Mitch McConnell is already making plans for after Republicans take over the Senate, and his top priority is to get Obama to give him what he wants or he will shutdown the government.
McConnell was upfront with Politico about his plans,
Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies, or veto them and risk a government shutdown.
In an extensive interview, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to “move to the center” if he wants to get any new legislation through Congress.
Republicans tried to play this game with President Obama last year, and it nearly destroyed their party. McConnell is clinging to the idea that the president will cave, but Obama has no reason to give Republicans anything. He will be closing in on the end of his term by the time Republicans would take over the Senate in January 2015.
A prolonged government shutdown in 2015 or 2016 would be a disaster for the Republican Party. Obama will not be blamed for a government shutdown. Republicans will take the heat, and the damage would intense if they pursued this tactic in the middle of a presidential campaign.
A shutdown would also help likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton because it would hand her the argument for why she must be elected president, and Democrats need to take over Congress.
It takes a great deal of hubris for McConnell to be planning how he is going to shutdown Obama for the next two years, while he is the middle of a reelection campaign that he could easily lose.
McConnell is completely clueless. He continues to obsess over President Obama while ignoring the voters in Kentucky. Mitch McConnell demonstrated why Republicans should not be given control of the Senate, and why he deserves to lose his seat this November.
The easiest way to solve all of these problems is for Kentucky voters to retire Mitch McConnell.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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