McConnell: A clean debt-ceiling increase is just not gonna’ fly

posted at 6:31 pm on January 26, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The White House and top Democrats seem mightily determined that Congress should and will succumb to their demands to unconditionally raise the country’s now $17 trillion borrowing limit in the latest iteration of a debt-ceiling showdown coming at the end of February, but on Sunday morning, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out that their stance is a completely glib dismissal of the debt-ceiling hike’s history as an opportunity to get some major legislative stuff done. Especially considering that we are now running our biggest debt and deficits ever, we should probably do something to address that — but the election-year politics serving as the backdrop to this one are going to make it particularly tricky.


Some of the most significant legislation passed in the last 50 years has been in conjunction with the debt ceiling. … I think for the president to ask for a “clean” debt ceiling when we have a debt the size of our economy is irresponsible. So, we ought to discuss adding something to his request to raise the debt ceiling that does something about the debt or at least does something positive for our country. … I think the president is taking an unreasonable position to suggest that we ought to treat his request to raise the debt ceiling like some kind of motherhood resolution that everybody just says “aye” and we don’t do anything when we have this stagnant economy and this massive debt created under his administration.


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The GOPe will betray you…
HT: Dire Straits…

OmahaConservative on January 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

No apostrophe in “gonna”, please!

(Yeah, OK, Mitch.)

Jeddite on January 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

To grovel for a clean debt ceiling increase would be “Unpatriotic!”

crash72 on January 26, 2014 at 6:39 PM

This worm is an embarrassment to watch. Living proof of the need for term limits.

petefrt on January 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Matt Bevin is running against Senator Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky Republican Primary for U.S. Senate.

You can learn more about Matt Bevin at his campaign website:
https://mattbevin.com/

wren on January 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Yeah good luck with that.

supernova on January 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Sure you will. I’d be shocked if you even get the liberals to agree to pay for the lubricant.

topdawg on January 26, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Matt Bevin is running against Senator Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky Republican Primary for U.S. Senate.

You can learn more about Matt Bevin at his campaign website:
https://mattbevin.com/

wren on January 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

You beat me to it. Since TX can’t get rid of Cornyn, I’ve donated to Matt Bevin. I think Erick Erickson said it best:

“You beat Mitch McConnell, you will find many Republican squishes with squishy soiled underwear. Until you beat Mitch McConnell, these guys in Washington will neither respect you nor fear you.

But when you beat the sitting Senate Republican Leader in a primary, suddenly Washington knows the grassroots are in charge. The attacks on conservatives will only get worse until conservatives beat Mitch McConnell.

And we have our chance with Matt Bevin.”

TxAnn56 on January 26, 2014 at 6:53 PM

“… at least does something positive for our country …”

Like “immigration reform” for the GOPe Donor Class?

Note he is not saying a word about doing something about jobs … the middle class … NADA!

PolAgnostic on January 26, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Yeah good luck with that.

supernova on January 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Yes, unfortunately, once you lie your way into a Senate seat, its a life time appointment. Even the worst of the worst get re-elected without even trying. Even democrats posing as republicans in deep red states get reelected. Lensey Graham is up for reelection again in SC. In a sane world he wouldn’t win again Bugs Bunny in a conservative state, but the world is no longer sane.

Alabama Infidel on January 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM

TxAnn56 on January 26, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Gotta agree with Erickson on this one:

You beat Mitch McConnell, you will find many Republican squishes with squishy soiled underwear. Until you beat Mitch McConnell, these guys in Washington will neither respect you nor fear you.

But when you beat the sitting Senate Republican Leader in a primary, suddenly Washington knows the grassroots are in charge. The attacks on conservatives will only get worse until conservatives beat Mitch McConnell.

petefrt on January 26, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Mitch needs another dam, or something.

Midas on January 26, 2014 at 7:04 PM

You beat me to it. Since TX can’t get rid of Cornyn…

TxAnn56 on January 26, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Yeah, so this guy that ran against him… a Cornyn plant, or what? WTF? *So* pissed.

Midas on January 26, 2014 at 7:09 PM

What Mitch McConnell REALLY means is that he and the other GOP “leadership” will give the democrats either another extension on unemployment, more military cuts, or increased budgeting for nObamacare (or any other democrat item agenda).

