Mitch McConnell just doesn’t get that his party lost the 2020 election and the GOP now has next to zero say so about what takes place in the U.S. Senate.
On Thursday, McConnell issued an ultimatum to new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY): Unless Democrats agree not to eliminate the filibuster, he would personally make sure that the Organizing Resolution that would formally hand control of the Senate to Democrats was delayed indefinitely via (ironically) a filibuster of his own.
In other words, McConnell was ready to hold the entire Senate hostage until he got what he wanted, even though he’s now irrelevant and powerless.
But Schumer didn’t blink, announcing in a speech on the floor of the Senate:
Schumer didn’t just say no, he said HELL NO! And that alone proves that Democrats are ready to play the same legislative hardball as their GOP counterparts.
McConnell’s remarks infuriated Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who noted:
“Chuck Schumer is the majority leader and he should be treated like majority leader. We can get shit done around here and we ought to be focused on getting stuff done. If we don’t, the inmates are going to be running this ship.”
Maybe McConnell cannot accept the fact that he’s no longer in charge when it comes to the Senate. Or maybe he thinks Democrats didn’t learn anything from his own devious actions over the past four years.
But Democrats did learn what it takes to govern, especially in the Senate, and they’re not about to play nice with McConnell or his party.
Elections have consequences. McConnell’s party lost, and the consequence of that is that they have to sit down and shut up when told to by the Democrats.
Sorry, Mitch, but you are so very yesterday.