From: Powerline, By: John Hinderaker, On: February 27, 2015, See the article HERE.
It is almost unbelievable how badly Congressional Republicans have botched their opposition to President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty and the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. The House, under John Boehner’s direction, did the right thing: it passed a bill that fully funded DHS, but barred spending to implement the amnesty that has now been declared illegal by a federal court. The action then moved to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried repeatedly to bring the House measure to the floor for a vote. Four times, the Democrats filibustered the DHS funding bill.
As a result of the Democrats’ filibuster, DHS was in danger of running out of money. That put Republicans in a strong position. All they had to do was…nothing. If they didn’t blink, pressure on the Democrats to fund DHS would prove irresistible. It’s not for nothing the voters gave the GOP a majority, right?
Instead, Mitch McConnell backed off. He gave in to Harry Reid’s demands, even though Reid was surely bluffing, and the Senate passed a “clean” DHS funding bill that did nothing to block the illegal amnesty. That put the House in an untenable position. With the clock ticking down to the last hours before DHS ran out of money, it was now Republicans–not Democrats–who were standing in the way of funding the Department.
Having been sold out by the Senate, House Republicans bowed to the inevitable. John Boehner tried to pass a three-week funding extension, but didn’t have the votes. At the last possible moment, the House fell back to a seven-day extension, with Democrats providing the needed margin of support. The seven-day extension can have no possible purpose other than to give Republicans an opportunity to beat an orderly retreat.
If the Republicans wanted to arm their enemies, they couldn’t have done a better job. This is the New York Times’ triumphant account:
Republicans vowing to govern effectively as a congressional majority failed a fundamental test Friday, when House leaders managed to narrowly pass only a seven-day funding extension to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security just hours before money was to run out.
That’s a news story, not an opinion column. But it’s hard to blame the Democrats for exulting. They were in a corner; they had no cards to play; the voters have ejected them from the majority in both chambers; their objective was to keep alive a patently illegal program that had already been declared so by a federal judge. And the Republicans still couldn’t manage to pull out a victory.
Politics is like anything else: if you want to succeed, you have to be good at it. As best I can tell, Washington Republicans aren’t. We need new leadership, and we need it now.
Is Mitch McConnell: feeble, feckless, impotent, incompetent, powerless, spineless, or worthless?
How about “all of the above?”
This doddering old tub of Jell-O has got to be more competent at changing a grandchild’s loaded diaper than he is to be the majority leader of the United States Senate. Talk about a job that’s outside his wheelhouse.
He is the originator and prime proponent of the GAGA theory (Go Along to Get Along). There’s not an ounce of fight in the “man,” and I’m surprised that he achieved full adult size after having his lunch money taken from him throughout grade school, junior high, and high school by a succession of tough girls.
He is not someone that you’d want guarding your back, better that you keep him in front of you where he can’t stab you in your back.
We thought that we’d won something when we took back the Senate in 2014. Better that we had dumped McConnell and not retaken the Senate. We’d probably be better off with someone else as a strong Minority Leader than McConnell as Majority Leader. He is absolutely worthless.
Here’s an idea: why not buy Harry Reid? Maybe we could trade McConnell (and a boatload of cash) to the democrats for Harry Reid – we all know that Reid can be bought – and we’d have someone who could manage the Senate in OUR favor. Maybe we could win a legislative battle then?
The only thing that Mitch McConnell is good at is submission and surrender. I wonder if he’s ever won at anything, against competition, in any endeavor?
Right now, I’d trade him for a good chili/cheese coney – happily.