Republican leaders are scrambling for ways to stave off the likely blue wave of midterm election victories for Democrats in November.
The latest desperate maneuver from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is to try to keep Democratic senators off the campaign trail this fall.
McConnell “is planning to keep the chamber in session for a significant portion of October if not four entire weeks, costing Democrats key campaign trail days and allowing the Senate to continue its work into the fall,” Politico reports.
By contrast, the House is expected to go on recess during the second half of September and all of October because of the campaign season.
Fun fact: According to a Dallas Morning News investigative report, Mitch McConnell accepted more direct Russian contributions than any member of Congress. On top of that is all the NRA money he has accepted as well.
People, people we are the same
No we’re not the same
‘Cause we don’t know the game
What we need is awareness, we can’t get careless.
— “Fight The Power,” Public Enemy
Poor, poor Mitch. Guess his dining choices are narrowing by the day, and he can’t do drive-thru — he might be justifiably worried about someone spitting in his food! Via Eater:
No restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, is safe for Mitch McConnell, it seems. Protesters followed the Senate Majority Leader to his dinner destination on Sunday night, blasting Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and chanting “no justice, no peace.” McConnell and his group was forced to leave Italian restaurant Sarino mid-meal due to the disturbance, according to the Courier Journal.
[…] A bartender who works at the restaurant next door, Nick Hulstine, saw the protesters coming and offered up his speaker system to play “Fight the Power.” One of the protesters had a mega-phone, and a group of about 10 entered the restaurant while McConnell was dining. According to passers-by, the staff at Sarino wanted to serve McConnell, and were yelling at the protesters to leave. Some staff began to escort the protesters out. Ultimately, it was McConnell who left, with bodyguards and in unmarked cars this time, per the Courier Journal.
Every time I think Mitch McConnell might do something right, he quickly proves me wrong. So we’ll see:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled on Tuesday that he isn’t ready, yet, to change the rules to speed up votes on President Trump’s nominees.
Asked if he would give the proposal a vote, and if he was willing to go “nuclear” to implement the change, the tightlipped GOP leader said, “We’ll see.”
“We continue to discuss whether that will be necessary. An easier way to deal with all this, however, would be to have greater cooperation and the cooperation has picked up some this year,” McConnell told reporters.
He added that “the attitude of the Democrats seems to be better. That’s the best way to solve the problem. To get back to some degree of normalcy.”
A group of GOP senators, led by James Lankford (Okla.), want to cut down on the amount of debate required for nominations once they clear an initial hurdle that shows they have the votes to be confirmed.
Currently, nominations are subjected to an extra 30 hours of debate.
So Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Scum) just gave the go-ahead signal to Trump: He says he won’t allow legislation to protect Bob Mueller from being fired.
He told Neil Cavuto last night on Fox he doesn’t believe Trump will fire him — and he doesn’t want the bill on the floor.
“I don’t think he should fire Mueller and I don’t think he’s going to,” he said. “So this is a piece of legislation that isn’t necessary, in my judgment.
“I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor, that’s my responsibility as the majority leader, we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” he said.
Cavuto asked our own Yertle McTurtle if he’d be shocked if Trump fired Mueller. “Yes, I don’t think he should and I don’t think he will,” the turtle croaked.
A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill last week that would make it harder for fire Mueller, stating that the special counsel can only be fired for “good cause” by a senior Justice Department official.
To those concerned that nations will soon fight over diminishing oil reserves: If you think that’s bad, wait until world population booms to 10 billion or so, and fresh water dries up. But that stuff is long-term. The short-term disaster at home is all I can stomach for now, just barely.