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    Mitch McConnell Sets The 2012 Narrative

    Mitch McConnell Sets The 2012 Narrative

    I have praised Mitch McConnell before, when he was fighting an almost impossible battle to hold the line in the Senate on a variety of issues when the Democrats had a filibuster-proof or near filibuster-proof majority.

    Now McConnell may have set the narrative for 2012 on the most important issue facing the nation, the national debt. That narrative is that no real deal is possible so long as Obama is President, as reported by The Wall Street Journal:

    A “real solution” to U.S. fiscal problems isn’t possible as long as President Barack Obama remains in office, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, heightening the rhetoric surrounding the debt-ceiling debate.

    Mr. McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican, and House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), both blamed President Obama for the stalemate in the debt-ceiling and deficit-reduction talks, and urged the White House to break the impasse. Negotiations were to resume for a third-straight day Tuesday afternoon.

    Mr. McConnell said he had gone into negotiations in good faith over how to formulate a deficit-reduction package to accompany an increase in the statutory borrowing limit….

    Mr. McConnell said he concluded after the latest negotiations that the administration had “expressed a fundamental unwillingness” to agree to significant spending cuts.

    “But after years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is unattainable,” Mr. McConnell said in a Senate floor speech.

    Update: Did I sing his praises too soon? McConnell has issued a proposal which I don’t fully understand, but which is meeting with much derision. When I understand it better, I’ll comment on it.


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    I expect to see tax deductions for mortgages and other small benefits for the middle class to be phased out. It will be spun as holding the line on tax increases in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.

    And both sides will claim victory….

    DINORightMarie | July 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I heard the above, while Rush was on. Then, during Sean Hannity on the radio just a minute ago, I heard the McConnell “Pontius Pilate Act” clip. No one has that video imbed. Michell Malkin, Red State, NRO all have the gist of his proposal. But no video.

    My request: would you post that video, as well? I can’t believe that he would say such clear, correct things as he did in this video, then do such a STUPID thing! It would NEVER pass the House. What in the heck was McConnell thinking?!?! Supposedly he is going to “clarify his statements” shortly, because of the immediate uproar. But unless he has totally been misquoted, then it’s over for him.

    McConnell is done. Toast. He will be primaried and removed, next election. DeMint will be the Majority leader in 2012, after this unbelievably insane proposal.

    kobayashi | July 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Professor back in the Storming the Senate thread
    you asked about choices: Post 2008 Election I discovered an obscure Congressional bit of information – The Senate Classes
    Mitch is in Class 2 ie 2014; everyone in “Class 1” is up in 2012. Every Rep is up every 2 years including 2012. The DC Talking heads figured 50 tops in November 2010, but RNC could have attempted a sweep like the 1894 at 124 seats:,_1894

    Best writeup on 2012 for me was from Maggies Notebook at

    What I’ve put up with for a decade before 2008 is the ‘yo-yo-ing” between “D” and “R”. What I really want to avoid is a duplicate of the contentious disaster to the constitution that was the 4-way 1912 Presidential Election and also note

    What I’m hoping for is a 1920/1894 election reviewing every candidate, including Senator McConnel at the Primary and General Election phase. Oh and no Third Party – if Taft had won that one the whole Twentieth Century “Hundred Years War” might have been avoided………

    BTW where is the “Herman Cain” search tag again? In SPITE of the finest Jon Stewart insults I WOULD DEARLY like to see the complete Federal Tax Code Or Obamacare for that matter reduced to the side of a box of Cereal! In the meantime I’ll satisfy myself re-reading the last 4 pages of

    Thaks, Kobe

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