Fresh off of his surrender to Obama’s Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke to a group of K-street lobbyists and wealthy donors at a fundraiser in Sea Island, Georgia this weekend.
The Kentucky Republican said he wanted to “address the elephant in the room” as he vowed there would be no more government shutdowns on his watch. He went on to lament that Republicans wouldn’t come close to defaulting on the nation’s debts next year, when stop-gap government funding and the debt ceiling are slated to be voted on again.
“He’s in fighting mode,” said one attendee. “He didn’t get into specifics about what they are doing and how they are going to do it, but McConnell and (Texas Sen. John) Cornyn were particularly forceful.” The attendee said McConnell “said everything that needed to be said” to help tamp down growing concern among bundlers and donors over how the GOP continues to be paralyzed by anti-establishment members like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). Neither lawmaker attended the event. (Reported by Anna Palmer, for Politico)
McConnell also took time to gloat over his prognostication that the defund/delay efforts would fail. He reaffirmed previous statements, this was “not conservative principle,” and went on to assure his contributors he would continue to fight the anti-establishment wing in a more aggressive manner.
It’s really too bad that Cruz and Lee didn’t attend, perhaps they could have corrected the aged senator on a few things. First of all, it’s not a “conservative principle” to be muttering liberal socialists talking points, like the idea that it’s possible we can default on our debts if we don’t raise the debt ceiling. The 14th Amendment of the Constitution prohibits this, it’s never been in question. Regardless of any budget deal or funding measure, regardless of debt ceilings and continuing resolutions, and regardless of governmental shutdowns, our nation’s debts will be serviced as a matter of Constitutional law, end of discussion.
Maybe Cruz or Lee could have interjected a point of order for the confused McConnell, that is was not the Republicans who forced a government shutdown, it was the Democrats. Yeah, I know the polls all say that people blame the shutdown on Republicans, but with McConnell, McCain, Cornyn, Rove and the entirety of the establishment elite out there on television daily, repeating this mantra in harmony with the Democrats, what do you expect people to think?
Perhaps they could have also pointed out, the only card in his hand in terms of negotiation with Harry Reid and Democrats, is the threat of walking away from the table, which McConnell happily discarded. Essentially, McConnell has said that Republicans will continue to capitulate and surrender to the demands of Obama and Democrats, and they won’t even threaten a shutdown in the future. Knowing this, the Democrats have the ultimate advantage in any future negotiations. In fact, McConnell has effectively put Republicans in the position of not being able to negotiate at all.
Oh, but McConnell is fired up, ready to fight vociferously against the Tea Party and Ted Cruz! He is surely going to fight harder than he has ever fought, with the help of his crony corporatist donors and lobbyists. The Fat Cat Republican Establishment has declared war on the Tea Party conservatives. Apparently, they will emerge from underneath their desks, where they have been hiding and cowering from liberal democrats, to wage this epic battle for the heart and soul of the party.
I say, bring it on! Let’s have this fight amongst ourselves now, so that we can settle the argument before we lose the country entirely. McConnell wants to attack the conservative base, and declare war, so be it. I happen to believe he has no idea what is about to transpire. The Tea Party conservatives are not going away, they won’t be tamped down, they will rebuke the attempts of the establishment to sit them in the corner and scold them like little children. If the GOP elites want to turn like rabid dogs, on the very base of it’s party, and declare an all out war, then war we shall have. Just know, Mr. McConnell, it’s going to be a mean and vicious war, and it’s not going to end pretty for you or the Surrender Caucus of the Republican party. It’s a really good thing this crusty old fart knows how to lay down and surrender so well, that attribute may come in handy for him in the very near future.