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What the hell is Mitch McConnell doing?
Yet again, as Democrats are dazed, divided, and desperate, the Senate Republican leader rides to their rescue.
McConnell, Kentucky’s senior senator, is bailing out Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. McConnell will deliver enough GOP votes to help Democrats increase the national debt limit by $480 billion through December. The Senate reportedly will vote today on this bipartisan fiscal-recklessness pact.
If McConnell planned to collapse beneath Schumer’s pressure, he should have done so quietly. Instead, McConnell very dramatically persuaded Senate Republicans unanimously to ignore Schumer’s and President Biden’s cheap default drama and, instead, invite him, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Biden to push Democrats to boost borrowing thresholds on their own.
McConnell held a news conference to highlight GOP unity. Having displayed resolve and rallied the Republican base, McConnell now whips out his oft-deployed white flag, just as the battle began. This will enrage and demoralize Republicans who, just days ago, were girding for a major fight over fiscal responsibility.
Mitch McConnell? He’s more like Mitch McClellan.
“Mitch caved,” Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., crowed Wednesday. She told