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McConnell: Senate Will Vote on Supreme Court Vacancy Even if Dems “Whine”

Prepare for civil war.

Figuratively.

I think.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans would “absolutely” vote on a Supreme Court vacancy if one occurred before the 2020 election, regardless of whether Democrats “whine” about it. 

“You have to go back to 1880 to find the last time, back to 1880s to find the last time a Senate of a different party from the president filled a Supreme Court vacancy created in the middle of a presidential election. That was entirely the precedent,” the Kentucky Republican said on The Hugh Hewitt Show Tuesday about why he blocked hearings on Merrick Garland. 

“There was nothing I did that was, would not have been done had the shoe been on the other foot,” he added. “So look, they can whine about this all day long. But under the Constitution, there is co-responsibility for appointments. The president makes the nomination, and the Senate confirms. We are partners in the personnel business up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court.”

I’m not sure I understand McConnell’s rationale here. The “principle” involved is simply partisan politics.

At the time, he squashed Merrick Garland, I understood the principle to be that the people should decide this in an election year. That made a little sense, but not much. There’s nothing in the Constitution about presidents only being allowed to appoint Supreme Court justices during their first three years. Let’s face it, McConnell did it because he could.

McConnell’s potential decision now to allow consideration of a Supreme Court nominee would be the right thing to do, but it would also prove that the Garland maneuver was raw politics. If I were a liberal, I’d be pretty mad about it too.

McConnell Hangs Tough, Says Kavanaugh Will Get a Vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday said embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is now facing two unsupported accusations that he committed sexual misconduct decades ago, will get a vote in the Senate.

McConnell spoke on the Senate floor:

Judge Kavanaugh will be voted on here on the Senate floor, up or down. This fine nominee will receive a vote, in the Senate, in the near future. . . .

I want to be perfectly clear what is taking place. Senate Democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man’s personal and professional life on the basis of decades-old allegations that are unsubstantiated and uncoordinated. That is where we are. This is what the so-called resistance has become. A smear campaign pure and simple, aided and abetted by members of the United States Senate.

McConnell Quietly Adds Pork for Kentucky Into the Spending Bill

Wow. It’s good to be the king. Of the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was reportedly visibly annoyed when his home state colleague, Sen. Rand Paul, rose to start to filibuster the spending feast bill and to cause a brief government shutdown.

Here’s one reason.

The good ‘ole fashion’ politician who runs the Senate had gotten some good ‘ole fashion’ pork barrel work done last night on the Senate floor, slipping into the bill some provisions giving aid and comfort to two colleges in Kentucky.

According to the Washington Post:

One provision would exempt private colleges that do not charge tuition from a new tax on their endowments, an exemption that would protect Berea College . . .

Another provision in the budget agreement, which is set for a vote Thursday, gives the secretary of education greater authority to waive sanctions imposed on colleges and universities whose students consistently default on federal education loans. The measure would apply to public colleges in economically distressed communities, defined as a county that ranks in the lowest 5 percent of all counties in the country based on a national index of economic status.

Based on those narrow parameters, education experts say the provision would most likely benefit Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, a school skating on the edge of being cut off from federal student aid because of its high student loan default rate.

Now, you would think Rand Paul would want the same thing. But Rand Paul, whatever you might say about him, is a man of strong principles. Principles that oppose this massive spending bill – aka borrowing bill – and that help him get over that institutions, even in his home state, might need to try to make it without government help.

McConnell is part of the problem in Washington. This spending deal, and antics like his college giveaway, are exactly what Americans supposedly voted to change in 2016. This helps you understand why Steve Bannon wanted to get rid of McConnell. Nothing will change with McConnell at the helm. You get typical Washington nonsense like this bill, and even measures that help the Democrats achieve their objectives and assist with their reelection efforts.

What a shame. More of the same, more debt for our children, and more deep state for all.

Republican at this point may have had to vote for the bill to get defense spending we can’t do without. But this mountain of garbage is not what should have been negotiated. Republicans could have done better. And President Trump could have too, given that people put him in office to stop this

Republicans Give Up on Repealing Obamacare

I thought repealing Obamacare was the reason that people put them in office in the 2010 wave election?

Well, so much for that. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not going to run the flag up the pole again this year, and any effort to finish off Obamacare will have to wait until there are more Republicans in the Senate, according to Politico.

Republicans have damaged Obamacare by eliminating the requirement that everyone have insurance, something they achieved as part of the tax cut plan passed late last year. But the government continues to fund the program, and McConnell is apparently refusing to move legislation that would transfer funding to the states and eliminate some of Obamacare’s requirements, allowing the states to design their own programs.

McConnell is hardly a Tea Party-type advocate for getting rid of this law. I don’t think he has the stomach for another fight. And President Trump also failed to put enough effort into attempts to repeal the law last year. I don’t think he was particularly interested in the repeal fight or knowledgeable about it – unlike the tax cut law, for which he provided the leadership needed to get it passed.

McConnell Blames Bannon for Losing Alabama

“The political genius on display in throwing away a red state in America is hard to ignore,” the Senate majority leader said.

