Mitch McConnell: If we take back the Senate next year, we’ll consider bringing back the filibuster for appointments

posted at 4:41 pm on March 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Charles Cooke, why would a potential Republican majority leader consider bringing back a procedural move that would primarily benefit Democrats in the minority?

Maybe there’s a method to this madness.

As he looks ahead to the possibility of leading the Senate, Mr. McConnell is promising a more open floor, with senators from both parties able to offer amendments. He says committees would be given more independence and authority to advance legislation. While he would not commit to reversing the limit Democrats put on filibustering White House nominees last November, he said the idea would be on the table if Republicans took charge.

“If the American people give us the opportunity to put the Senate under new management, it is an appropriate discussion at that time for the new team that would be taking over the Senate, ” Mr. McConnell said in an interview. “It is a conversation for December.”

The prospect of returning the threshold for breaking filibusters on nominees to 60 votes from the simple majority established by the Democrats in November does not represent an immediate risk for Republicans. If they seize the majority, they will not need to rely on the procedural tactic to block President Obama’s nominees during his final two years in office, since they will control the agenda. And Democrats in the minority presumably would not filibuster administration choices.

Remember, the filibuster still applies right now to normal legislation and to Supreme Court nominations. It’s been nuked only with respect to other presidential appointments, including lower-court appointments. That being so, there are three reasons for McConnell to bring it back. One, per Cooke, is pure principle: If you want to restrain Congress, why not? If you’re pro-filibuster now, why be anti-filibuster just because your party’s the one in power? By re-normalizing the filibuster, maybe you’ll make Democrats think twice about re-nuking it once they control the majority again. And even if you don’t, there’s no harm in restoring the filibuster when the president comes from the other party. If anything very unusual happens to forge an alliance between Obama and congressional Republicans on a particular appointment, with the Senate’s Democratic minority the only potential obstacle to confirmation, McConnell could just nuke the filibuster then.

Two: Is it true, as the excerpt insists, that the GOP majority won’t need the filibuster once it controls the agenda? What happens if an important cabinet position opens up and Obama nominates someone further left than most, but not all, of the GOP caucus is comfortable with? Let’s say the GOP controls the Senate 51/49 and both Susan Collins and Mark Kirk decide to support the nomination. The only thing blocking confirmation at that point is McConnell’s willingness to stand firm and not bring the nomination to the floor. Is it better to do that, with Democrats screaming that they have the votes to confirm but are being undemocratically thwarted by McConnell, or is it better to bring back the filibuster and let the 49 Republican no’s kill the nomination on cloture? Establish the 60-vote threshold at the outset of the term to raise the bar for Obama’s appointees and then you don’t have to worry about whether to let the Senate vote or not. Realistically, the filibuster will still help Republicans more next year than it’ll help Democrats, even if they have a majority.

Three: Unless the GOP blows Democrats out of the water this November, odds are very good that the Dems will be back in control of the Senate in 2017. If McConnell follows Reid’s lead and leaves the filibuster nuked with respect to appointments, it becomes very easy for the next Democratic majority leader to leave it nuked also — or even to expand the nuking by getting rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court appointments. At that point, scaling back the filibuster would simply be the status quo. By bringing it back next year, McConnell takes that talking point away. Doesn’t mean the Dems won’t turn around and nuke it anyway, but if McConnell doesn’t bring it back, it’s a fait accompli that it’s never coming back. I don’t think it much matters what he does — Obama’s got his veto to kill Republican bills whether or not Senate Dems have a filibuster too — but I can’t see any real upside in leaving Reid’s rule intact. How does the GOP benefit from a lower bar to confirmation when O’s the one appointing people?


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The GOPe will betray you…

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Was there ever any doubt? Anyone? Anyone of you ever believe the Rethuglicans had the balls to play hardball?

Lanceman on March 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Another GOP idiot.

alanstern on March 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

No kidding, that’s what Reid was counting on you dolt.

