Start Governing and Good Things Happen

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“After insisting for weeks that Senate Republicans would play no role in raising the debt limit, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reversed course and offered a deal, which got hammered out Thursday, to add $480 billion to the nation’s borrowing cap. … When politicians and public servants decide to govern, their political and policy opponents get the message and recalibrate. With the debt limit, McConnell’s obstinance softened right at the moment that Democrats started talking about eliminating the filibuster to increase the debt limit and avoid a catastrophic default. The deal is only short-term, but McConnell blinked rather than give Democrats an opening to make the Senate a majority-vote institution; once you set aside the filibuster once, the pressure to replicate that over and over would be intense.” (10/08/21)