The Tea Party handed power to Mitch McConnell so he can now publicly spit on them.
After learning about how the budget process was completely and inexplicably derailed, this should come as no surprise to anyone. Mitch McConnell is now calling for spending increases. According to the Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Wednesday that he and the House Speaker are discussing a short-term government funding bill to avoid a shutdown on Oct. 1.
McConnell (R-Ky.) also warned his GOP colleagues that they are almost certainly going to have to accept spending levels above those in the 2011 Budget Control Act that introduced the sequester, the series of automatic cuts and ceilings meant to restrain federal spending.
The GOP leader blamed Democrats for not allowing Republicans to move forward on any appropriations bills, which he said had delayed any progress.
“And so we are inevitably going to end up in a negotiation that will crack the Budget Control Act once again,” McConnell said.
“There’s a lot of pressure in Congress to spend more,” he added. “The administration certainly wants to spend more, and the president, of course, is in a key position to determine whether any of these bills, should he get them, become laws, so we’ll end up in the negotiation that I just described.”
It is like we are still the minority party!
And then we get the explanation of how holding majorities in the House and Senate does nothing for us.
GOP lawmakers are running out of time to avoid a shutdown, and are facing pressure from House conservatives who say they’ll object to any funding measure that includes money for Planned Parenthood, the healthcare provider that provides abortion services.
Forget about Planned Parenthood for a moment and think about the way this is being presented to us. Somehow it is automatically Congress’ responsibility to avoid a government shutdown and a government shutdown is automatically Congress’ fault.
In that delusional world, Obama is permitted to veto anything and everything. He is, in fact, the one who is being dogmatic and refusing to negotiate.
Why is Congress accepting this silly interpretation of the situation and acting as if it is true? The people gave them a great victory after the shutdown of 2013! If Obama gets stubborn and shuts down the government, every Republican should blame him for it.
Is McConnell so delusional that he doesn’t see that he is throwing away his own leverage?
More likely: he wants spending increased and is rooting for Obama while pretending that he has no options but to go along with the increased spending.