It’s hard to see the power levers, once tightly tightened by your dazzling fists, melt in the sand and slip between the skin -to -skin of your panicked, clipping fingers.
Just ask Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
The plague of the Democratic agenda – which is strongly geared to block the passage of any law favored by the opposition party since President Barack Obama took office – is throwing a huge hissy fit now that Democrats have found the cojones to consider changing Senate rules for filibusters to make it harder for the former Senate Chief to block progressive legislation.
McConnell has now threatened that the Republican Party will take the “scorched ground” policy if Democrats dare use filibuster reform to pass a voting bill that would prevent state GOP officials from using of voter suppression strategies to make it more difficult for progressive lean voters to cast their ballots.
One has to wonder how McConnell is proposing his party to do differently than his reactionary behavior over the past 10 years when he used his majority power to prevent the passage of any major legislative initiatives out of a $ 1.9 trillion tax credits to billionaires. and the confirmation of the judges approved by the right, approved by the Federalist Society.
However, after Georgia voting rights activist Stacey Abrams – whose efforts to increase the number of voters in her state were more responsible for McConnell’s decline in the Minority Leader – announced the his support for exempting the voting rights bill from the dangers of a filibuster, the Kentucky Republican is no longer there making threats that exceed his ability to follow effectively once the filibuster’s initial powers have expired or mixed.
“Some Democrats believe it would be a clean trade if they could just break the rules with a small razor -sharp majority,” McConnell lamented. “That’s not going to happen. So let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues. No one serving in this room can begin to imagine what a completely burnt earth would look like. in the Senate. “
“Everything the Senate Democrats did to Bush and Trump, everything the Senate Republicans did to President Obama would be a child’s game versus the disaster that Democrats would create for their own priorities if they broke the Senate,” McConnell continued. , painting a scenery that makes the apocalypse seem not yet dazzling by comparison. “Even with the most fundamental aspects of our colleagues’ agenda, the most common task of the Biden presidency is really going to be difficult – not easy – for Democrats in a post -nuclear Senate.”
It’s still hard to figure out how these threats differ from business as before for the man known as “the Grim Reaper of the Senate” because of his request for approval of most significant bills passed by the Democratic House of Representatives. Representatives die a quick death of strangulation by refusing to even submit them for consideration in the Senate.
McConnell’s grief for being small is evident from the delusions of a future GOP majority he dreamed of as he warned of the consequences for Democrats if they changed policies.
“Once Republicans squeeze back into the saddle, we will not only erase every liberal change that has hurt the country, we will strengthen America with all sorts of conservative policies with zero input from the other side,” he insisted. niya. “How about this? Nationwide right to work for working Americans. Pernicious Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities on the first day. A whole new era of domestic energy production. Sweeping new protections for conscience and the right to life of the unborn. Hidden revenge in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Very strong security tightening on the southern border. “
Having laid out his evil supervillain agenda, McConnell should have hoped that Democrats would not call him rotten.
Whether the voting rights bill is enacted – by ending or changing the Senate filibuster or not – the chances of a Republican majority getting a majority on the national stage after the damage President Pestilence inflicted on the country is skinny in a truly free and fair election.
Let Senator McConnell blush all he wants. Senate Democrats can and should simply ignore his pathetic and ineffective warnings as the cries of a wounded elephant with terminal sclerosis and continue to restore American democracy to its full potential.
Original reporting by David Edwards at RawStory.
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