January 26, 2022

Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy Have One Mind and No Coronary heart Between Them

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Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer started talking to each other a couple of weeks in the past.

It started with a confab in Schumer’s automobile and continued lengthy sufficient for McConnell to clear the best way for Democrats to lift the debt ceiling Thursday afternoon. This follows on McConnell killing a serious threat final Friday by two Senators to close down the federal government except Biden withdrew his vaccine mandates. The Old Crow, as Trump derides him, delivered 13 votes for infrastructure, to offer his 2022 candidates ribbon-cutting alternatives but additionally as a result of it was the fitting factor to do for the nation’s falling down bridges and roads.

It shouldn’t be information that the Senate Minority Chief talked to Schumer—Bob Dole talked to Tom Daschle on a regular basis–however one-on-one in in the present day’s poisonous environment is as uncommon as a complete eclipse of the solar. The 2 are by no means going to throw again Kentucky bourbons on the Majority Chief’s balcony, however slipping off collectively as an alternative of speaking via aides and the press is a begin.

There’s little probability of an identical thaw within the Home. The warfare between Home Minority “Chief” Kevin McCarthy and Speaker Nancy Pelosi stays scorching.

From his everlasting place on Donald Trump’s lap, Kevin McCarthy remained strenuously against lifting the debt ceiling and in favor of a authorities shutdown and reminded McConnell of his prior vow to by no means, ever assist these truffle-eating, large spending Democrats. Trump, who collected the biggest deficit in historical past when he was president, piled on from Mar a Lago, slamming McConnell for giving up the “debt ceiling card” for “nothing.” Nothing? We don’t know precisely what would occur to the occasion perceived to expire on the verify for years of four-star meals, however McConnell shouldn’t be dumb sufficient to search out out.

Since neither McConnell nor McCarthy has a beating coronary heart, and just one has a mind, it’s onerous to inform how a lot the congressional leaders don’t like one another. It’s a part of McCarthy’s repertoire to smell at elitists, and what’s the Senate if not the “higher” chamber. To the stoic McConnell, 79, McCarthy, 56, is a whippersnapper who labored within the district workplace of a Bakersfield congressman when McConnell was swiftly ascending the slippery pole to Majority Chief. Each of them are Irish, which might’t assist.

Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy after their assembly with President Joe Biden and Democratic congressional leaders in Might.

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McCarthy as soon as mentioned the quiet half out loud, to Sean Hannity on Fox Information after all, about how, “All people thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable,” till “we put collectively a Benghazi particular committee.”

That was in 2015, when McConnell, requested about McCarthy then operating to exchange John Boehner, mentioned, “I’m not going to offer any recommendation to the Home… about their numerous management questions. Often, they like to offer us recommendation.” Mic drop. McCarthy abruptly withdrew from the Speaker’s race that Paul Ryan went on to win.

It’s no shock then that the pair are by no means going to placed on Washington Nationals jerseys after a tough day legislating and go off to the ballpark. However it’s worse than that..McCarthy is such a captive of Trump, on strict orders from Mar a Lago to oppose something the illegitimate president is for, everybody is aware of he’s not his personal man, ceaselessly the substitute trainer together with his expenses operating wild. When Lauren Boebert despatched out a copycat Christmas card, mimicking that of Rep. Thomas Massie who decked out his household with assault weapons and requested Santa for “extra ammo,” McCarthy could not have been amused however he was quiet, although the Yuletide missives got here solely days after 4 youngsters have been killed in a faculty taking pictures.

Trump’s fury with the Previous Crow retains rising but McConnell stands his floor as he sees match. McCarthy quivers in his boots if Trump wrinkles his forehead, whilst the previous president primaries his incumbents anyway. He’s deluded if he thinks Trump will help him for Speaker, except it seems to be in his curiosity, irrespective of how a lot he indulges the antics of Trump’s MAGA squad in his caucus.

