McConnell’s Debt Ceiling Double Game

Monday, January 27th, 2014 and is filed under Debt, Elections

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When we endorsed Matt Bevin against Senator Mitch McConnell, we noted the following about Mitch’s double game:

For years, McConnell has been undermining conservatives in the Senate, even as he evinces the image of a conservative warrior to his constituents.  Whenever there is a low-hanging political issue to hit, McConnell is eager to run before a microphone and feign outrage, even when he can’t contribute anything more to the debate.  But when some of the most consequential odious pieces of legislation come before the Senate, he is silent or quietly pushing for it.

We see this play out every time we approach a debt ceiling.  Before the confrontation is upon us, McConnell strikes a hardline tone and demands spending cuts in return for a debt ceiling increase.  Then when we get closer to the deadline, McConnell begins echoing the false notion of default on debt and sells us out.

Watch for a replay in February.

McConnell was on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and was called out for the first time on this double game:

WALLACE: After the government shutdown in October, which Republicans took the hit for, you were quoted as saying, “We are not going to threaten default again by attaching conditions.” But more recently, you said you don’t think there’s any chance that a clean, without any condition debt bill could get through the Senate.

So, which is it?

McConnell never really answered the question and just proceeded to mutter something about getting something in return.

As we all know, McConnell can’t answer the question.  Once GOP politicians like McConnell state unequivocally that they will never “default on the debt,” they lost the argument.  The cat is out of the bag.  Democrats will never have any incentive to negotiate on a balanced budget or Obamacare as long as Republicans show their hand and declare that they will give in.

So, do you want McConnell negotiating for you?