GOP leaders have been warning Democrats against ending the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation in the Senate for a very long time.
Well, on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has outlined the “scorched-earth” path that the Republican Party would end up taking if Democrats make good on their threat to end the filibuster. It would result in the Senate being shut down.
“Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin to imagine what a completely scorched-Earth Senate would look like,” the Kentucky Republican states while on the Senate floor.
McConnell threatened the possibility of complete gridlock on the floor, pointing out that the Senate runs by unanimous consent, which means all 100 Senators must agree to the most basic terms of operating. Every move, he said, would require a vote of the full Senate, which is currently tied 50-50.
Vice President Kamala Harris would not be permitted to break those tied votes, McConnell added.
“I want my colleagues to imagine a world where every single task requires a physical quorum,” He said. “Even the most basic aspects of our colleagues’ agenda, the most mundane tasks of the Biden presidency, would be harder, not easier, for Democrats in a post-‘nuclear’ Senate that’s 50-50.”
This is the kind of thinking and hard-edged action it takes to beat back the radicals in Congress. Leftists are trying to do everything they can to never lose power again, preventing conservatives from being able to check their progress in remaking America in Marx’s image.
We need to make it clear we won’t just surrender our nation and way of life. This scorched-earth path might be necessary to put the brakes on the radical leftist agenda.