SouthernGent on January 26, 2014 at 7:10 PM

This worm is an embarrassment to watch. Living proof of the need for term limits.

petefrt on January 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

“Embrace the suck.” – old hag

Electrongod on January 26, 2014 at 7:13 PM

The GOPe will betray you…
HT: Dire Straits…

OmahaConservative on January 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

No, HT: True King

True_King on January 26, 2014 at 7:21 PM

No, HT: True King

True_King on January 26, 2014 at 7:21 PM

No, it was DS…

OmahaConservative on January 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

How’s that supposed to work, Mitchy-poo? You’ve given away your leverage. Are you hoping “pretty please” will work on Reid?

Bitter Clinger on January 26, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I think for the president to ask for a “clean” debt ceiling when we have a debt the size of our economy is irresponsible.

Odd … I think it’s irresponsible to have debt this size at all, let alone consider increasing it, Mitch.

/I guess it’s just me

ShainS on January 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

McConnell: A clean debt-ceiling increase is just not gonna’ fly

However, if you throw in an infrastructure project for Kentucky, then it’ll fly like an eagle.

Kafir on January 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

To grovel for a clean debt ceiling increase would be “Unpatriotic!”

crash72 on January 26, 2014 at 6:39 PM

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My take:

To grovel for a clean agree to ANY debt ceiling increase would be “Unpatriotic!”
.

Odd … I think it’s irresponsible to have debt this size at all, let alone consider increasing it, Mitch.

/I guess it’s just me

ShainS on January 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM

.
It IS “just you” . . . . . . . and, of course, me too.

Apparently, we both need to be sent to a re-education camp, to get our minds ‘right’.

listens2glenn on January 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

If McConnell says he is going to fight for something; based on past performance he has already surrendered behind the scenes.

Subotai Bahadur on January 26, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I have stated in other threads … I think they should pass a nearly clean
bill … the only thing is prevent bailout payments to insurance companies
that lose money on Ocare.
I want to see the president go on TV and tell America that he is willing to risk
default over bailing out a bunch of insurance companies.

conservative tarheel on January 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Blowhard! You know damn well you and the rest of the RINO herd will cave.So just stop BSing us!

redware on January 26, 2014 at 8:41 PM

McConnell: A clean debt-ceiling increase is just not gonna’ fly

With a little luck McConnell and Boehner will only give Obama and the Democrats a single $Trillion more than they ask for.

RJL on January 26, 2014 at 9:05 PM

McConnell: A clean debt-ceiling increase is just not gonna’ fly

So we’re gonna do it under the radar.

BobMbx on January 26, 2014 at 9:20 PM

And when McConnell caves he will be creating free ads for Bevins campaign.

ctmom on January 26, 2014 at 9:23 PM

McConnell: A clean debt-ceiling increase is just not gonna’ fly

Until Johnny Boy and I cave.

bw222 on January 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Cave and excuses in 3… 2…

Wino on January 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM

The GOPe will betray you…
HT: Dire Straits…

OmahaConservative on January 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

…they haven’t proved otherwise…even one time… yet!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Translation – “If we’re gonna roll, we’re gonna roll BIG! We’re rolling the legalization and elimination of illegal aliens into this joint.”

Steve Eggleston on January 26, 2014 at 9:50 PM

The day that Harry Reid took control of the Senate, 1/03/2007, the Total Public Debt Outstanding was $8,677,214,255,313.07

In just seven years as Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid increased the Total Public Debt Outstanding by 99%!

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/debt/search?startMonth=01&startDay=03&startYear=2007&endMonth=01&endDay=03&endYear=2014

ITguy on January 26, 2014 at 9:52 PM

And since Harry Reid is an old white guy, which “progressive” commenter is going to be the first to say that my last comment (at 9:52pm) reveals my bigotry against old white guys?

ITguy on January 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Homer Simpson, the second worst negotiator in the world:

“Now before we negotiate, I have to tell you I’m desperate to unload…and I’ll take any offer.”
Colonel Homer: Season 3 Episode 20

Mitch McConnell, the world’s worst negotiator, bar none:

Mitch McConnell isn’t going to have another government shutdown on his watch.
The Kentucky Republican stood up over the weekend and said he wanted to address the “elephant in the room” at a fundraising retreat in Sea Island, Ga. Speaking before roughly 300 K Streeters and big donors, McConnell said Republicans will not come close to defaulting on the nation’s debts or shutting down the government early next year when stop-gap government funding and the debt ceiling are slated to be voted on again.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/mitch-mcconnell-government-shutdown-98943.html#ixzz2rZ1OycgY

rogaineguy on January 26, 2014 at 10:04 PM

By the logic of McConnell and Boehner, Ryan and Rove, and virtually all of RINO Nation — clearly McConnell must be an idiot Tea Party Dunce. Because only an irrational Tea Bagger would ever resist raising the debt ceiling at Lord OBozo’s command.

