Skip to comments.Mitch McConnell To Filibuster Gun Control
Posted on 04/09/2013 5:43:09 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to filibuster new gun control legislation, putting up a significant roadblock to Democratic efforts to move forward on the measure this week.
McConnell is now the 15th Senator to sign on to the Republican gun control filibuster, an effort that has been spearheaded by conservative Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
As the top Senate Republican, McConnell's support gives the filibuster a much higher chance of success, imperiling the already-delicate bipartisan negotiations on new gun control measures.
McConnell's promise to filibuster also deflates criticism from the more moderate wing of the GOP. During an appearance on CBS's Face The Nation Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) seemed bewildered by the idea of the filibuster, and called on Republicans to allow debate over the bill.
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He needs to tell the others where he found his balls. Maybe theirs are in the same location.
That is not the leadership I might have hoped for from our designated party "leader", but I'll take even late support for defending the Constitution peacefully. Paul, Cruz, and Lee all rank well above McConnell as patriotic leaders.
I am still “bewildered” that McCain was EVER the Republican nominee for president!!
Rand Paul made a lot of points with a lot of people during his recent filibuster. Even McConnell was smart enough to see that outcome...
Filibuster any gun control bill until the end of time.
You make a good suggestion.
Maybe Mitch could explain it to McCain who says he doesn’t understand. Although how any American cannot understand is beyond me.
It’s about time Republicans stopped hiding in their office closets and started bringing the fight to the idiot Democrats.
He is scared of a primary challenge now.
And yet... we made him our nominee!
The entire primary system is broken! two nominees in a row that shouldn't even have been given the time of day.
Could it be ole’ Goiter is growing a pair of cojones? Or just covering the spread?
If I were McConnell I’d be sending a message to the two Turncoats either quit conspiring with the enemies or your committee seats will disappear.
I hear ya......we have no party.
Same here, and even MORE bewildered he ever decided to take Sarah Palin on as vice president. Before that move literally no one ever heard of her before and look at her now.
(I doubt it -- whatever polls that the Democrats are relying on say, they don't measure the strength of support for the Second Amendment -- and turnout for rallies in support of the 2A even in the darkest blue states has been much larger than the gun-grabber rallies. I think Obama's focus on gun control is likely to increase voting by gun owners more than it increases voting by libs.)
Having Senate Minority Leader McConnell joining to support the filibuster suggests 1.) the Republican leadership is aware of their strategy and 2.) Obama might just fall flat on his face (again) with this.
My $0.05 ($0.02 with Obama-Bernanke's 24/7 money-printing inflation.)
What will Senator “Wacko Bird” McCain do now?
Some here may criticize the time it took him to join us, but I will assume that his position as minority leader required more time to assess the situation.
So what if Paul, the junior senator from his state of Kentucky, is outshining him on every issue. So what if his so-called leadership is a vacuum that has been filled by the Paul-Cruz-Lee trio of conservatism? McConnell has bigger issues to review.
So what if a basic Constitutional right is being challenged? All aspects have to be considered and it was good that McConnell took the time to do so.
If McConnell feels that he must lead from behind the initiative of others, then I welcome his decision to do so. Leaders shouldn't be expected to be innovative or aggressive. I'm glad that Mitch McConnell has decided that relevancy is not a trait of a leader and is willing to allow these newbie senators to exhibit their abilities to be Constitutional Statesmen and establish their own relevancy while they protect the American citizens from tyranny. Again, Mitch McConnell's support is welcomed!
That just means he's negotiating with the turd administration for a higher price for selling out.
We should rally round McConnell and thank him. We rage and rant when they fail, we should heartily praise when they do the right thing.
It won’t provide him cover, but it may make him rethink conservative support on other issues important to us.
Being Minority Leader often does mean leading from behind, as in herding...for example cats. Paul has really done a great and courageous job.
Let’s get McConnell back on our team by thanking him:
You can email him or call either DC or Kentucky to voice your approval.
Senator McConnell -
I have just learned that you promised to filibuster new gun control legislation.
Thank you! I welcome your leadership on this very important issue.
I wonder if mccain didn’t pick Palin so she could be held back. They were afraid of what she’d do after serving a few terms as governor. So they put her out early so she could be destroyed quicker.
It took a while, but even the RINOcrats will defend the Bill of Rights in a pinch!
Sorry, but I don’t buy the McConnell late conversion. I suspect that he’s pretending to oppose gun control in order to make a bigger impact when he sells out Paul, Cruz and the others and - once again - reaches a grand compromise with the Dems and RINOs. He’ll say it’s time for everyone to get on board and that any hold-out is being a divisive and obstructionist. He’ll throw the real conservatives under the bus to secure his leadership position. McConnell needs to go.
