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Mitch McConnell woke up this morning, poked his head out of his cozy little shell, looked around and decided, "Today is the day I'm going to lose my ever-loving-mind."

Quote from: Huff Post
WASHINGTON -- A move to embarrass Democrats backfired on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday as the Kentucky Republican proposed a vote on raising the nation's debt ceiling -- then filibustered it when the Democrats tried to take him up on the offer.

On Thursday morning McConnell had made a motion for the vote on legislation that would let the president extend the country's borrowing limit on his own. Congress would then have the option to disapprove such hikes, in a fashion similar to one that McConnell first suggested during last year's standoff over the debt ceiling.

The minority leader apparently did not think Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) would take him up on his offer, which would have allowed McConnell to portray President Barack Obama's desire for such authority as something even Democrats opposed.

Reid objected at first, but told McConnell he thought it might be a good idea. After Senate staff reviewed the proposal, Reid came back to the floor and proposed a straight up-or-down vote on the idea.

McConnell was forced to say no.

"What we're talking about here is a perpetual debt ceiling grant, in effect, to the president, " McConnell said. "Matters of this level of controversy always require 60 votes."

Sixty votes are required to end a filibuster during debate on a bill and hold a vote.

Democrats immediately seized on McConnell's reversal, noting it was the sort of obstruction that they think warrants changes to the rules on filibusters.

"What we have here is a case of the Republicans here in the Senate once again not taking yes for an answer," Reid said. "This morning the Republican leader asked consent to have a vote on his proposal. Just now I told everyone we're willing to have that vote, an up-or-down vote, and now the Republican leader objects to his own idea, so I guess we have a filibuser of his own bill."

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Re: Mitch McConnell crosses the crazy river, filibusters his own bill.
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Reads just like an article from The Onion. We've reached the point where satire and reality are indistinguishable.

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That's awesome, Leslie Knope would be proud.   "My god she is filibustering her own meeting"

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Reads just like an article from The Onion. We've reached the point where satire and reality are indistinguishable.

  We've been at that point for a very long time.

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This is the sort of thing that happens when legislation is designed to make a PR point instead of actually making policy.

But hilarious how it works out.  Reminds me of last year when the House Republicans tried to symbolically (because it was expected not to pass) vote for a budget involving radical spending cuts, and the Democrats all started voting present, forcing the Rs to scramble and vote down their own proposal.

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Are we sure Ron Paul didn't disguise himself as McConnell and sneak into the Senate?

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For a guy that once said that the Republican Party's number one priority should be making sure President Obama doesn't get elected, he sure is doing a great job making the Democrats look good.

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I wish McConnell had let it get to a vote.
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I'm sure this kind of thing happens all the time - its parliamentarian maneuvering, of which McConnell has actually been decent last four years, he just has no other principles (he's not a Tea Party fav in case you are wondering). Hyped by MSM to make Repubs look bad, Mitch could have had a different R filibuster for him easy enough.

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McConnell was not comfortable with it.  You could tell by his body language.   

Personally, I hope we go over the cliff, it's the best package to deal with the deficit.  Brings bigger cuts and the most taxes.   Then cut spending some more and get this thing paid off.

Our politicians now care more about there elections than the county.  No one wants to get Tea Partied and primaried.  So they won't compromise.

 

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