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This guy is so disgusting that I must take a break to vomit...
https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/mcconnell-says-he-d-support-trump-if-he-wins-2024-nomination-1.5325400

GOP has the knack to gather the most coward and stupid politicians in USA. Hats off !
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Mitch McConnell made a floor speech on Tuesday in which he displayed his very best King Kong impression. Pounding his chest (well, rhetorically), he warned that if the Democrats kill the filibuster, he and his caucus will use every dirty trick in the book to cause Senate business to grind to a halt. And then, when the GOP gets control of the government again, the pendulum will "swing hard," and the Republicans will defund Planned Parenthood, pass concealed carry laws, restrict or outlaw abortion, support new and expanded oil drilling, etc.

He makes these same threats every time the filibuster appears to be endangered. And the odds of the Republican Party claiming the trifecta again, anytime soon, are pretty low. By the time they do, the Supreme Court will have already decided, one way or the other, if it's sticking with Roe v. Wade, while America's auto fleet will be well on the way to being all-electric. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has already lost the majority of its federal funding, while all red states (and many blue states) already allow some form of concealed carry. Point is, these specific threats are rather empty.

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Last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blustered and thundered that if the Democrats abolish the filibuster, he will be really, really angry and there will be hell to pay. Why did he bother? It isn't as if the Democrats are now cowering under their desks, too frightened to do it, lest they incur his mighty wrath. Their decision to reform (not abolish) the filibuster will depend on whether they can get 50 votes to do so in their own caucus. What the Republicans want is irrelevant. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the key player here, not McConnell.

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Greg Sargent at the Washington Post has a plausible reason why McConnell actually wants to keep the filibuster. And it is not about what the Democrats might do now. It is about what might happen if the Republicans win all the marbles in 2024. Fundamentally, there are two categories of things Republicans might do if they had the White House and a majority in the Senate and House. First, they would confirm conservative judges and pass tax cuts. But they can do both of those with or without the filibuster. The former can't be filibustered and the latter can be done using the budget reconciliation process.

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Second, they will try to pass all kinds of legislation that the activist conservative grass roots would love but would be a disaster for the Party in 2026. Imagine a law making it a felony to cross state lines to obtain an abortion—with a 10-year prison sentence for the first offense going up to 50 years on the third one. Before too long, many red states won't have any abortion clinics left, so the only way for a woman to obtain one would be to cross state lines (or an international border). McConnell knows the pressure from the base to pass laws like this would be unbearable if there were no filibuster. Now he can say to the activists: "No can do, because the Democrats will filibuster it." McConnell knows that if there were no filibuster and extreme laws like that were proposed, he would catch hell from the base if he didn't bring them up for a vote and would lose his majority in 2026 if he did.

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And abortion is only one issue. How about a federal law allowing concealed carry of any weapon in any state? How about a federal law banning immigration of all kinds? Or a law providing a $1,000 bounty for anyone capturing an undocumented immigrant and turning him or her over to the Border Patrol? And since fetuses would be legally people by, say, Feb. 1, 2025, capturing and turning over a pregnant woman would be worth $2,000. There are so many more laws the base would demand but which would wipe out the GOP at the next general election.

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Another problem is the asymmetry in what the parties want. Most of what the Republicans want could be undone the next time the Democrats took over. Taxes on rich people could be raised, interstate travel for abortions could be made legal again, and concealed carry could be made illegal again. However, the Democrats' priorities, like making D.C. a state or granting citizenship to all the undocumented immigrants would be very hard to reverse. Other things, like repealing H.R. 1 and taking the vote away from people who just got it, would be technically possible but would generate an enormous blowback that would hit Republicans like a ton of bricks. So in this view, McConnell sees the filibuster as an excuse he can offer to the base when they demand things he knows are very unpopular. He can just say: "Democrats will filibuster it" so he is off the hook.

