Monday, January 26, 2009


In a speech, the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, countered criticism from party conservatives, like many in the House, who oppose compromise with Mr. Obama.

“Anyone who belittles cooperation resigns him or herself to a state of permanent legislative gridlock,” Mr. McConnell said. “And that is simply no longer acceptable to the American people.”
Really? How noble of you Mitch. Gridlock, you say? I thought gridlock had to do with a legislature divided roughly evenly between two parties. Compromise or not, his caucus doesn't even have the votes to create legislative gridlock if he wanted to. The Senate Republicans cannot even try to filibuster anything as long as Democrats get Lieberman or at least one other GOP senator to vote for cloture. The Democrats are one vote shy (if we count Lieberman as a 'maybe') of a supermajority.

Mitch, can you say "ir-re-le-vant"?

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