Last night, Senator Mitch McConnell and ten other Senate Republicans bailed out Senators Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and the rest of the Democrats. They didn’t have to do it. They could have refused to support yet another increase in the debt ceiling threshold like Joe Biden did almost two decades ago when he was in the Senate.
“My vote against the debt limit increase cannot change the fact that we have incurred this debt already and will no doubt incur more,” Biden said after he voted “nay” in 2006. “It is a statement that I refuse to be associated with the policies that brought us to this point.”
Some say McConnell caved on the debt ceiling because he was sensitive to the notion that Republicans were obstructionists who couldn’t be trusted with a majority in Congress. Some think it was a brilliant move to take the looming crisis off the front burner so Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin wouldn’t be hampered by angry federal employees facing layoffs right before next month’s election in Virginia. Some think it was just McConnell being the swamp creature he’s always been.
Frankly, it doesn’t matter why he did it. What matters is that