Mitch McConnell is so addicted to the filibuster that he just filibustered his own bill

It’s no wonder that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is so opposed to reforming the filibuster. He’s addicted to it.  McConnell just filibustered his own bill to raise the debt ceiling. McConnell, a stalwart Republican from Kentucky  was trying to prove  that Democrats don’t have the votes to weaken Congress’ authority on the debt limit, which didn’t work out in his favor as  they called his bluff, and he ended up filibustering his own bill.










The legislation McConnell filibustered was modeled on a proposal he offered last year.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement .

Via Talking Points Memo:

“The Senate should pass Senator McConnell’s proposal to give the President the authority to avoid the knock-down, drag-out fight we had over the debt ceiling last year – a fight that caused the first-ever downgrade of this country’s credit, and cost our economy billions. 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. “After leading three hundred and eighty five filibusters in recent years, Senator McConnell took obstruction to new heights by filibustering his own bill. Republicans’ obstruction and intransigence turned the last debt ceiling fight into a disaster for the middle-class. We should give American families the security of knowing we will never go through such a harmful ordeal again.”

In the 110th Congress of 2007-2008, with Republicans in the minority, there were a record 112 cloture votes. In the current session of Congress – the 111th – for all of 2009 and the first two months of 2010 the number already exceeds 40. The most the filibuster has been used when Democrats were in the minority was 58 times in the 106th Congress of 1999-2000.

There is a reason that McConnell always appears to be in a butt clench. As reported here,  McConnell was one of the Republican leaders who met behind closed doors in 2008 during a covert meeting, to swear an oath not to support anything and everything the newly minted President tries to accomplish.  And now it seems, he meant it even if it means obstructing his own obstructing, so to speak.


There is one lady that could very well take down Mitch McConnell.

  • Mitch McConnell

    Butt clench? MOI?

    • bettievbeard

      And a few other not so nice choice words! Shameful and irresponsible Legislator

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  • Mugsy’s RapSheet

    If nothing else convinces Harry Reid to push for The Standing Filibuster on the first day of the new Congress, nothing will. McTurtle may have just done Democrats a HUGE favor.