget deal, atmosphere at U.S. Capitol remains toxic

By Susan Cornwell and David Lawder
WASHINGTON Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:58pm EST
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(Reuters) – Anyone expecting a new era of good feeling to break out on Capitol Hill in the wake of this week’s bipartisan budget deal should probably forget about it.

That was the clear message from most lawmakers interviewed on Friday as well as from close observers of Congress, after the deal passed through the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday on its way to the Senate.

The budget bill, negotiated by Republican Representative Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray, is vague and non-specific, avoiding tough, divisive issues. But Congress’ agenda for the next year is full of specifics, including raising the debt ceiling, funding individual government programs, immigration reform and passing a farm bill.

“I think next year is tougher,” said Nebraska Republican Senator Mike Johanns. “It’s an election year. Tens of millions of dollars will be spent trashing people, and it’s hard to forget that.”

The deal was a “one-off,” said Norm Ornstein, a scholar of Congress at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

It may avoid government shutdowns, assuming it passes the Senate next week as expected, he said. But “I don’t see any signs that the fundamentals have changed.”

That was also the message from the floor of the U.S. Senate, where Republicans, some red-faced with rage, kept berating Democrats on Friday for stripping away their right to block President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations using the filibuster, a procedural hurdle.

“The whole atmosphere here is totally poisoned, OK,” said Senator John McCain when asked as he left the floor if the budget deal changed anything.

“There’s no cooperation, there’s no comity. And it is what it is,” notwithstanding the fact that Democrats and Republicans came together to approve the budget bill.

“It can’t get much worse,” he said.

ELECTION YEAR ‘TRASHING’
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canopfor on December 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

And who shut the government down last go-round, that’s right, the same guy who ended up delaying parts of O’care anyway. Guess he doesn’t like sharing the credit.

antipc on December 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Exactly! The last delay was because Conservatives were right about Obamacare, so right that the same guy that refused to negotiate ended up putting into practice the things they were trying to accomplish. And now who are the obstructionists here?

melle1228 on December 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Well here’s hopin’, right?

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Hopin’ to do what’s best for the entire country for a change, right?

antipc on December 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

The shock is when McCain doesn’t vote with the Democrats.

bw222 on December 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Is Jeff Flake even capable of thinking on his own? He could have been the fourth stooge.

bw222 on December 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Still hoping to meet you in person some day.

Midas on December 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Ok…yes, you’ve been saying that a lot.
What does that mean exactly?

verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I’ve said it precisely twice. I can see from your unique perspective of reality that this might constitute ‘a lot’, though.

What does that mean exactly? Just that I think meeting you would be a lot of fun. I like meeting new and different people, and you’re very different from the educated, intelligent, thoughtful, discerning, reality-based people I know, so that would be different, and fun! I mean, no one I know actually believes in unicorns, so I can imagine you have many fanciful tales to tell! How entertaining! And I like Skittles, so you could bring one of your unicorns along!

Why, what do you think that means? Are you saying you’re not fun or entertaining? Or you don’t actually like Skittles, perhaps?

Midas on December 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I don’t think McCain is a Republican. I think he is a Manchurian Candidate from the Vietnam era. Or, he could have the hots for pelosi or Reid. McCain, I voted for you, but since then, I have been walking around like Lady MacBeth, rubbing my hand and saying “out damned spot!” This hand that pulled that lever will forever be cursed. Can anyone exorcise my hand?

Old Country Boy on December 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Verby would be okay if the congress passed a law legalizing slavery.. As long as they were passing something, right?

melle1228 on December 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Of course. This spend-spend-spend budgeting is making slaves of us all anyway.

Bitter Clinger on December 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

melle1228 on December 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

It’s kind of hard for verbie to see facts, it doesn’t have a plexi-glass belly button.

antipc on December 13, 2013 at 6:13 PM

The other remaining question for the critics of the deal is: What is your alternative that can be agreed to? How would yours be any better?

Adjoran on December 13, 2013 at 5:54 PM

It’s this moderate, middle-ground, “More Electable” kind of thinking, that breeds the current Weak Sister group the Republicans have become.

“Show me a more reasonable Idea” is not a valid request. There is no “reasonable” acceptable, easy fix. And Sequestration was always for DoD, the *ONE* responsibility *specifically* enumerated for the Federal Government.

DoD needs to make cuts. They are going to have to eat it, period.
But the EPA needs to be dissolved, period. Parks Service needs to eat it. BLM needs to eat it. the NEA needs to be dissolved. Flat out, The Federal ‘Budget’ needs to be halved, at minimum. (Ideally, it should be a miniscule fraction of what it is now.)
All ‘palatable’ fixes are fantasy; they are band-aids on bullet-wounds.

The fake U.S. Economy will go away, one way or the other. I would rather America does it voluntarily, than let other world powers decide for us when and where, and to what extent.

a5minmajor on December 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

I don’t think McCain is a Republican. I think he is a Manchurian Candidate from the Vietnam era. Or, he could have the hots for pelosi or Reid. McCain, I voted for you, but since then, I have been walking around like Lady MacBeth, rubbing my hand and saying “out damned spot!” This hand that pulled that lever will forever be cursed. Can anyone exorcise my hand?