Flange on March 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

The Stupid Squishy Party will find a way to screw this up, too. They seem to be very good at it.

Royal Fizzbin on March 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Don’t. RAM court packing DOWN THEIR THROATS when we get a President.

ConstantineXI on March 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

According to the latest polls, he’s not exactly a lock for reelection, so maybe he should get himself down to KY and do a little campaigning instead of making political maybes.

Kissmygrits on March 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

By re-normalizing the filibuster, maybe you’ll make Democrats think twice about re-nuking it once they control the majority again.

HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA

My sides! MY SIDES!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA *cough cough*

Bishop on March 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

No kidding, that’s what Reid was counting on you dolt.

Flange on March 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

this

cmsinaz on March 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Four: McConnell doesn’t actually WANT the power to make meaningful changes because then RUDE people might start asking why the hell he isn’t doing that! He is fine with the Democrats calling the shots as long as his pals get the lucrative appointments.

sharrukin on March 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

What?

That is the priority for the GOP Senate???

How about defunding all Obama programs, especially any and all that were the result of executive orders? Cut them off at the pockets, immediately. Lame duck the sumbitch right out of the starting gate.

coldwarrior on March 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Me thinks this might be aimed at Ted Cruz.

portlandon on March 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Even if he gets re-elected, with any luck ole Mitch won’t have any input into this matter.

NavyMustang on March 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Stupid worthless turncoat backstabbing scumbag M%^$#@*&%&^#%$@#$%^$%!!!

cozmo on March 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

With this level of malfeasance in our own elected officials, we might as well be voting for the donks from now on.

Thomas More on March 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

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

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

The Kentucky Primary is on May 20th (only 2 1/2 months from now).

wren on March 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Convoluted strategy aside, this sure appears to be Republicans once again playing by gentlemen’s rules against a pack of scheming, conniving knaves.

hauntedman on March 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

No kidding, that’s what Reid was counting on you dolt.

Flange on March 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

…he even looks like a man…that can phuck up a wet dream!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

McConnell has united us in using the same slurs against the GOP that the kostards and DUmmies have been using for years. So McConnell has at least accomplished SOMETHING I guess.

SirGawain on March 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Chess vs marbles…

d1carter on March 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

By re-normalizing the filibuster, maybe you’ll make Democrats think twice about re-nuking it once they control the majority again.

Hahahahahahahahahaha! That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day.

Never, ever play with one hand tied behind your back.

Stoic Patriot on March 3, 2014 at 4:53 PM

What would it take to remove the current GOP leadership? People tried it in 2008 and 2012, showing up to meetings and following the rules, only to find the cops called and the voted-out leaders packing up the voting and leaving the hall, staying in their positions of power.

It’s obvious when the so-called “leadership” breaks its own rules that they will never go, gracefully or otherwise.

Does anyone still harbor illusions about reforming the GOP?

Another Libertarian on March 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM

presumably would not filibuster administration choices.

And this is exactly what is wrong with the IDIOT GOP. For decades they “presume” and for decades they’re presumption are ALWAYS wrong.

OMG… Can the GOP truly be this blind and dumb?… or are they all on board with the “destroy America” crowd?

katy on March 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Bishop on March 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

2nd that….

cmsinaz on March 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

why would a potential Republican majority leader consider bringing back a procedural move that would primarily benefit Democrats in the minority?

Because it is bad as far as an institutional rule. But reform is not the order of the day if the Senate is in the hands of the opposition party. Mitch got millions for a dam project when he ended the government (partial) shutdown. He can be bought.

Happy Nomad on March 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

katy on March 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM

they are the Mr Nice Guy crowd…don’t want to stoop to the dem level and yet they get creamed EVERYTIME and wonder why….they are worried about the lsm giving them a hard time…

cmsinaz on March 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Kentucky : You KNOW what to do!!

bill glass on March 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

By re-normalizing the filibuster, maybe you’ll make Democrats think twice about re-nuking it once they control the majority again.

