The Plum Line: Mitch McConnell


Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 08/02/2013

Ted Cruz and his fellow Tea Party Senators stiff-arm Mitch McConnell

The fact that the Senate GOP leader must watch his back against the national Tea Party could make this fall's coming confrontations even crazier.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:11 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitch McConnell

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 01/08/2013

GOP disarray over debt ceiling

More signs that Republicans don't have the leverage in the debt ceiling fight they claim.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:45 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, john boehner, Mitch McConnell, Republicans

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Republicans getting weak-kneed about debt ceiling fight

Still more signs emerge that the debt ceiling doesn't give Republicans the leverage they've claimed.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:10 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, john boehner, Mitch McConnell

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 12/31/2012

A deal liberals can live with -- pending part two

The truth is it's extremely hard to evaluate these things even when everything is done and public

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:20 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, budget, fiscal cliff, Harry Reid, john boehner, Mitch McConnell, taxes

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/31/2012

Have Democrats lost their leverage on the fiscal cliff?

Democrats seem to be settling for a smaller deal.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  10:45 AM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, Harry Reid, House of Representatives, john boehner, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 12/30/2012

This isn't a normal negotiation

The GOP insistence on retaining leverage over the debt ceiling means Repubs are willing to threaten to damage the whole country to get their way.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:57 PM ET, 12/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fiscal cliff, Mitch McConnell, Social Security

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Obama to GOP: Last chance

The President signals to GOP leaders that if we do go over the cliff, he intends to extract maximum political pain for it.

By Greg Sargent  |  06:38 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, john boehner, Mitch McConnell

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 12/24/2012

The filibuster and the judicial crisis

Every empty seat on a federal bench is another reason why Senate reform is essential.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:22 PM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Dem unity forces McConnell to filibuster his own proposal

Dems pass the first test of whether they can remain united on the debt ceiling

By Greg Sargent  |  04:55 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Debt celing, fiscal cliff, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Business leaders siding with Obama on debt ceiling?

Business leaders don't want another rerun of the 2011 debt limit debacle.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:01 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, debt ceiling, House of Representatives, Mitch McConnell

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/05/2012

The Morning Plum: Why Obama won't negotiate with GOP over debt ceiling

Republicans are planning to use the debt limit crisis to extort deep entitlements cuts. Here's why Obama won't play along.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, fiscal cliff, Mitch McConnell, Morning Plum

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 12/04/2012

A deal on Senate rules that Mitch McConnell shouldn't refuse

Would Mitch McConnell be willing to back up his filibuster rhetoric which has now apparently become the standard GOP talking points against reform, if one looks at today's alarmingly weak National Review item about the Senate with a deal?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:49 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Filibuster, Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 12/04/2012

The Morning Plum: GOPers expect to cave on tax rates for rich

A well-connected conservative reporter says it's only a matter of time until Republicans cave on higher tax rates on the rich.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff, john boehner, Mitch McConnell, Morning Plum