Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the one man who held up the appointment of a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia for nearly a year and who is the majority leader of the Senate, which means the Democrats can’t do much more than just watch, is cancelling summer break:
“Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled,” McConnell of Kentucky said in a statement on Tuesday. “Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president’s nominees.”
Yes, the party that decided on January 20, 2009, that Barack Obama wouldn’t get a thing done and they’d use every trick in the book to obstruct his agenda and make him a one-term president, is complaining about obstructionism by the Democrats.
The real reason, of course, is that the August recess before an election is prime campaign time and either McConnell is trying to hobble the Democrats from storming the beaches or he is trying to fend off a landslide — or both. But c’mon; he’s got to come up with a better line of bullshit than this.
By the way, the House is going out for the whole month, so I don’t really see the point of having the Senate stay in session when there’s no one on the other side of the Capitol to do anything with what they come up with.