AP, this is “go sit in the corner” type bullshit.

Do better.

nobar on March 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

A hot item for the primaries would be impeachment. But, here comes the stupid party.

Ruckus_Tom on March 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Obama has screwed up the Russia/Ukraine situation and McConnell is talking about this?

The GOP is stupid.

faraway on March 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

cmsinaz on March 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

They will have to get used to the word ‘retire-ism’.

katy on March 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

katy on March 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

yepper

cmsinaz on March 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

By re-normalizing the filibuster, maybe you’ll make Democrats think twice about re-nuking it once they control the majority again.

Oh please! This is cut-throat partisan politics. Dems are not interested in the institutional integrity. We’ve jumped that shark.

Happy Nomad on March 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

The Neostatists and RINO’s have to admit that with this latest development it is absolutely pointless to vote for the Geriatric Old Progressives. They are the status quo party that is out of ideas

Brock Robamney on March 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

C’mon, that opener isn’t a serious question, is it?

Midas on March 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

“… Democrats think twice about re-nuking it…”

Oh, for f*cks sake.

Exhibit 2,374b why the GOP is beyond f*cking worthless.

Midas on March 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

The only way to get the filibuster back is to make the Democrats suffer under its loss. I would advise McConnell to nuke it for legislation as well. Then pass all sorts of things the Democrats hate and, when they’ve had enough, offer a constitutional amendment that restores the filibuster in toto and codifies in the constitution.

Grammar Nazi on March 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

1 word, RINO.

nobama1267 on March 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Obama has screwed up the Russia/Ukraine situation and McConnell is talking about this?
The GOP is stupid.
faraway on March 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I detected the irony in this. Putin is tougher on Obama than McConnell

Brock Robamney on March 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Happy Nomad on March 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

amen HN

cmsinaz on March 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Well, it’s Monday. It’s after 5:00. So this is now officially happy hour with the Democratic Party. I can do that. It is an executive action. I have the authority.

Happy Nomad on March 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Happy Nomad on March 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Hey. Speaking of Granny McConnell. How’d that fundraiser go this weekend? Any bloggers we know help out? Or was it just the owners of the company?

oldroy on March 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Vote for Bevin and shut the turtle up!

neyney on March 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

BFD! How about impeaching obama. How about getting our space program going again now that our incompetent president has just given the ISS to the Russians because he shut down our space program to bribe/feed a few more of his voters. The only way we can get there now is on a Russian rocket. I think if the Russians take the station, we need to try obama, reid, pelosi for treason. They will have the high ground you poor deluded fools!

Old Country Boy on March 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Stupid worthless turncoat backstabbing scumbag M%^$#@*&%&^#%$@#$%^$%!!!

cozmo on March 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

This sums it up quite nicely…o.k., OT,
but what the hell, let’s take a Holiday.

These guys hailed from Tampa, FL. Damn good group.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz6OgOGZM3s

ToddPA on March 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

This really is so….1980′s.

d1carter on March 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

cozmo on March 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

This sums it up quite nicely…o.k., OT,
but what the hell, let’s take a Holiday.

These guys hailed from Tampa, FL. Damn good group.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz6OgOGZM3s

ToddPA on March 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Double post….oh well.

ToddPA on March 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

wolverines!!!!!!

cmsinaz on March 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

By re-normalizing the filibuster, maybe you’ll make Democrats think twice about re-nuking it once they control the majority again

Heh. Ha. Haha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! ::inhales:: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

::wipes tear::

That right there is comedy gold. Thanks. I needed a laugh today. Now if you’ll excuse me, I plan to invest in tar, feather and pitchfork futures. Heavily.

Physics Geek on March 3, 2014 at 5:22 PM

He’s gonna feel stupider than he looks when that Grimes chick cleans his clock.

msupertas on March 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Now if you’ll excuse me, I plan to invest in tar, feather and pitchfork futures. Heavily.

