On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a deal with the devil. McConnell put his trust in Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and, like everyone else who sells his soul, he got burned.
McConnell got 10 other Republicans on board to vote to end debate and allow a debt ceiling increase measure to reach the full Senate floor, allowing Democrats to have a party-line vote to pass the measure.
And then, after getting exactly what he wanted, Schumer spiked the football in their faces during a reprehensible and disrespectful Senate floor speech.
The Wall Street Journal reported the following:
“The key moment came earlier in the evening, when 11 Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in a vote to break the 60-vote filibuster threshold and proceed to final passage of the measure, which cleared the Senate 50 to 48, with two Republican absences.
The legislation, based on a proposal made Wednesday by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and accepted by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) Thursday morning, will raise the nation’s borrowing limit by $480 billion, the amount the Treasury Department says is needed to meet the country’s cash needs until Dec. 3.”
Then, according to The Hill, “Schumer blasted the GOP debt ceiling strategy, accusing them of playing a ‘dangerous and risky partisan game’ and saying Democrats were able to ‘pull our country back from the cliff’s edge that Republicans tried to push us over.’
The remarks angered Republicans, who each voted against the short-term debt ceiling extension in the final vote where only a simple majority was needed. It also sparked pushback from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who could be seen with his hands over his face for part of Schumer’s remarks.”
That is why you never trust the Democrats. Nothing is ever good enough for them. If they are given an inch, they will turn that crack into a canyon and brag about the weakness of their opponent while inflating their own sense of superiority.
Former President Trump recognized McConnell and the other 10 Republican’s mistake as well. He understands never to give the Democrats any daylight or they will seize it.
According to the Washington Examiner, “’The Republican Senate needs new leadership,’ Trump said during an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Thursday night. ‘I’ve been saying it for a long time. Mitch is not the guy. He’s not the right guy. He’s not doing the job.’
Trump argued McConnell had not only given the Democrats a ‘lifeline’ but also handed the Democrats more ‘time now to figure out what to do.’
‘They were in a real big bind. They wouldn’t have been able to do anything,’ Trump said. ‘He had the weapon, and he was unable to use it.’”
Trump is right. McConnell has been a disappointing leader for a long time, and outside of getting Trump’s justices appointed to the courts—which shouldn’t have been hard with a Republican majority in the Senate at the time—McConnell has often capitulated to the Democrats.
He has been atrocious on fiscal issues and has taken no discernable steps to reduce the size of government in his decades in the Swamp.
We have been told that he is a legislative genius. Well, he is competent at one thing: Waving a white flag of surrender to the Democrats.
Some things never change.