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Saturday, October 22, 2016

MORNING LOL: Ted Cruz Could End Mitch McConnell’s Career With One Endorsement

MORNING LOL: Ted Cruz Could End Mitch McConnell’s Career With One Endorsement

Get this. Now that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has a primary challenger, he won’t be compromising so much.

Is it possible for the man who made limiting President Obama to one term his main goal and helped set the record for filibusters to compromise less?

“We’re going to see McConnell in the same mode that he’s been in for the past year — only more so now that he has a primary challenger — which is being very, very careful of being perceived as someone who’s accommodating the other side or making compromises, because the best thing to do in a Republican primary is to vote ‘no,’” said former Republican congressional aide Ron Bonjean told Bloomberg.

McConnell is effectively no longer the Senate minority leader. That job now belongs to either Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who engineered a compromise on the president’s executive appointments last week, or Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who will decide if McConnell survives his primary.

The senior senator from Kentucky has spent the last two years courting Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), after the junior senator beat McConnell’s candidate in a primary. McConnell hired Paul’s campaign manager and has been preparing for this primary since. This has probably limited the chances that the libertarian-leaning ophthalmologist will endorse McConnell’s opponent, Matthew Bevins.

If the minority leader can keep Ted Cruz from endorsing, his chances of survival rise infinitely. And if Cruz endorses Bevins, McConnell might as well get an Obama tattoo — he’s done.

This means you should count on McConnell going along with Cruz’s comic demands to defund Obamacare in exchange for a deal to keep the government operating.

Get ready to hear everyone calling each other “RINO!” (Republican In Name Only). This is race that will pit Tea Partiers against Tea Partiers.

“We see him a lot in the same vein as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz,” Scott Hofstra, spokesman for the United Kentucky Tea Party said about Bevins. “If he decides to get into the race, we will support him wholeheartedly.”

However, the leader of Tea Party Nation has said, “Fighting McConnell is not a fight to have.”

Other points:

National Journal‘s Ron Fournier looks at Detroit’s mess and sees a warning for the nation. He misses part of the problem, though, that is also a national problem: anti-tax folks are so eager to protect the rich from paying that they’ve made it difficult to fund the city.

Why do we waste $8 billion a year giving tax breaks on second homes? Congresspeople tend to have second homes.

Republicans. Lying to make Obamacare look bad when the truth is it’s lowering rates — even before subsidies kick in. But some Republicans are recognizing that playing games with their constituents’ health care is a bad bet. Because we all know they want the money for their districts/states.

Inequality’s relationship to geography is visually striking.

People’s views on the Zimmerman trial align with the 2012 election.

Libertarian populism is “viable.” All Republicans have to do is campaign against “trickle-down government” — as Romney and Ryan did — and give up on tax breaks for the rich — HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA.

Do you have a second home? What’s on your mind?

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  • docb

    Wow, that would be the ONLY THING joe maccarthy cruz has done for the good of the people!

    Go for it , wide load cruz!

  • charleo1

    My Great Grandmother used to say, “If you don’t have something nice to say,
    then it’s best if you say nothing at all.” So, I’ve been trying to think of something
    nice to say about Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner. Because, it’s looking
    more likely than ever, the T-Party is going to put a cap on both their careers.

    I guess one nice thing about both these men, is they have found a way for the
    Congress to act when it absolutely had to for the good of the Country. And that
    no doubt, will be a big factor in their ejection from their offices, and leadership
    positions by the T-Party. It’s true, McConnell did not endorse Rand Paul, and we
    can assume his fears about the T-Party were even more borne out, as he
    watched friends, and colleagues alike decide to retire, or fall in primaries, to the
    T-Party. Like, Richard Lugar, and others. As the Mike Lees, and Ted Cruzes, that
    had won by claiming government was corrupt, ineffective, and dysfunctional, came
    to Washington, and have done to everything possible, to make it so. Or,at least appear so. To the delight of their supporters back in their respective, home States. So the T-Party it will be, for the GOP! We can bet both men will play out the hands they’ve been been dealt to the end. As John Boehner promised, more symbolic votes, and goose eggs will be on the menu throughout his term as Speaker of the
    T-Party’s hornet’s nest at the heart of the Federal Government. The House did
    pass one bill I believe will become very important this fall, around the start of the
    Holiday shopping season. The bill promised not to increase the debt limit, until
    both chambers agreed on, and signed a budget. Which they insist will defund
    ObamaCare. So, it’s clear the T-Party wants this economy frightening fight, at a
    very opportune time. McConnell, who played a vital role in averting the crisis that
    cost the economy 18 billion in the summer of 2011. Would now be involved with
    a very tough primary battle with a T-Party candidate, just like the ones that have
    ended so many of his counterparts over the past 3 years. So, do have a nice
    summer. We may be getting ready to have one hellava fall.

    • idamag

      How about, “Nice tie?”

      • charleo1

        Nice tie’s nice!

  • midway54

    We will undoubtedly hear more than we like from Joseph R. McCruz, whose staggering and thoroughly disgusting ego has him obviously vying for the presidency after having been sworn into office just this past January. I suspect that he is highly confident that his masters in the plutocracy will financially back him to the fullest extent irrespective of whatever he does and says (recall that he has already reported the presence of some communists on the Harvard law faculty a la Joe McCarthy, who was himself an irresponsible egomaniac). Texas almost daily in news reports demonstrates that it is indeed the Loon Star State. For more evidence, one need only look at the Senate and House sessions on C-span and listen to the ranting by the members of the Texas caucus.

  • Lynda Groom

    What strange times we are witnessing when Ted Cruz can be considered a possible power broker. Fasten your seatbelts as we are in for a bumpy ride.