Video: Mitch McConnell tries to pick up the pieces
posted at 3:05 pm on December 21, 2012 by Guy Benson
On a day dominated by conservative in-fighting (my own contribution to which is here), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell attempts to halt the GOP circular firing squad by highlighting Democrats’ recklessness and reminding members of both parties that the American people still demand solutions:
I know most people are focused today on what happened last night over in the House. I’d like to focus on a press conference that Congressional Democrats held a few hours earlier. Here were the leaders of the Democratic Party in the Senate; other than the President, these are the folks with the greatest responsibility for protecting the American people from a massive tax hike in January. And what did they do: they stood in front of the cameras and laughed. They giggled at a bunch of bad jokes and told the American people they didn’t plan to do anything this week. Nothing.
Democrats in the House vowed they wouldn’t vote for this bill, the Senate Majority Leader vowed he’d ignore it if it made out of the House and landed in the Senate, and the President vowed he’d veto it if it made it out of the Senate. So Democrats spent all day yesterday defeating a bill that would have made current tax rates permanent for more than 99 percent of Americans — and they laughed about it. I don’t know if anybody’s looked at a calendar lately, but we’re out of time here folks. This isn’t funny. People’s livelihoods are at stake here. The U.S. economy is at stake here. Millions upon millions of families are counting on us to do something.
McConnell is absolutely right, of course, but he evidently wasn’t Cc’d on the memo outlining the new rules of American politics. Rule number one is that the words and actions of Democrats don’t matter. Rule number two is, it’s always the Republicans’ fault. Rule number three is that Republicans must fortify the previous two rules by lacking discipline and messaging prowess. Get with the program, Senator.