Physics Geek on March 3, 2014 at 5:22 PM

THAT is comedy gold!

msupertas on March 3, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I am ok with the filibuster coming back. I did not want to see it go. But i will be happy to see McConnell not coming back next year. The guy needs to get some advice from Bob Dole and get a little blue pill so he is not such a limp d!ck pansy.

astonerii on March 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

McConnell is such a bad-boy Nationalist. Such a leader; albeit a MINORITY leader. Vis-à-vis Putin, McConnell never even learned to fight like girls. By the way, Putin’s dog is named Sick’em.

philoise65 on March 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Eighties
d1carter…a little blast from the past

cmsinaz on March 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM

astonerii on March 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Um yea, he could take the whole package, and maybe, just maybe get a semi.

msupertas on March 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Does anyone remember when the GOP took the senate by one stupid person and they decided to consider both party’s seniority when determining the office allotments? Do what you think is right Sen. McConnell but just remember you efforts will not be appreciated and more likely ridiculed.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

So, how much more of this will it take before people admit it’s time for a third party? You can’t reform something fundamentally corrupt at the core.

Make the GOP the new Whigs. If a third party won an election, which is easy to do if you run on a libertarian platform and all you need is a plurality, the GOP would quickly whither away.

It has to happen sooner or later, and after 8 years of the left, this is the best chance you will ever get to do that.

HugoDrax on March 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Mitch McConnell isn’t naive.

Those who believe he is naive are displaying more than a little gullibility themselves.

sharrukin on March 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

So once the Dems are in the minority they’re going to give them the filibuster back? Did I read that right?

changer1701 on March 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Can we get a picture of McConnell, shirtless with a tiger kill…man-boobs and all. Just give me some heads up…so I can skip HA that day.

msupertas on March 3, 2014 at 5:29 PM

The GOPe will betray you…

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Yep: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/02/Sarah%20Palin-Absent-from-RNC-Womens-History-Month-Statement

davidk on March 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I said this months ago — as soon as the democrats got rid of it. Many were fantasizing what the Republicans would do without a filibuster. Ha, ha, ha. I knew the RINOs would trip over themselves to restore it as soon as they had the chance. Too easy to call this one.

By re-normalizing the filibuster, maybe you’ll make Democrats think twice about re-nuking it once they control the majority again.

You’re kidding, right?

rrpjr on March 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

davidk on March 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

That’s OK, David. She is not one of them, and they know it…and she knows it. She is working to retire them. Glad she is not mentioned.

msupertas on March 3, 2014 at 5:34 PM

rrpjr on March 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Post on Brietbart with Van Jones say the GOP could still do “something stupid” to blow the election. Van Jones The Prophet.

msupertas on March 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Post on Brietbart with Van Jones say the GOP could still do “something stupid” to blow the election. Van Jones The Prophet.

msupertas on March 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Just get the TP faithful to vote, don’t let the self anointed heads of the TP pick candidates.

Tater Salad on March 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Taking back the Senate in 2014, but without #DitchMitch McConnell among them. Oh, to dream a dream ~~~~~~~~

Jeddite on March 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

If the repubs retake the Senate, I almost expect the dhimmicEATs to reinstate it about a week before the new Senators are seated.

davidk on March 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

This is one of the three million reasons why McConnell should NOT be returned to the Senate, much more become Senate Leader.

There is no valid reason why the GOPe would want the filibuster back except to thwart their conservative base if they do get the Senate Majority back.

With the filibuster in place, it would be easy for the Establishment “Big Govt” Republicans to use as an excuse “We do not have a filibuster-proof majority” when asked to pass conservative legislation.

Please… Kentucky… Retire Mitch.

