We fight get beaten rise up and fight again
General Nathanael Greene
Yesterday amid much fanfare and at least one odd moment the House and Senate passed both an increase to the debt limit and re-opened government.
There is no way to paint this as something other than a defeat in the end, but the final bill and votes perfectly illustrated why the fight was not only worth having but VITAL.
One of the things the Tea Party has fought against was earmarks and unnecessary government spending. Even worse to the Tea Party is the idea that last minute sweetheart deals would be made to buy votes. The Cornhusker Kickback being the best example of this.
“Cornhusker Kickback: The Federal Government will now fund Nebraska’s new Medicaid recipients forever . . . yes folks, forever!!” McCain chortled on his Twitter page.
Another Senator who objected to a special deal at the time was Mitch McConnell:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, ridiculed Democratic efforts to placate Nelson as a “kind of smelly proposition,”
It would appear that 5 years later Mitch McConnell’s sensitivity to bad odors has decreased a bit;
A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.
Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Ky., from $775 million to nearly $2.9 billion.
So Mitch McConnell wasn’t willing to fight or try to make a deal for the various house bills that Harry Reid kept from the Senate floor wasn’t willing to fight with Ted Cruz to hold back Obamacare but when the chips were down he was perfectly willing to take 2+ Billion dollars to make a deal with Harry Reid. A bill he could not pass otherwise.
This is business as usual and this is why the Tea Party exists.
The second example came in the two votes.
During his marathon speech on the floor Ted Cruz lamented phony votes, where votes were made for show to brag about to the voters while the actual votes, the votes that mean something for passage are quietly looking the other way.
There were two votes in the senate last night, the first was cloture, 60 votes were needed to pass. Here are the people who voted against cloture:
16 GOP votes. Now lets look at the vote for final passage where 51 votes were needed
Two extra votes. Tom Colburn of Oklahoma and Tim Scott of South Carolina, when it meant nothing decided to vote against the final bill. I’m sure during their next campaign they will tout that vote as standing with the Tea Party, in fact one of them isn’t waiting that long:
Just voted "no" on raising the debt ceiling. My statement here: http://t.co/w4aTcgrWEz
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) October 17, 2013
At least there are still a few men like @SenatorTimScott left in this world!
— Andrew Wilkow (@WilkowMajority) October 17, 2013
It’s bad enough that you have a senator playing games with his vote, it’s even worse when directly after they do so they use social media to boast of their bravery.
Oh and don’t think for one moment Paul Ryan vote last night was not for show.
Some might ask if this is worth fighting against. It’s not only worthwhile and honorable to fight against it necessary if you are going to actually have government that is actually representative.
Update: There’s more