McConnell is right. It took true “political genius” for him, McConnell, to throw away a red state. Republicans in Alabama nominated Roy Moore. He was not a perfect candidate, though Bannon could not have known how imperfect he would be because he did not know about the sexual misconduct allegations before endorsing him. What McConnell did, unprecedented for a Republican national leader was to decide not to provide any financial support for Moore, which undoubtedly supplied the margin of victory – and more – for Democratic Sen.-Elect Doug Jones.

The Senate Republican leadership decided it would be better to have a Democrat win a seat. Given that it could rob conservatives of a Supreme Court pick next year and other initiatives, that’s a remarkable thing.

Trump Must Beware the Establishment’s Obsequious Embrace

It’s such an enduring facet of human nature. Go for the throat of your enemies, but once they have power or can benefit you, lovingly kiss their feet.

That was what was on display Wednesday at a White House celebration of congressional passage of the tax cut. The establishment, which had opposed his election and held him in contempt, was now praising Trump, wafting toward success, and starting to rethink this business about him being a liability to their careers in 2018.

“You made the case for the tax bill,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “This has been a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the Trump administration . . . Thank you, Mr. President, for all you’re doing.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the “exquisite presidential leadership” of Trump.

“We would not be standing here if it were not for you,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

“You stop and think about it, this president hasn’t even been in office for a year, and look at all the things that he’s been able to get done, by sheer will in many ways,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

This is dangerous territory for Trump. He was sent here not to join the establishment, but to destroy it. He can use this, though, if he is not co-opted by the flattery, by bending them to his will rather than the reverse.

McConnell, who is the guardian angel of the establishment, no doubt wants to turn Trump against Steve Bannon and Bannon’s efforts to unseat him as majority leader. McConnell is the wiliest operator in Washington, a longtime survivor.

But Trump, though susceptible to flattery, is not a slave to it. A salesman himself, knows when he is being played. He has things he wants to achieve and is more committed to his ideology and agenda than people realize. I think the establishment is misjudging Trump once again.

H/T Politico.

McConnell and Collins Have a Deal to Try to Save Obamacare

Congressional Republicans deployed a brilliant strategy to gut Obamacare by camouflaging within the tax cut bill language ending the insurance purchase mandate. Had they tried to run that as a “standalone” measure, it no doubt would have been defeated, as was their initial effort earlier this year to wreck Obamacare.

The requirement that everyone purchase insurance helps Obamacare survive by guaranteeing income to insurers that they lose by being forced to cover everyone – including the sickest people – and give them the same basic coverage no matter their needs. By requiring younger, healthier people who would forgo insurance to pay for it, insurers get the cash they need to pay the bills of the least healthy. Without this requirement, insurers would take a big hit and have no reason to participate in the health care “exchanges” providing insurance to individuals.

But in order to get the vote of moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine for the tax cut, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to move legislation that would have taxpayers restore “cost sharing” payments to insurance companies, which would help them deal with the expected decision of many healthy young adults to stop buying insurance. This would, of course, undermine the whole purpose of eliminating the mandate.

Fortunately, it appears that House Republicans are going to reject the idea, which the Senate wants to include in a separate spending package. Conservatives likely will not agree to again grab defeat from the jaws of victory on Obamacare. Barack Obama’s signature achievement – other than doubling the debt, vastly weakening our national security, and growing the economy at the lowest rate of any post-World War II president – likely is on its way out, while Collins will be left with a face-saving deal she can blame the House for not agreeing to.

Video || Protestor Sneaks Into Press Area, Yells at Trump on Capitol Hill

A protestor got himself into the press scrum on Capitol Hill and started making a scene and throwing little Russian flags as President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walked by.

“Trump is treason! Trump is treason,” he shouted. “Why is Congress talking about tax cuts when they should be talking about treason?” he wondered, aloud.

They’re walking through what is called “the Ohio clock corridor,” named for the big old clock you can see in the video. Trump and McConnell must be walking to the majority leader’s office, which is around the corner.

This looks like a bad security breach. You need a pass to be in this area. You can see that at the moment this guy erupts, there’s no security directly between him and Trump. Lucky he didn’t throw something worse than little flags.

Here’s another view.

Video || Trump Stages Show of Unity With McConnell

President Trump staged a news conference Monday with embattled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is under fire from conservatives as a stale, long-term member of the Washington establishment who fails to support genuine conservatives for the Senate and who came up short getting the Senate to pass Obamacare repeal. Trump’s best buddy show with… Continue Reading

Effort to Get Rid of McConnell Intensifies

A group of leading conservatives today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding that he resign. The letter is signed by Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin, FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon, Richard A. Viguerie, and Brent Bozell. It was dispatched as former Trump White House… Continue Reading

Donald and Chuck and Nancy and Paul and Mitch

Here’s part of the problem for Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. Trump just likes Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi better. And that’s a problem for all of us. One of the reasons I think he turned to the Democratic leaders, beyond sending a message to Republicans that they need to get in line because he… Continue Reading

McConnell: From Rip Out O’Care “Roots and Branches” to Light Gardening

Well, the Washington Establishment is striking back. It truly would be one of the great examples of political fraud if Republicans got themselves elected to Congress on a vow to end Obamacare only to wuss out when the opportunity arose. Sen. Mitch McConnell, no doubt personally miffed that President Trump has interfered with his plans… Continue Reading