A new political term arises: Vote No, Hope Yes

Republican lawmakers who don’t much like their Tea Party brethren but are afraid of them have unwittingly spawned a term for their craven charades. Joan Walsh EXPLAINS: [T]here’s more to be said about the debacle in the Senate this week, when GOP leaders were forced to vote to move forward with a bill to lift the debt ceiling after saboteur Ted Cruz filibustered it. Having made the world safe for Democrats to do the right thing and vote for the bill, all 43 Republicans then voted against it (two didn’t vote at all). I dislike Cruz as...

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Mitch McConnell says there will be no more shutdowns over Obamacare

THIS isn’t going to sit well with the Tea Party dude who’s mounting a primary challenge to the Mitch Man: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he will not allow another government shutdown as part of a strategy to repeal ObamaCare. McConnell (Ky.) told The Hill in an interview Thursday afternoon that his party learned a painful political lesson over the past 16 days, as its approval rating dropped while the government was shuttered. He said there’s no reason to go through the political wringer again in January, when the...

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Facing a far-right primary challenger, Mitch McConnell can do nothing to avert a government shutdown

THIS GUY‘s highest priority is political self-preservation: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election battle against a credible conservative opponent upends congressional politics in a way that makes it harder to avoid a government shutdown and debt default. In recent years, the Kentucky Republican has had a knack for cutting deals at the last minute to break impasses and avert fiscal crises. This time around — as federal government funding expires Sept. 30 and as the U.S. brushes up against the debt limit in the fall —...

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Mitch McConnell doubts that Obama was involved in IRS stuff

Well, look who’s meekly going along with the cover-up of crimes committed by the Muslim interloper from Kenya. It’s none other than the Mitch man, as we see HERE: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the conservative American Enterprise Institute on Friday to update a warning he issued at the same venue one year ago about President Obama’s supposedly anti-free speech administration. But the subtext was actually quite different: McConnell effectively acknowledged to disappointed conservatives that recently revealed IRS...

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Let’s hope that Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell make good on their latest threats

The U.S. Constitution requires supermajority votes in the Senate only in very limited circumstances — mainly to approve treaties and override presidential vetoes. The Founding Fathers had no intention that a supermajority would be required for Senate approval of ordinary legislation or confirmation of presidential appointees. There’s nothing in the Constitution about Senate filibusters. But we have reached the point in recent years where almost nothing gets approved without the votes of 60 senators — especially in light of...

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