‘A Moment in Senate History’

Just not a good moment. The Senate reached the height of dysfunction today when Minority Leader Mitch McConnell filibustered his own bill.

Teddy Partridge on FDL:

Today, the United States Senate hit a new low. This morning, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced a bill to reform the debt limit charade so that the president could spend money authorized and appropriated by Congress as long as the Congress didn’t vote by two-thirds to prohibit him from borrowing the money necessary to conduct United States operations at home and abroad. This would eliminate the absurdity — and economic damage — done last summer when the Congress held the debt limit hostage in budget negotiations.

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Majority Leader then decided to let the bill come to a vote this afternoon. To which Senator McConnell objected, calling for a 60-vote threshold to pass the bill.

He filibustered his own bill.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) asked the parliamentarian to determine if this has ever happened before, but it couldn’t happen at a better time as the Senate prepares to reform (or eliminate!) the filibuster. This craziness, as demonstrated by McConnell’s absurd pretzel logic on the floor today, must end.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on December 6, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    Whiplash indeed!

    This should give McConnell what most of us feel when we do something REALLY STUPID. It’s called “that sinking feeling”. We’ve all experienced it, but I wonder if McConnell is even capable of it.

    We’ve seen Karl Rove, Dick Armey and Dick Morris humiliated this week by their own. Maybe we just saw another one bite the dust.

  2. #2 by cav on December 6, 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Plummet, bitches. Encounter that reality as though you’ve just gone off some cliff.

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