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April 09, 2013 10:18 AM What’s Mitch Up To?

By Ed Kilgore

On those occasions when I wonder what’s going on in the devious mind of Mitch McConnell, I’m reminded of the movie Being John Malkovich. No telling what snakes writhe in that brainpan.

That occurs to me today upon the news that McConnell has joined his junior colleague from the Bluegrass State in a pledge to filibuster any impending move by Harry Reid to bring gun legislation to the Senate floor.

As Greg Sargent points out this morning, however, the filibuster threat is keyed to the package Reid is currently brandishing, not some new “compromise” version like the one that is reportedly being worked out by the Senators from Deer Hunter country, Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey. So it’s entirely possible that Mitch will get credit among Second Amendment absolutists for Standing With Rand on a filibuster and then take credit for successful, if watery, legislation, which in any event could well expire in the House.

This is the kind of thing that passes for legislative genius in the Senate these days.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • Josef K on April 09, 2013 10:30 AM:

    This is the kind of thing that passes for legislative genius in the Senate these days.

    The funeral dirge of American governance.

  • c u n d gulag on April 09, 2013 10:34 AM:

    If Mitch "Yertle, The Anti-gay Gay Turtle" McConnell had been in the US Senate in the late 1950's, he'd have been cleaned out in a card game by the then Senate Majority leader, and discovered himself sitting out on the street, homeless, naked, and broke, while LBJ was off showing Mrs. Turtle how they do 'The Horizontal Lambada,' Texas-style!

    Instead, he's got Harry Reid, stomping his little feet in a pique of anger and frustration.

    Harry keeps hoping that handing out salted nuts as treats will entice the Blue Dogs into going along with him, LBJ would have grabbed them by theirs, until they did.
    And he'd have figured out a way to handle the women Senator's too, without so much as a peep of sexual harassment.

    'Ah, but these are not the old days, Jungle Man.'

    Now, in the US Senate, the minority RULES! - as long as it's a Republican minority.

  • sjw on April 09, 2013 10:50 AM:

    Mitch is dancing around Harry and giving him the finger. Harry used to be a boxer, but it's hard to imagine that nowadays; instead he seems like the 98-pound weakling.

  • MuddyLee on April 09, 2013 10:51 AM:

    McConnell - what a great American. Check out the Mother Jones article on the "opposition research" meeting Mitch had with his team concerning how to attack Ashley Judd (her mental health and her religious beliefs). Disgusting, especially in light of Mitch's recent complaints that his wife had been attacked because she was born in "another country".

  • Celui on April 09, 2013 10:59 AM:

    Once again we see in bright light the crux of our current governance problem: we're doing what we want to do in order to get re-elected. Plain and simple. Political expedience couched in culture-war rhetoric. Disgusting. And, I do agree with gulag: LBJ would have had a "meaningful back-room discussion" with Mitch. The result would have been pleasing to Lady Bird's man.

  • Anonymous on April 09, 2013 1:49 PM:

    "On those occasions when I wonder whatís going on in the devious mind of Mitch McConnell, Iím reminded of the movie Being John Malkovich. No telling what snakes writhe in that brainpan."

    The snakes are smarting for that association.

    But it fits as far as Big Mitch is concerned.

    He works for those who proudly proclaim "I am not an American Company" even as they get big subsidies from the American Treasury.