It Is As I Feared
We should be quick to praise and slow to anger. I know I frequently go to DEFCON1 quicker than many others, though they eventually get there. I try to be quick to praise too.And so it was today that I and others praised Mitch McConnell for signing on as a co-sponsor to Cut, Cap, and Balance.In my praise, I wrote, ” I can only hope that he will, now signed on, aggressively push CCB and not be a supporter in name only.”I write this because I remember in TARP and in the Obamacare fight and in several other fights, McConnell signed on to conservative proposals only to work behind the scenes to advance other agendas that undercut conservatives. TARP got passed and the Senate GOP never used the full force of Senate rules to block Obamacare. Those aren’t the only two times.And so as the sun is setting today, I learn from multiple Hill sources and now media reports that after McConnell sent out notice that he was signing on to Cut, Cap, and Balance, he began making door to door visits throughout the Senate lining up support for the Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011 — his plan to allow Barack Obama to raise the debt limit by $2 trillion.What’s more, McConnell has enlisted the help of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to line up Democrat votes for the plan. Meanwhile, Speaker Boehner is saying the McConnell plan is a viable option.Conservatives are, yet again, getting outmanuvered and will require strong support of freshman House Republicans and Senate conservatives to block this deal.As I said weeks ago regarding the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge — if the sponsors of the pledge are not willing to pledge scorched earth to defeat those who raise the debt ceiling without cutting, capping, and balancing the budget, they might as well hang it up.And it is looking like they might have to unless they finally decide to fight.Again and again I have to say it — hold the freaking line.