WP article :arrow: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/03/18/why-republicans-want-to-keep-filibuster/

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While the House is doing its best impersonation of the Supreme Soviet, circa 1960, and working to purge those who are not sufficiently loyal to the glorious Father of the Nation, the Senate is mostly flying under the radar. Yes, there are Trumpy folks in the upper chamber, like Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), who are always happy to do a TV hit where they parrot the Trumpist talking points of the day. But largely the Senate has remained out of the fray for the past few weeks.

Particularly remarkable is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) Switzerland-like ability to avoid falling in with either side. He made a Trump-critical speech, just like Liz Cheney did (though he did not, of course, support impeachment like her). The Senator has also refused to undertake a pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago (or, starting this week, Bedminster) to kiss the ring. In fact, McConnell has made pretty clear that he would prefer never to speak to Trump again. The Donald has attacked him several times, but the attacks don't seem to be landing.

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What is the secret of McConnell's success? At least in part, it is taking Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment of politics ("Thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican") to heart. Rather than focusing on internecine struggles, the Majority Leader has set his sights on the "real" enemy, namely Joe Biden, decreeing that "One hundred percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration." To paraphrase the famous LBJ quote, it would seem that McConnell thinks it's better to piss on someone outside the tent than someone inside the tent.

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In addition, if there is anyone who has the power to launch an all-out GOP Civil War, it's McConnell. If he goes Full Cheney, and decrees that the future of the Party is not with Trump, then a lot of Republican officeholders will have to make a tough choice between a fellow who has the adoration of the base but is not in power, and a fellow who is currently the most powerful Republican officeholder in the country. That has not caused Trump to tread lightly, but it may be influencing other Trumpists to do so.

We shall see how long McConnell can stay above the fray, though we do know that over the course of nearly four decades in politics, he's gotten very good at turtling up when he needs to.


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As of Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was open to a bipartisan commission that would investigate what exactly happened on Jan. 6 and whose fault it was. Yesterday, he came down against it, saying that ongoing criminal investigations are enough. He undoubtedly knows that if a bipartisan commission were to examine all the evidence impartially it would be forced to officially come to the conclusion that everyone already knows: A mob of Trump supporters, egged on by the former president and at least tacitly supported by the Republican leadership in the House, tried to overthrow American democracy and install a quasi-dictatorship instead. McConnell knows that such a report would not be helpful in 2022 so he decided that the formation of the commission had to be stopped. The only mystery here is what took him so long to figure this out. Is he starting to slow down? He'll be 80 in February.

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On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) came out against the commission, so the GOP leadership is now unified. The Republican leaders of both chambers don't want to find out what really happened and why. Now Republicans can try to spin it as: "Partisan Democrats want to conduct a witch hunt. We will oppose that with everything we've got." There is one small fly in that ointment, though. The bill for a 1/6 commission came up for a vote in the House late yesterday, a bit earlier than expected, and the final tally was 252-175 in favor of the bill, with 35 Republicans joining all the Democrats. That...complicates the "witch hunt" argument.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he will bring a bill to the Senate floor for a vote, with or without McConnell's blessing. But unless 10 Republican senators want to stick their necks out so Trump can chop their heads off, the bill will die in a filibuster. Some had expressed a willingness to support such a commission, but now with both the Senate and House leadership against it, it is much less likely to happen. After all, loyalty to the Party is far more important than loyalty to the Constitution or the country.

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Democrats don't have a lot of options here. Some House committee could hold hearings and write its own report, but Republicans would call the report a sham. McConnell would denounce any report it produced as partisan. Fox News would agree and half the country would call it fake news. But you can count on it that if a Republican narrowly wins in 2024 and Black Lives Matters instigates a riot in order to stop the counting of the electoral votes, by Jan. 7, 2025, every Republican in Congress will have co-sponsored a bill to investigate the riot.

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That said, even if the commission does not happen, the matter is still going to get thoroughly investigated by the FBI and other government entities, so GOP obstruction here isn't necessarily a "Get Out of Jail Free" card. Further, the Democrats will weaponize McCarthy's and McConnell's intransigence in 2022, using this as exhibit A for who's really running the Republican Party, while also wondering, to anyone who will listen, why Benghazi gets 11 investigations from Congress and a serious attempt to overthrow the government of the United States gets zero.

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