TheRightMan on March 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

If the repubs retake the Senate, I almost expect the dhimmicEATs to reinstate it about a week before the new Senators are seated.

davidk on March 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

If we get a few more like Cruz and Lee, and take control…I expect a few of the GOPe to switch to Dems. I would not be surprised.

msupertas on March 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I have to admit, I hope Bevins wins….but if he doesn’t I hope that Grimes opens a can of whoop-ass on Mitchy, even if the Pubs come up a Senator short. I’d rather watch Reid be a Dem, rather than McConnell.

msupertas on March 3, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Here’s a thought Mitch. If your Repukes take back the Senate, how about you make Hairy Reid the Majority Leader.

The State-Run media will LOVE you for it! Since that’s what’s driving you DimocRat-Lites anyway, right?

Meople on March 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

TheRightMan on March 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

This is just for minor nominees… Not for legislation… Your point is moot… There still is a general filibuster.

astonerii on March 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Mitch McConnell isn’t naive.

Those who believe he is naive are displaying more than a little gullibility themselves.

sharrukin on March 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Not naive, just crooked, and corrupt, and part of the problem in Washitton.

Meople on March 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I can see the Republicans making the same mistakes they’ve made before, go along to get along. They have learned nothing from watching the duplicitous party Rahm stuff down their throats for the past 5 years.

You say you can see no reason to leave Reid’s rules intact? I can. Make them pay for not doing the right thing and stopping Reid in his tracks. Republicans have done it to their leaders before. Realistically, they could have done it when the Democrats were filibustering Bush’s court nominees, but they just pulled an Obama and threatened to do it. Leave it the way it is for the remainder of Obama’s term and promise to change it back after the next election. That way, Obama will know he’ll never get through his radical nominees and will have to find more centrist ones.

bflat879 on March 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Before Reid leaves, he will reinstate that rule so the GOP is on record.

MoreLiberty on March 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

I don’t think the issue will come up. Reid will re-instate the filibuster as the last thing he does if he loses control of the Senate. Filibusters for me, but not for you.

Socratease on March 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Before Reid leaves, he will reinstate that rule so the GOP is on record.

MoreLiberty on March 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Of course he will. Which is why the Repukes should turn right around and re-nuke it.

Of course, the sackless contingent of the GOPe in the Senate would never do that. They’ve actually become accustomed to being Obama and Reid’s whipping boys, would be a shame to ruin that next year.

Meople on March 3, 2014 at 6:02 PM

McConnell knows he will be whipping up more dem votes than repub just like Speaker Boehner did last year. He will be doing Reid’s job just like Boehner has been doing Pelosi’s.

Wigglesworth on March 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Is it a rule somewhere that Senate Majority Leaders have to look like pedos?

Fathom on March 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

MMcC:
“Well, election year advisers, what should I do to keep from getting primaried, or losing to the Democrat?”

Adv:
Lessee, you could announce that you’ve been a conservative since Preschool…um, there’s handing out some tasty pork through the Ag Bill to farmers in Kentucky…I KNOW! Tell ‘em you’ll bring back the filibuster, because you’re a staunch conservative, who’s all about preserving the dignity of the Senate and uh,—

MMcC:
—”Yeah yeah, the ‘dignity of the Office BS’—I know the routine. OK, let’s do that.”

orangemtl on March 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

This type of strategy is exactly why the Republicans won’t take back the Senate. Bunch of freaking idiots

bernie on March 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Is it a rule somewhere that Senate Majority Leaders have to look like pedos?

Fathom on March 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I’ve always thought he looked like an old spinster. Put a dress and a wig on him and can’t tell the difference.

rrpjr on March 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

This also makes it harder for Dems, should they take the Senate back in 2016, to change it back. People (in spite of the MSM’s fervent machinations otherwise) will see the difference between the actions of the two parties and start to recognize the insidious manner in which the Dems are attempting to undermine Senate proceedings.

