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Happy Friday, Widdershins.

We have just survived Week One of Total Republican Congressional Domination.  Newly minted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, flushed with the mojo of his party’s success with the economic recovery that it had little or naught to do with, now simply cannot wait for the Prez to get with the program so that they can get things cleaned up even further.

McConnell states that “step one” is to convince the American public that Washington can work again, and this means fixing the Senate.  He plans to use legislation approving the Keystone Pipeline as the beginning of his Grand Old Plan to get things moving and make us whole again.  Per the Christian Science Monitor,

The Kentuckian says he wants to use a bipartisan bill that approves the Keystone pipeline to prove that the Senate can return to being a chamber of open debate – one in which both parties have an opportunity to offer amendments; where committees, rather than party leadership, craft legislation; and where priorities are hammered out through the regular budgeting process, all while avoiding a government shutdown.

The ultimate goal is to restore the Senate to its “high purpose,” as Senator McConnell put it, where Republicans and Democrats can work through the big – and more likely, the small – issues of the day.

Ah, yes.  The “high purpose” of the Senate, where a band of brethren and sistren spar politely but firmly, yet never forgetting the comity expected of gentle ladies and gentle men.   Am I missing something here?  Can this really be the same Mitch McConnell that brought the work of the Republic to a screeching halt for the past six years?  Indeed it is, but here’s the difference:  He seems to honestly think that all of the Dems have forgotten everything that he did to make their lives miserable, and he has reached way back into his early political career when he was able to build coalitions with some Kentucky Blue Dogs in hopes of serving up a model for success.  Ah, yes.  Back in the day when McConnell was a moderate pro-choice Republican who promised (but welched) union rights he might have stood a shot.

I have no doubt that McConnell could maybe  – just maybe- pull off a veto-proof bill if he had a Senate full of Blue Dogs, but he does not.  Both his message and his tone have veered sharply to the right since the good ol’ days, so Democratic alliances of any stripe promise to be precious and few.  He has therefore graciously permitted debate and amendments, but there is mumbling amongst the Democratic ranks.  Members state that there have already been procedural violations, and so the amendments spin on. To this end,  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is my new hero.  He attached the following amendment to the Keystone Bill, and is forcing a vote on the entire package:

 “It is the sense of Congress that Congress is in agreement with the opinion of virtually the entire worldwide scientific community that—

(1) climate change is real;

(2) climate change is caused by human activities;

(3) climate change has already caused devastating problems in the United States and around the world;

(4) a brief window of opportunity exists before the United States and the entire planet suffer irreparable harm; and

(5) it is imperative that the United States transform its energy system away from fossil fuels and toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy as rapidly as possible.”

So, if you vote to pass KP, you state unequivocally that climate change is real.  Talk about a shale rock and a hard place, huh?  Kudos, Bernie!  Time to link arms with the Repubs and try for a little harmonious engagement, or maybe just a little harmony.

This is an open thread.  As for myself, I will dream – and dream big – that the 2016 election sets this mess to rights.  It’s only two more years – WTH!

 


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