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Schumer wasn’t spiking the football, he was flailing and panicking because his attempt to force elimination of the Senate filibuster was thwarted.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell just saved the Senate, and if it holds, America. What is being described as a “complete capitulation” and a “blink” by McConnell was nothing of the sort.
McConnell wants to keep the filibuster in tact, despite the problems it caused when Republicans controlled both the House and Senate when President Trump was in the White House. And he’s not alone in that desire, and this is the crucial piece that so many seem to miss: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-VA) does not want the filibuster eliminated. BUT, and this is the very real situation for McConnell, Manchin also did not want to be part of America defaulting . . . and was wavering on ditching the filibuster to make the debt ceiling provisions pass.
As we saw with the Reid rule, once something is allowed, it expands. McConnell is trying to save the Senate and by extension America by ensuring we do not have one-party rule. Manchin is on board, as long as there is no damage (i.e. a default), but if there is a clear and present danger of damage in the form of a default, Manchin would be more likely to cave. McConnell gave him room to breathe, to not make that difficult decision (for now).
You know who really understands McConnell’s move to preserve the Senate (and by extension our American republic)? Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer. McConnell gave the Senate Democrats opposed to abolishing the filibuster an out, and that enraged the majority leader.
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