Sorry, but I dont buy the McConnell late conversion”
I don’t either. Never ever trust these fake GOP leaders. I’m sick to death of McJuan and Grahamnesty and what gang of - insert some phony # - and how they cozy up to the Dems. Upchuck Schumer and McJuan at the border last week - remember when Juan said “OK, we’ll secure the darn border”.
Call the other senators that we KNOW are on our side. Tell them you supported them with donations or some such. I called Ron Johnson, OUR Wisconsin Senator and he’s on board.
PS:VerySadAmerican - welcome to FR!!
Before we get all excited about Mitch unexpectedly growing cojones, let us remember that he up for reelection next year. It's about time he started running to the right.
What a shame we don't have term limits.
Yeh I’d love to see McStain call Mitchie the Kid a Wacko bird and survive. LOL!! He might still be in the Senate but his status committee assignments would be gone.
Great job, let’s herd these cats back to the Constitution.
I shouldn’t have left out Rand Paul, but I suspect you’ve already thanked him, no?
I liked Romney’s skill at promoting ideas and debate, and that won me over into a supporter.
But, I was worried about what he would do as president. I sure hope this next time we can get an actual conservative who also has those same skills I liked.
Because otherwise, most of the conservative candidates each time just don’t have those abilities.
Do I dare believe this will happen? I will wait and see....
Putting his finger in the air made his scrotum loosen up.
Why, yes, let’s.
Thanks, McConnell, for sticking your finger to the wind and being the 15th to (finally) hitch your wagon onto the side that’s sticking up for the Constitution and specially the 2nd Amend; which, in part, reads ‘shall no be infringed’.”
That’s a naive view of what a legislative leader does. We should be positive and reinforce his good behavior. We’re fast to criticize and we shouldn’t be slow to praise.
This is a good thing. Is it perfect? No, but it is a good thing.
Now, ask yourself, “Do I want more or less of this type of behavior?”
What harm is there in sincerely thanking him? This is a fight that we could have lost and could still lose. Do you really want more gun laws layered on top of the thousands that lay like a trap or minefield for lawful gun users?
I’ll believe he’s going to filibuster when I see it.
Excuse me if I don’t believe a word out of a RINO’s mouth. They’ve screwed us too many times.
His nuggets only come out when he’s running for re-election.
Given that McConnell spoke for a couple of minutes towards the end of Rand Paul's last filibuster on the domestic use of drones, I believe him.
As with last time, he does wait until the parade is already in progress and being well received before he decides to join it.
Still, there are worse things he could be doing. He could be going on MSNBC calling Sen Paul and his colleagues whacko birds.
I think he still needs to primaried, or, at the very least, taken out of the position of Senate leadership. But, this is probably not the time to beat him up. I'm sure he'll give us plenty of opportunities for that.
Either Business Insider has made a reporting error, or we've missed someone.
Yesterday we had the actual letter from Rand Paul and his colleagues stating their promise to filibuster. The letter had 13 Senators, including Paul. McConnell should make 14 unless someone's joined in the last 24 hours that we haven't heard about. If so, I'd like to know who it is so he/she can get fair recognition.
I will believe it when I see it.
Naive? What’s naive about expecting those in gov’t, who swore an Oath, to understand and defend the Constitution??
Better question is: Why the hell is XYZ still in office after 15+ years?!
There would be no harm in thanking ANYONE whom routinely showed and stayed the course. But I don’t congratulate those that ride the coat tails for their ‘bravery’.
Do I want more laws? HELL NO. I’m (L), I want as few as possible. But even I know your ‘benefit of a doubt’ in a party/leaders that have done NOTHING to roll back ONE (UNCONSTITUTIONAL) law/reg/etc. is misplaced.
There should be NO time wasted in choosing to champion Rights nor FREEDOM. That buffoon can’t articulate reason ONE why it should not even be brought up in the Senate.
This is a good indicator of which way the wind is blowing according to the RNCs own internals. Now that the parade has formed, Sen McConnell wants to get in front of it as it passes by him. That’s okay, we’ll take all the support we can get for the heavy lifters, like Sen Paul and Sen Cruz.
It would also be hysterical to see Sen John McCrazy call the Senate minority leader a whacko bird.
” He is scared of a primary challenge now.”
I don’t think that would help. I’m starting to think maybe Mitch McConnell was under blackmail by Obama using information Obama stole by Bugging McConnell’s office.
Now that we know about the Bugs if Obama plays his cards we will also know who did it, and that will defiantly be grounds for Impeachment by the house at least.
At least that is what I am hoping is going on.
As they say.....
A democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb sitting down to decide “What’s for dinner?”
A Republic is 2 wolves and a well armed lamb sitting down to decide “What’s for dinner?”
Let’s see how many Republicans follow McConnell’s lead, he is after all the minority leader........
There’s reports someone secretly taped a meeting of his staff in which they were discussing (article says “attacking”) Ashley Judd. I think they were discussing her religious views and mental health issues.
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