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From the New York Times:
Democrats in the Senate hoping to pass nonbudget-related legislation in the lame-duck session were put on notice by their Republican colleagues Wednesday morning: No tax-cut extension? No laws for you!
In a letter signed by the 42 members of the Republican caucus, delivered to the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, and mentioned Wednesday on the Senate floor by the minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republicans informed their Democratic counterparts that they would not go forward with “any legislative item until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers.”
Over the last couple of days, I believe readers will agree, a theme has developed in David Limbaugh’s posts: Now that we in the hinterlands have given them new power, are these Republicans going to deliver, or what? David still has me worried about some of Eric Cantor’s recent comments about retaining the “good” parts of ObamaCare instead of repealing and replacing every last jot and tittle of that abomination. But after about 24 hours of saying gracious things about the need for Republicans and Democrats to work together, Mitch McConnell, joined by every last one of his Republican colleagues in the Senate, has now made clear they have no intention of permitting themselves to get rolled in this ludicrous lame-duck session.
Mitch McConnell, God bless ‘im. He may not be the ideal face of the GOP, looking, as used to be said of Calvin Coolidge, as if he was weaned on a pickle. But he’s smart, he’s utterly in command of the intricate rules of the Senate–and he means to win.
‘Tis the season, David Limbaugh, to be jolly.