Old Country Boy on December 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM

The candidate was old, the strain of the Oval Office and all, and the promise of a conservative waiting in the wings.
We all had to drink or pray before pulling that lever against the tyranny we find ourselves in today.
Imagine how Obama voters feel. I mean, if they have enough IQ points to muster a coherent thought.

AllahsNippleHair on December 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

That would happen IF the current Ryan-Murray bill is passed by the Senate.

It is a massive amount of “over-reach” for Boehner & Ryan to agree to this change and more than sufficient grounds for getting both of them primaried and out of the House forever.

PolAgnostic on December 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Sorry, PolAgnostic, but that didn’t really clear it up for me. At what point in the budget process is filibusters no longer allowed?

Bitter Clinger on December 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Of course they are.

gophergirl on December 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Even in the House, this lame deal was all about preventing another shutdown and keeping the GOP’s political momentum going in the new year.

Backwards is “momentum”, right?

Steve Eggleston on December 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

This is starting to feel like the movie “V”, when everyone starts blinking with snake eyes…

BobMbx on December 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM

This deserves another Johnny Carson-like redo.

This is starting to feel like the movie “V”, when everyone starts blinking with snake eyes.

Fallon on December 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Action on Healthcare…the nerve!
Next they’ll want immigration reform!

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verbaluce on December 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

I have stopped the talk and the nonsense. I am a man of action.

- Benito Mussolini

Valkyriepundit on December 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Maverick means a wild horse, right? Does that include a jackass?

EdmundBurke247 on December 13, 2013 at 7:23 PM

It’s always the same aholes every time.

Bishop on December 13, 2013 at 7:33 PM

The alternative is another shutdown, which we have seen is just for idiots like to me to run around screaming the sky is falling the sky is falling, we’ll never win again.

Adjoran

FIFY.

xblade on December 13, 2013 at 7:37 PM

“We took the brunt of the shutdown blame,” said a senior GOP aide.

No, you ran around telling everyone it would be your fault and then like magic, folks blamed you.

Man…the nerve…a do-something Congress!
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verbaluce

Oh look, a moron. Apparently taking a shit on the congress floor and having everyone sign it would be a good thing because they’re doing something, lol. Because everyone knows it’s not what you do that matters, what matters is that you do something..anything, no matter how bad.

xblade on December 13, 2013 at 7:39 PM

McCain: I’m inclined to vote with Democrats…

The rest is redundant.

David Blue on December 13, 2013 at 7:39 PM

How did Arizona end up with two ‘ratpublican weasels?

Buddahpundit on December 13, 2013 at 8:04 PM

…I wish Senator Senile would start… flying again!

KOOLAID2 on December 13, 2013 at 8:04 PM

How did Arizona end up with two ‘ratpublican weasels?

Buddahpundit on December 13, 2013 at 8:04 PM

because Arizona has been overrun with Californians over the last 20 years.

TfromV on December 13, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Whew! There’s a shocker. It would be far more noteworthy if we’d just ignore all McCain proclamations of his actions until the day comes where he goes super mavericky and joins the most conservative members of the Senate against the remainder of his party and the Democrats.

rmel80 on December 14, 2013 at 12:37 AM

McCain is so vain that he always wants to be in the spotlight. On this issue, he’s not sure where the spotlight is going to be and that’s why he’s not definitive about it. As soon as it looks like his wisdom is needed, he’ll be there to self-congratulate in front of the camera.

On this issue, it doesn’t matter what McCain thinks. Congress is tired of fighting about the budget so they are jointly agreeing to anything. They just want to go home.

Next time around, let’s give them their wish.

virgo on December 14, 2013 at 2:03 AM

If McCain would let that combover grow out, just call Sal McCain.

His time is short and he wants to attract attention to himself.

Mortality.

Sherman1864 on December 14, 2013 at 7:06 AM

I wish he would just come out of the closet already!!!!

mmcnamer1 on December 14, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Heh.
They can posture and pose all they want to impress the base, but, as the article says, they are all secretly relieved this is going to pass – and we all know it.

I won’t vote Republican in 2014.

DRayRaven on December 14, 2013 at 8:46 AM

They must be really scared of the Won on just about every issue that comes up except for foreign policy which they know most people don’t really care about. They are afraid of being called the r word, the anti woman words, the anti gay words and the anti poor words. It’s not ever going to get any better especially when Killary announces. I saw a bumper sticker in town the other day Obama 2012 Clinton 2016. The end is not in sight.

Kissmygrits on December 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM

McCain is as big a POS as the pile in the WH. He has no honor or integrity. He and Obama are two of a kind. Both own a lot of mirrors.

inspectorudy on December 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Maverick? TRAITOR more like it.

A maverick knows who the enemy is and becomes a maverick by finding an innovative way to tackle the enemy that nobody expects including his allies.

McCain isn’t a “maverick”, he’s a “traitor”.

dominigan on December 15, 2013 at 9:22 AM