It becomes another data point in the compare-and-contrast game. It’s a good strategic play.

nukemhill on March 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

this is why jindall calls the GOP the stupid party. You play rou shambou but you decide to play nice and give them two kicks just for good measure.

phatfawzi on March 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

The GOPe will betray you…
OmahaConservative on March 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Yep: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/02/Sarah%20Palin-Absent-from-RNC-Womens-History-Month-Statement
davidk on March 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

For a party that claims they are not engaged in a war on women, they sure have a funny way of showing it. Maybe if she listened to Reince Priebus and kept her mouth shut and took the abuse, she would be viewed more favorably

Brock Robamney on March 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Is it a rule somewhere that Senate Majority Leaders have to look like pedos?

Fathom on March 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM
I’ve always thought he looked like an old spinster. Put a dress and a wig on him and can’t tell the difference.

rrpjr on March 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Wasn’t my first thought, but I can see that. Clearly you are a nicer person than I am… :)

Fathom on March 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Four: McConnell doesn’t actually WANT the power to make meaningful changes because then RUDE people might start asking why the hell he isn’t doing that! He is fine with the Democrats calling the shots as long as his pals get the lucrative appointments.

sharrukin on March 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Over the last few years I have come around to thinking this as well. In sports, winners always want the ball. McConnell and Boehner don’t seem to know too much about balls. (see what I did there?)

bofh on March 3, 2014 at 6:23 PM

nukemhill on March 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

There are more examples of the Dims being trouser snakes than I could even begin to recite.

The voters don’t care.

There are more examples of the Dims using underhanded, dirty tactics to achieve their political goals, than anyone needs.

The voters DON’T CARE.

Yes, the Dims are insidious. We all know this. Anyone that would possibly vote against them, already knows this. It makes no difference though because we’re already voting against the Dims.

The Dim voters, on the other hand, either look at the dirty tactics as justified under the ends justify the means meme, or they don’t care.

Want to know what the voters DO care about? Who is going to give them the most free stuff. That’s what the uninformed voters care about. That’s all they care about. And the Republicans will never out Santa Clause the Dims, ever.

Meople on March 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

People (in spite of the MSM’s fervent machinations otherwise) will see the difference between the actions of the two parties and start to recognize the insidious manner in which the Dems are attempting to undermine Senate proceedings.

nukemhill on March 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Looking pure and saintly isn’t going to convince anyone of anything.
Leave that to Mother Teresa.

sharrukin on March 3, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Have they banned red meat in DC? Why are so few of our guys fighters?

Fallon on March 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Mitch me boy, the democrats will put that back in before they relinquish the senate.

RonK on March 3, 2014 at 6:41 PM

How does this clown get reelected? The GOP’s not even in the majority yet and already he’s conceding power to the libs?

The libs made their bed, have the gonads to make them lie in it. Especially since the GOP doesn’t have the nads to make those types of changes themselves.

Oxymoron on March 3, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Unless there is a change in leadership we will be hearing things like “well, we only control 1/3 or the government. We have to make compromises so Obama wins this round. But rest assured, we’re going to fight during the debt ceiling in 2 months.”

ritewhit on March 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Four. You forgot #4 is to head off the conservatives and/or votes against the establishment’s preferences. It’s not about 2014 but 2016 in case the tea party creates another wave. Better to require 60 than get steamrolled by 51 conservative-ish votes

AH_C on March 3, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Even after this there are people out there that say McConnell is not a RINO! This is the time to not only stick it to the Dems in the Senate but to shove it up the a$$ of Obama too. Play nice? Where the f**k have these idiots been for the last five years? Has Reid or Obama treated ANY of them with respect? This is like two football teams where one plays by the nice guy rules and the other plays like the Oakland Raiders! Play with the set of rules you are dealt and stop the boy scout crap!

inspectorudy on March 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM

I’m okay with this. It disables the obvious Democratic campaign theme that “‘we’ can’t let the Republicans take back the Senate now that the filibuster is gone, etc.”

January 2015 is another game, hopefully with Mitch no longer in a leadership position.

slickwillie2001 on March 3, 2014 at 7:22 PM

And if Mitch McConnell isn’t back himself?

SouthernGent on March 3, 2014 at 7:38 PM

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