Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) admitted in a Louisville Courier-Journal editorial which was published on Monday that his fight to keep the filibuster in place is all about maintaining his own disproportionate power.
To sum it up: McConnell went full Palpatine by declaring that he is the Senate.
First, McConnell accused Congressman John Yarmuth, a Kentucky Democrat, of betraying his state by throwing his support behind the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021 as well as proposals to grant statehood status to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico:
Then, there’s the $1.9 trillion partisan spending spree he calls COVID-19 relief. Less than 9% of the funds support the health care fight and 1% goes to vaccines. Yarmuth even admitted it was stuffed with waste. He must have forgotten the five historic and bipartisan rescue packages we passed last year that fueled over a million vaccinations in Kentucky so far. They lifted millions of workers and small businesses. Even today, they’re behind Kentucky’s two straight months of declining cases.
Next, McConnell suggested that Yarmouth is a coward for never having challenged him for his United States Senate seat:
Yarmuth also thinks he knows the Senate, even if he never had the gumption to challenge me. The Senate stands as a firewall against heated passions and short-term electoral changes. Rules like the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to advance most legislation, exist to block bad ideas from becoming law and to encourage bipartisan solutions. This design also stabilizes national policy from swinging with every shift of the political winds.
Perhaps that time has arrived?
McConnell then turned his attention to defending the arcane Senate filibuster, which he and the GOP have abused as a means of the minority thwarting the will of the majority, which was elected by a plurality of American voters (and which represents a significantly greater share of the population).
“The legislative filibuster is the essence of the Senate,” wrote McConnell before confessing that he views the filibuster as a personal political weapon.
“So while Yarmuth calls the filibuster a ‘minority veto,’ it’s really ‘Kentucky’s veto.’ The filibuster stops radical schemes like the Green New Deal and socialized health care that would devastate the Bluegrass. It protects Jeffersontown and Shively from being steamrolled by Brooklyn and San Francisco. Last year, the voters rehired me to use Kentucky’s veto and protect our values,” McConnell continued.
He added that his goal is to disenfranchise voters in densely-populated and economically productive states like New York and California.
“The 60-vote threshold is the only reason must-pass bills — like appropriations deals, defense authorizations, or farm bills — have any bipartisan buy-in when there isn’t divided government. It’s why, even with Democrats in the majority, I and therefore Kentucky get a big seat at the table. As the only congressional leader not from New York or California, I put Kentucky’s priorities front and center. If Yarmuth had his way, Speaker Pelosi would have a free pass to leave Middle America out in the cold,” said McConnell.
The difference that McConnell conveniently omitted is that Democrats advance policies that are supported by most of the American people. Republicans, on the other hand, are all about how to best serve multi-national corporate titans and extremely conservative religious organizations.
“Kentucky’s veto is all that stands between us and a march toward socialism,” Moscow Mitch concluded. “We must save the Senate firewall. Otherwise, the institution and our country would be thrown into chaos.”
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