Mitch McConnell and the deficit commission

“No single vote by any single senator could possibly illustrate everything that is wrong with Washington today. No single vote could embody the full cynicism and cowardice of our political elite at its worst, or explain by itself why problems do not get solved.

But here’s one that comes close.”

Fred Hiatt, describing Mitch McConnell’s decision to filibuster a deficit commission that he’d been very vocal about supporting.  He decided he was against such a commission after Obama back the proposal and it became clear the bill would pass the senate.  Six of the seven Republican co-sponsors of the bill also withdrew their co-sponsorships and joined the filibuster, including John McCain.

Also: James Fallows and Bruce Bartlett on the state of the GOP.


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