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!

Manchin Allays Fears

While Republicans seemed to be breathing a sign of relief that the possibility of Democrats taking over the Senate and doing the nasty to the filibuster, and statehood for Washington DC, and Puerto Rico, and of course the whole court-packing thing going by the wayside, apparently their fears were unfounded by an unlikely source.

Joe Manchin apparently has come to the Republicans’ rescue.

Manchin, the conservative Democrat from West Virginia is mostly likely the reddest of the Democrats in the Senate right now. And while he voted against Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court based on the nomination being so close to an election, he has come out and said that no…even if the two runoffs in Georgia go to the Democrats and it ends up being a 50/50 tie in the Senate (which would give Dems’ the tie-breaker with Kamala Harris as VP casting the tie-breaking vote), there’s no need to worry.

Manchin has said that when it comes to packing the court, and killing the filibuster, he’s against both items. He doesn’t want anything to do with either of them, so in the even unlikely event that Democrats take both seats in the Georgia Runoff Elections on January 5th, it won’t matter. They would still lose 51-49 on both of those counts (assuming all the Republicans would be voting against them and all Democrats would be voting for them).

And even though it looks like the GOP did indeed dodge a bullet, and will still control the Senate for the next two years, Manchin’s comments show that really it isn’t about Democrat and Republican as much as it is about right and wrong. Back when FDR tried to pack the court in order to pass his socialist agendas, he failed primarily because it was a Republican controlled Senate, and because it was the wrong thing to do. Today, it’s still the wrong thing to do. Manchin even mentioned Harry Reid’s decision to invoke the “nuclear option” for Bobo Obama in 2013 that gave the Democrats the ability to pass all presidential appointments except Supreme Court Justices with 51 votes as opposed to the 60 votes that had been the case. That opened the door some four years later for Mitch McConnell to expand that option to Supreme Court Justices, which has led to not only Neil Gorsuch and Bret Kavanaugh, but also Amy Coney Barrett to swing the high court far to the right.

Manchin is right when it comes to protecting traditions in the upper house of Congress. The filibuster should stay in place. And yes, maybe an amendment to the Constitution would be in order to set the number of Supreme Court Justices at nine. But that seems very unlikely with the political landscape in DC as it currently stands. Though I’m sure there could be 38 states out there that would go along with it, getting two-thirds of both the House and Senate to agree that the sky is blue would be a stretch. That means 292 House members would have to be in favor of it, and 67 Senators would have to go along with it. The president, by the way, has no say in Constitutional Amendments. However, holding traditions seems to be something the left doesn’t want to do, especially if it means they can shut out Republican control for decades to come. And there is the difference between your typical Democrat today and someone like Manchin. He’s a realist. He’s even someone I may someday be able to vote for. I said someday. Not today.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Democrats Keep Stepping In It

Oh, it’s been going on for quite some time. In fact, I think it was Rush Limbaugh who once said that when Democrats are out of power, and their backs are against the wall is when they are the most fun to watch because that’s when they get the craziest. I think he was right.

Let’s review some interesting points, shall we?

We begin with the replace of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Supreme Court Justice. Now, first and foremost, you have to remember that when Bobo Obama was President, he tried, as did a lot of folks in the Senate to get Ginsburg to retire. She didn’t want to. She said she’d keep her job as long as she was able. And she did. Except she screwed her own philosophy by dying when a Republican was in the White House, and held sway in the Senate.

There have been 29 times in our country’s history where a sitting Supreme Court Justice has died during the final year of a president’s term. Out of those 29 times, the party in control of the White House was the same party in control of the Senate 19 of those times. In EACH time, a new Supreme Court Justice was nominated and confirmed during the president’s final year in office. 10 times the party in charge of the White House differed from the party in the Senate. In all but two instances, though the president made the nomination, it was not carried out by the Senate. History is on the side of the Republicans, regardless what the Democrats say.

Chuck Schumer has stated that “everything is on the table” should the Democrats win the Senate back. What he’s referring to are a few things. First, they want to pack the Supreme Court, getting it to 12 members from the current nine. That was tried in the FDR administration since the high court kept slapping down FDR’s proposals as unconstitutional. He threatened to pack the court with liberals and socialists, but never did.

Second, Schumer wants to do away with the filibuster because then whichever party is in charge can run the Senate with just a plain majority. They can shut down debate with only 50 Senators so long as the Vice President is of the same party. That’s not what the Founding Fathers had in mind. They wanted the Senate to be the more “deliberative” body. They wanted the Senate to take their time, hash things out, and reach a consensus. Democrats are ready to trash that because they have been getting beat.

And, in an effort to pack the Senate, Schumer wants to admit Puerto Rico (typically they vote Democrat in primaries), and Washington, DC (they ALWAYS vote Democrat) as the 51st, and 52nd state. That would insure four more Senators that are Democrats. Ah, but there’s a problem with that. Congress has to authorize statehood, and the President has to sign off on it according to Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution. If Donald Trump is President, or the Republicans control one of the houses of Congress, the chances of that happening are nil. And Democrats would have to have a veto-proof majority in both houses in order to override Trump’s veto.

And, in a non-Washington political “oops”, Seattle’s City Council just voted down Mayor Jenny Durkin’s $3 million police defunding project. The vote was 7-2. Apparently, when people realize that cutting the funding for the cops means that there will be fewer cops and more bad guys on the street, they’re not so much in favor of cutting the funding anymore. Go figure!

The Democrat posturing is just the latest blather coming from the left. It’s one more example that shows that if they can’t win at the ballot box, Democrats will try anything to get control. And THAT is why it’s important to vote out Democrat Senators and Representatives and vote in Republicans this election day!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!