The Conservative Blogger Reaction To Mitch McConnell’s Debt Limit Plan

The Conservative Blogger Reaction To Mitch McConnell’s Debt Limit Plan

Some of the establishment Republicans seem to be warm to Mitch McConnell’s utter capitulation on the debt limit, but the reaction from the right side of the blogosphere was predictably savage. The following comments give you a pretty good idea of the sort of comments McConnell’s “plan” was drawing from the Rightroots.

I mentioned in a comment that McConnell had a similar scheme back in December 2009 as we were voting on ObamaCare. We could have forced the Democrats to remain in session through the holidays; instead, McConnell agreed to let them recess and come back, in exchange for a supposedly prominent vote on the 2010 debt ceiling hike.

Yeah, that wasn’t as prominent as planned, was it? No one reported on it and it resulted in zero political benefit.

Plus, the media would have a reason to downplay these later votes that are supposed to be so “brutal” for the Democrats. They would claim the Republicans caved early and set up a rubber-stamp formality for the later votes, so the later votes are unimportant. And they’d have a point.

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No deal. — Ace, Ace of Spades HQ

Mitch McConnell’s latest maneuver…would give President Obama new power to automatically increase the federal debt limit. It’s a convoluted way of abandoning the fight for fiscal sanity altogether and leaving the mess in the Democrats’ enhanced control.

No, really.

…We exasperated grass-roots conservatives don’t call the GOP the Stupid Party for nothing.
Three letters come to mind: W.T.F.?!! — Michelle Malkin

Mitch McConnell Just Proposed the “Pontius Pilate Pass the Buck Act of 2011?

Mitch McConnell is right now talking about making a historic capitulation. So fearful of being blamed for a default, McConnell is proposing a compromise that lets Barack Obama raise the debt ceiling without making any spending cuts at all.

Consider sending McConnell a weasel as testament to his treachery. His address is 601 W. Broadway, Room 630, Louisville, KY 40202 and the phone number is (502) 582-6304. — Erick Erickson, Redstate

You can read down into the details of McConnell’s plan to avoid voting to raise the debt ceiling via Philip Klein. Once again, steeped in Beltway politics, the GOP has out thought itself and will be a loser on this one, while fooling themselves into believing they’ve actually won something.

To them, three meaningless dog and pony shows in stages running into election 2012 is a win because Obama, not the Congress, will be raising the debt limit. Nonsense. What they will be doing is abrogating their responsibility and playing politics, to boot.

…What it tells us is the establisment GOP is run by a bunch of losers. Today’s GOP is worse than useless, it’s an enabler and a willing partner of the Democrats in Big Government Washington that voters threw out in droves as recently as 2010. The GOP has all but squandered any momentum they might have enjoyed from last year. By 2012, voters will be throwing some of them out, too.

And they will deserve it. — Riehl World View

Never underestimate the Republican Party’s capacity for stupidity, particularly amongst its leadership. No matter how strong their hand is, instinctually they lean towards doing exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time and they have legions of political insiders, consultants, and aides who assure them that they’re geniuses…

…McConnell’s plan is to give away all the Republican Party’s real leverage and allow Obama to raise the debt limit for $2.4 trillion so the GOP can use it as a campaign issue.

Sadly, this is typical D.C. insider thinking. “Sure, our base will hate it and it’s terrible for the country, but technically we can claim we care more about reducing the deficit, even though we’re doing nothing about it, and that should give us a political advantage.”

What these idiots don’t seem to realize is that they weren’t put in power to play political games; they were put in office to fix problems. — John Hawkins, Right Wing News

If this story is even partially accurate, then Mitch McConnell should be removed from his position in the Senate immediately. I don’t care what the rules are for the GOP caucus. He needs to be removed, post-haste.

…Granted, McConnell cuts quite the handsome figure on the Beltway cocktail circuit. And he’s so eloquent, debonair and articulate.

Sarc off. Enough is enough. If this story is legit, McConnell must go. Now. — Doug Ross

Shortly after Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his “contingency” plan for a debt limit increase, the Associated Press bulletin read: “GOP Leader McConnell proposes giving Obama new power for automatic debt limit increase.”

It’s surely not the headline McConnell wanted, but unlike much of the media coverage of the debt fight, it’s accurate. And that’s a problem.

…As one Republican skeptical of the McConnell plan put it: “If we give up three weeks early just because the president said ‘Social Security checks,’ (which we all knew was coming six months ago), why did voters elect us in the first place? New GOP slogan: ‘Fighting for limited government is too hard, but if you keep electing us, we’ll keep promising to really, truly, finally fight for limited government when we control all three branches with big majorities.’”

“Oh wait, that was the old slogan.” — Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard

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