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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may have made United States senate history today when he beat his own legislative baloney, blocking a straight up-or-down vote on a proposal that he, himself, offered for a vote Thursday morning. The bill, which would have taken the debt ceiling gun away from the head of the U.S. economy by requiring a two-thirds majority to override a presidential increase to the debt ceiling, was McConnell’s idea, but when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agreed with McConnell’s request for a vote on the bill Thursday afternoon, McConnell objected.
The Republican leader objects to his own idea. So I guess we have a filibuster of his own bill.
~ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, via TPM
This may be a moment in Senate history when a senator … filibustered his own proposal. I don’t think this has ever happened before.
~ Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-IL, via TPM
I've got whiplash.
~ Claire McCaskill, acting Senate Officer, after McConnell decided to filibuster his own bill, via C-Span
Democrats watch in awe as McConnell filibusters himself | The Raw Story rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/06/…— DR (@pollbuster) December 7, 2012
I heard if you filibuster yourself TOO much you'll go blind.
~ comment by Looty on Daily Kos
The floor reconizes the Senator from D'oh.
~ comment by Baconzgood on Wonkette
His Karma ran over his dogma.
~ comment by austin_dave on TPM
It's like they set out to demonstrate why exactly the filibuster as currently used is insane. "What if someone proposes a bill, and the Senate leader then actually lets people vote on it? Because he is fiendish! Then the person who proposed the bill would need to hold a filibuster to stop that bill. Because we have to STOP STUFF FROM GETTING DONE! And that's why we need the silent filibuster. The talking one would be mega inconvenient, when the chamber gets all nutjobby about voting on stuff we proposed just this morning."
~ comment by Deborah on Talking Points Memo
For his next act, McTurtle will hit himself in the face with cream pies!
~ comment by Shakezula on Talking Points Memo
The Democrats should introduce a bill to put McConnell face on Mt. Rushmore. And then filibuster it. Think of the possibilities, they are almost limitless.
~ comment by Harvey on Talking Points Memo
Politics reached its high point today. We can all go home now. It really will not ever get any better. Thank you, Mitch McConnell.— MPH (@DadExperiment) December 7, 2012
I’m pretty sure Mitch McConnell (leader of the Republicans in the Senate) takes his marching orders from The Onion.— cody (@topherlooks) December 7, 2012
MitchMcConnell filibustered his own Bill. Guess he hadn't considered that there were two possibilities. A filibuster too far?— Margaret Shaw (@Snooglewood) December 7, 2012
Mitch "Whiplash" McConnell— SLD (@DITUPAC3361) December 7, 2012