/s

Jaibones on January 26, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Haven’t we all seen this play before? Let’s just skip straight to the surrender, shall we? Bevin for U. S.Senator.

tngmv on January 26, 2014 at 10:38 PM

If Obama even hints at using the words ‘government shutdown’ McConnell & Bonner would sign anything he wants…they are a bunch of gutless, self-centered, self-serving Washington Establishment sell-outs.

easyt65 on January 27, 2014 at 12:02 AM

McConnell is a laughingstock – the epitome of mediocrity that attaches itself to the government teat like a parasite.

HondaV65 on January 27, 2014 at 4:57 AM

I’m calling it now.
There will be a clean debt ceiling increase, no question about it.

All this squawking from McConnell and other Congressional Republicans is just a dog-and-pony show to placate the base before the inevitable cave.

DRayRaven on January 27, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Some of the most significant legislation passed in the last 50 years has been in conjunction with the debt ceiling. … I think for the president to ask for a “clean” debt ceiling when we have a debt the size of our economy is irresponsible.

Those are greats, salient points senator the party does not make often enough.

There is no drumbeat every day from the GOP regarding the dangers of our debt and how it has dragged on jobs and our economy. Just attacks on party members that echo senator Schumer’s nonsensical “extreme” pablum.

When you focus on dividing your own party by name calling and pursuing issues which are clearly not voter priorities and in fact work against principle, you can expect the same lack of support and respect in return.

The party has no integrity or trust because of the way it behaves. And making promises which you have no intention to keep only makes that gap larger.

So what is your plan beyond stating the Debt Ceiling won’t be clean? Don’t you believe that is an important point you should be making alongside that alleged promise?

The fact there are no details and consistency of articulation makes me believe this is just another piece of rhetoric.

Marcus Traianus on January 27, 2014 at 7:41 AM

How do you avoid a clean debt ceiling increase if you already told the other side that you don’t have the stones to risk a gov’t shutdown?

These republican “leaders” are quite literally imbeciles. If you tell the other side at the beginning of negotiations that there is no way you are going to stand firm to get what you want, why on earth would they ever compromise?

I don’t care of McConnell is truly conservative or not. He is a terrible, terrible, terrible leader and needs to be beaten in the primary because his horrific leadership causes more harm to conservatism than just about anything else going on currently. Now, that may or may not be by design, but either way, it is true.

But, with that said, the fact that these sad-sack republicans in the Senate voted for and continue to support McConnell as their leader shows just how incredibly stupid the entire GOP Senate caucus is.

Same actually goes for the house GOP caucus.

I’m guessing that the GOP leadership problem stems from the GOP moderates (vast majority of GOP) not allowing a real conservative into the leadership positions, so they compromise and find some stuffed shirt that will appease conservative (voters) while not be effective enough to get anything conservative done as leaders. They know their base will go nuts if they elect some liberal GOP incumbent into a significant leadership position, so they look for the weakest semi-conservative candidates they can find to fill the slots. Just a guess, but I really can’t explain the stupidity any other way (and it does fit nicely with my position that the GOP is not in any way a conservative party, but that it sells itself to us as a conservative party while never delivering).

Monkeytoe on January 27, 2014 at 10:32 AM

You beat me to it. Since TX can’t get rid of Cornyn, I’ve donated to Matt Bevin.
TxAnn56 on January 26, 2014 at 6:53 PM

TxAnn56, have you donated to Dewayne Stovall’s primary against Cornyn? If not, then maybe Cornyn will still win because people like you won’t stand-up and fight him. Check Stovall out and at least vote for him in the primary.

johnny reb on January 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

We are probably just pi$$ing in the wind anyway. There are too many progs, demons & repubs alike, for any elections to matter much. A lot to overcome with the evil in D.C., several of the States, and a lot of the cities. We’ve developed a huge “taker class” that will follow the ones promising them all of their freebies. Every politician in office needs to be voted out!

johnny reb on January 27, 2014 at 3:17 PM