The Septegenarian Ninja Turtle hoisted on his own petard

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Mitch_mcconnell_frown-cropped-proto-custom_2It could not have happened to a more deserving individual. The Septegenarian Ninja Turtle, Mitch McConnell, pulled a stunt in the Senate on Thursday that blew up on him — hoisted on his own petard.

You could say that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was "for his bill before he was against it."

Joan McCarter at Daily Kos has a good summary of the hilarity that ensued. Mitch McConnell filibusters his own debt ceiling proposal :

On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed having a vote
on a proposal he first raised back in 2011 to allow the president to
unilaterally increase the debt ceiling. Back then, he used it to try to
pressure President Obama further on debt ceiling negotiations,
attempting to force Democrats to break a stalemate with this proposal.
So he thought he'd try it again now.

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[His] maneuver was designed to force Democrats to go on record
in support of largely removing Congress’s role in the sensitive issue of
the nation’s legal borrowing limit.

Except that it didn't quite work that way. Sen. Harry Reid moved to
bring that proposal to the Senate floor this afternoon for a simple
majority vote, and McConnell blocked it.

Reid said McConnell’s objection was a “case of Republicans refusing to take yes for an answer.”

“This morning the Republican leader asked consent to have a vote on
this proposal. Now I told everyone that we are willing to have that
vote, up-or-down vote,” Reid said. “Now the Republican leader objects to
his own idea. So I guess we have a filibuster of his own bill.”

Of course, McConnell isn't about to give up his permanent hostage,
the debt ceiling. Remember what he said last year? "What we did learn
is this—it's a hostage that's worth ransoming." It's a strategy that
could very well backfire on McConnell.

The business leaders at the Business Roundtable with whom Obama met this week, according to Greg Sargent,
are with the president. What's more, they are now "prepared to support a
provision designed to dramatically minimize the possibility of another
standoff now and in the future—one also supported by the White House."
That provision: "the 'McConnell provision,' a proposal pushed by Mitch
McConnell last year to try to defuse the crisis." The one McConnell
refused to allow a vote on today. [Bwahahaha!]

Senator Reid issued a statement promising to bring up McConnell's bill again for a vote: "Senator McConnell’s filibuster prevented us from having this vote today, but I will continue to seek an agreement to hold an up-or-down vote on his proposal to avoid another debt ceiling debacle."

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell did a play-by-play of Mitch McConnell’s filibuster stunt on Thursday’s Rewrite segment on The Last Word, calling it “the most idiotic thing any minority leader has ever done on the Senate floor.”

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