Boebert has but to be disciplined for half-joking that she wasn’t afraid to share an elevator with Rep. Ilhan Omar so long as she wasn’t sporting a backpack. Into the deafening silence from management got here conservative Rep. Nancy Mace asking everybody to “decrease the temperature.” Simply that was sufficient to ignite the perpetually half lit fuse of Marjorie Taylor Greene who referred to as Mace “trash” and informed her to go grasp with the “Jihad Squad.” And we expect Instagram is full of mean girls.

As a lot as McCarthy coddled his most servile flunky, Devin Nunes, making one of many least clever members the rating member on the Intelligence Committee, Nunes is leaving Congress for the greener pastures. As a substitute of being paid by the taxpayer to hold water for Trump, he’ll do it straight by operating Trump’s new media firm. Had been Don Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle not accessible, or Elizabeth Holmes? Nunes would possibly need to verify with Rudy about getting paid, and with the feuding Lin Wooden and Sidney Powell about how one can take care of the SEC investigation into the SPAC Trump merged with that raised almost $300 million in a couple of weeks.

Not less than McCarthy will all the time have his pal and one-time Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows, except he has to drop him beneath orders from a vengeful Trump. Attempting to briefly stall the Jan. 6 committee, Trump’s final and least chief of workers turned over hundreds of paperwork, many smoking weapons amongst them, together with one which got here out Thursday proposing to overturn the election by declaring “a NatSec emergency and have VP Pence delay Biden’s certification” and one other ”to declare all digital voting invalid.”

Earlier than this, Trump was livid together with his former chief of workers for his new e-book revealing that Trump examined constructive for COVID two days earlier than his first debate with Biden and per week earlier than he was hospitalized, with sufficient time in between to reveal as many as 500 individuals as he threw quite a few events, together with one for brand new Justice Amy Coney Barrett (which can be the place Chris Christie was contaminated) and one other for Gold Star households he then claimed might need contaminated him.

To crawl again into Trump’s good graces, Meadows mentioned his personal e-book was “pretend information’ after which reneged on his settlement to testify earlier than the Jan. 6 committee and now faces a contempt vote Monday and doable jail time, with out the potential of a pardon. Another federal court ruling Thursday that Trump had no standing to maintain his White Home information secret renders a go well with Meadows filed difficult the committee much more ludicrous.

It’s onerous to imagine that lots of of grown-ups surrender their lunch cash to a bully with no battle. In actuality, Trump is powerless apart from what the occasion arms him. He simply lured former Senator and alleged inside dealer David Perdue into difficult the reelection marketing campaign of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, after Perdue mentioned, doubtless beneath orders from Mar a Lago, that he would have refused to certify Georgia’s election returns in contrast to that quisling Kemp. The upshot stands out as the election of the Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Trump’s felony presidency introduced out all of the monsters lurking within the Republican occasion since Newt Gingrich gleefully welcomed the Tea Occasion, turned governing into bloodsport, and greased the skids for Trump’s rise. Quick ahead to the present Republican Congress resisting two federal voting rights payments wanted to counteract greater than a dozen state legislatures working furiously to make sure the subsequent time Trump falsely claims victory, he has partisan hacks in workplace able to again him up. Not like when Brad Raffensperger and different stalwarts who stood as much as Trump, there might be operators standing by in 2024 to take Trump’s name to search out these 11,870 votes.

Who counts the vote is the very first thing to go in authoritarian international locations, ones the place we used to observe elections for integrity. What’s subsequent, calling out the navy and holding a brand new election if, at first, you don’t prevail? Trump and Gen. Michael Flynn already entertained that.

It’s no thriller why we’re not ranked among the many high 30 democracies on the earth. We’re being led by officers who worry {that a} defeated, impaired, and ruthless man would possibly say one thing nasty about them. That’s why McConnell talking to the opposition and “caving” on the debt ceiling, as Trump noticed it, is critical. Not like McCarthy, he’s not so afraid anymore.

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