Did McConnell Cave On The Filibuster?

Mitch McConnell had originally told new Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer that in order to start dealing with Republicans on how to set up the Senate for at least the next two years, Schumer had to agree not to kill the filibuster. Schumer said it was not going to happen.

And it appears that Mitch McConnell has decided it’s best to plant the flag in a different part of Schumer’s body, he has backed off from that demand. So, what does the former Majority Leader know that the new Majority Leader apparently doesn’t?

He knows that Chuck Schumer has all of the responsibility of being the Majority Leader, but none of the power that goes along with the job. And he knows that he, now as Minority Leader has all of the power that SHOULD go along with the job, but McConnell doesn’t have any of the responsibilities. That would put McConnell in the better position I would assume.

McConnell also knows that West Virginia Senator, Joe Manchin has told the world that he is not going to vote for getting rid of the filibuster. Manchin has always been a man of his word, and is probably the most conservative member of the Democrat caucus. So, without his vote to kill the filibuster, there are a lot of things that just won’t happen.

McConnell knows that if Manchin were to follow through on his statement, not only would there not be a killing of the filibuster, but you would therefore need 60 votes to pass most items that would come before the Senate in the next two years (at least). That would mean there would be no packing of the Supreme Court (which Manchin has also said he’s against). There would also be no statehood for Washington, DC, or for Puerto Rico, and the additional four Senators that would come along with it, since it’s going to take 60 votes to get there, and it’s highly doubtful that 10 Republicans are going to cross the aisle and vote with Democrats on that one, since it would pretty well guarantee Democrat rule in the Senate for the foreseeable future.

And so, knowing all of that, Mitch McConnell can sit back and sip some of that Kentucky Bourbon his state is known for and smile. Because even with Kamala Harris sitting as the President of the Senate, her vote probably won’t mean anything if they can’t get to 60.

And there are a few other Senators from what I’ve read that are balking at trying to get rid of the filibuster. In layman’s parlance, the votes just ain’t there. And you can’t move anything forward unless you have the votes. Schumer may talk a big game, as he did in the first impeachment trial, but in the end, he doesn’t have the ability to move anything forward unless he’s dealing with judicial appointments and the like. The real heavy lifting is going to be relegated to the next Senate to deal with…possibly. Either that, or the Democrats are going to have to realize that they are going to have to make some deals that the Republicans are wanting to make. But the filibuster? It’s off the table.

And Mitch McConnell can smile while the uber-leftists clamor around Schumer wanting him to bring up bills they have no chance in hell of passing. Oh, it’s going to be fun to watch the Senate for the next couple of years!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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