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  •  Because if he doesn't do anything to help Cruz... (5+ / 0-)
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    ...he could pay for it in the primary—particularly since 71% of teabaggers would prefer a government shutdown over an appropriations bill that doesn't strip ACA funding.

    McConnell is in an even tougher position than Boehner right now politically, given that Boehner is in a seat safe from any real challenges in the primary or the general.

    There really isn't a path out of this that doesn't really hurt McConnell's reelection campaign somehow—he's going to have to choose whether he wants to take the hit next February or next November. To put it in Kentucky terms, he's neck-deep in horse crap and he forgot his shovel.

    And it couldn't happen to someone more deserving, given that he was the one who said on the first day of Barack Obama's presidency that his chief political goal would be to make him a one-term president.

    It would be glorious irony if this episode causes this term to be the last one McConnell ever serves in the Senate.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 12:01:00 PM PDT

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    •  Or he can do nothing. (4+ / 0-)
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      and not give either side ammunition against him.  That's the safest thing to do, since regardless of what he does, Cruz's filibuster attempt is going to fail.  

      •  I don't think his doing nothing.... (0+ / 0-)

        ...will deny his opponents ammunition, particularly from the right.

        The Tea Party would rather have a government shutdown than a CR funding the ACA. Given that it's all but certain that the public will blame the GOP for a shutdown, this indicates that they either know that their ideological stance could hurt the GOP's electoral chances and don't give a damn, or are in their own world of epistemic closure and think all the polls are wrong.

        Given that, it's hard for McConnell to turn around and defend doing nothing to help Ted Cruz to the teabaggers as an act of political realism, since they've already said that ideology trumps realism (or reality itself) for them. And he's obviously not going to be able to do much to hurt Cruz's filibuster chances, at least not publicly.

        Meanwhile, Matt Bevin will be asking the teabaggers what value there is in having the Senate Minority Leader be a Kentuckian, if he's not actually going to stand up and lead as a Tea Party Senator he supposedly supports takes a big political risk to stand up for what the Tea Party believes in.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 12:33:37 PM PDT

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        •  James - he is trying to walk the middle ground (0+ / 0-)

          He can't oppose Cruz without significant political risk and hopes that by staying silent he can walk a tightrope. Viewing this purely from his political self interest, its probably McConnell's best play.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 02:41:45 PM PDT

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