Mitch McConnell's Self-Filibuster

  • Aired:  12/10/12
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Mitch McConnell asks Harry Reid to put a debt-ceiling proposal to a vote, and then filibusters his own bill when the Senate Majority Leader agrees. (5:49)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW.

LAST WEEK YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THE UNITED STATES SENATE VOTED DOWN A TREATY THAT WOULD GIVE

DISABLED PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD EQUAL RIGHTS.

WE COVERED IT IN A SEGMENT WE CALLED "PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE." FUNNY STORY.

IT TURNS OUT IT BRINGS ME TO OUR NEWS SEGMENT.

THE SENATE IS TO INEPT THAT SOONER OR LATER ONE OF THESE GUYS IS JUST GOING TO SIT ON HIS

OWN BALLS.

THAT IS NOT THAT HARD TO DO.

AS YOU KNOW, THE SENATE CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN A HIGH-STAKES CHESS GAME OVER THE FISCAL CLIFF.

ONE OF THE PIECES THEY'RE MOVING AROUND THE BOARD IS THE DEBT CEILING.

PRESIDENT OBAMA RECENTLY SAID THAT HE, THE PRESIDENT, SHOULD HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO RAISE THE

DEBT CEILING NOT THE CONGRESS.

THEY USE IT AS A BARGAINING CHIP.

THAT'S NOT RYE.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL KNOWS WHAT THAT MEANS

>> THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, NOW HE'S ASKING FOR AN UNLIMITED -- UNLIMITED --

AUTHORITY TO BORROW WHENEVER HE WANTS TO FOR WHATEVER AMOUNT HE WANTS TO?

>> Jon: (MUSMING) ALL RIGHT.

SO THE SENATOR CLEARLY DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE DEBT CEILING MEANS.

THE DEBT CEILING IS A CONTROL IMPOSED ON THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT BY CONGRESS IN ORDER

TO, YOU KNOW, IS THERE JUST SOME WELL INFORMED AND RESPECTED AUTHORITY THAT CAN EXPLAIN WHAT

THE DEBT CEILING IS

>> IT GIVES THE GOVERNMENT PERMISSION TO PAY BACK THE MONEY WE ALREADY BORROWED

>> Jon: TOTALLY RIGHT.

I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT BECAUSE HE WAS TALKING TOO FAST BUT I THINK HE'S [BLEEP] RIGHT.

AND I LIKE THAT LADY TOO.

I DON'T KNOW HER.

EVEN IF SENATOR McCONNELL DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THE DEBT CEILING HE DOES UNDERSTAND HOW

TO PLAY SENATE CHESS.

HE KNOWS WHILE OBAMA WANTS THE DEBT CEILING DEBATE REMOVED, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY

REID, HE DON'T HAVE THE 51 VOTES HE NEEDS TO GET THAT PASSED SO McCONNELL IS GOING TO TRAP

REED IN A CORNER.

>> AN UNLIMITED AUTHORITY TO BORROW WHENEVER HE WANTS TO FOR WHATEVER AMOUNT HE WANTS TO?

IF THE MAJORITY LEADER SUPPORTS THAT PROPOSAL I WOULD HOPE WE CAN GET A VOTE ON IT TO GIVE HIS

MEMBERS A CHANCE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THEY THINK THAT'S A GOOD WAY

FORWARD FOR OUR COUNTRY.

>> Jon: [BLEEP].

IT IS A CLASSIC OPENING.

HE'S PROPOSING A BILL THAT HE DOESN'T SUPPORT, McCONNELL, KNOWING THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL

LOOK BAD WHEN HARRY REID REFUSES TO CALL A VOTE ON IT

>> SENATOR McCONNELL MADE A SERIOUS OFFER DEALING WITH THE DEBT CEILING IN THIS COUNTRY ONE

OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES FACING THE COUNTRY.

IT'S A SERIOUS OFFER.

I PERSONALLY HAVEN'T READ IT.

MY STAFF HAS LOOKED AT IT.

IT'S IMPORTANT ENOUGH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A VOTE ON IT THIS AFTERNOON.

>> Jon: HAVEN'T SEEN THAT BEFORE.

HARRY REID JUST ATE McCONNELL'S CHESS PIECES.

TURNS OUT REED HAD THE 51 VOTES TO PASS McCONNELL'S SARCASTIC BILL AND SAID, FINE, LET'S DO

THIS, MO-HO.

REALLY IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE PART WHERE HARRY REID SAID VERY SERIOUS OFFER THAT I HAVEN'T

PERSONALLY READ, THE WHOLE THING ALMOST SOUNDED PROFESSIONAL.

NOW, McCONNELL BETTER HAVE A PRETTY STRONG COUNTERATTACK HERE.

IF HE WANTS TO STAY IN THE GAME.

>> MATTERS OF THIS LEVEL OF CONTROVERSY ALWAYS REQUIRE 60 VOTES.

I WOULD ASK MY FRIEND THE MAJORITY LEADER IF HE WOULD MODIFY HIS CONSENT AGREEMENT TO

SET THE THRESHOLD FOR THIS VOTE AT 60

>> Jon: THAT'S THE BULL [BLEEP]

RIGHT THERE.

PASSING A LAW IN THE SENATE REQUIRES 51 VOTES.

THERE IS NO EXTRA CONTROVERSY RULE THAT TURNS IT INTO 60.

PARLIAMENTARIAN WILL BE LIKE FORCE TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUNDS.

WE'RE GOING TO NEED 75 ON THAT ONE.

THAT'S CRAZY.

THAT'S CONTROVERSY.

I MEAN, ANYTHING THAT THE LADIES FROM THE VIEW CAN MAKE A MEAL OF, WE'VE GOT TO HAVE 80.

I'M SORRY.

OH, THREE NACHO TUESDAY?

LET'S JUST HAVE THREE PEOPLE.

MITCH McCONNELL SHOULD KNOW THAT JUST ABOUT THE ONLY TIME YOU NEED 60 VOTES IS TO BREAK A FILIBUSTER.

THE DEMOCRATS AREN'T GOING TO PHILADELPHIA BRISTER HIS BILL.

... AREN'T GOING TO FILIBUSTER HIS BILL.

WAIT A MINUTE.

THAT ISN'T MEAN...

>> NOW THE REPUBLICAN LEADER OBJECTS TO HIS OWN IDEA.

I GUESS WE HAVE A FILIBUSTER OF HIS OWN BILL.

>> Jon: WOW!

MITCH McCONNELL PROPOSED A BILL AND NOW HE'S FILIBUSTERING HIS OWN BILL.

LET ME PUT THIS IN CHESS TERMS.

McCONNELL WALKED UP TO THE TABLE AND SAT ON HIS OWN BALLS.

IN FACT, THE PRESIDING OFFICER OFFICER...

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ... CLAIRE McCASKILL HAS TO CHECK TO MAKE SURE SHE HEARD

RIGHT

>> IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST?

>> YEAH, I OBJECT.

OBJECTION IS HEARD.

Jon: YOU SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, MITCH McCONNELL?

MITCH McCONNELL SAT ON HIS BALLS SO HARD, HE BROKE CLAIRE McCASKILL'S NECK.

WE'LL BE RIGHT

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