Wed August 29, 2012
Norquist Previews McConnell Majority Leader Role
Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist predicts Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will use the same tactics that the GOP criticized Democrats for using if he is elevated to majority leader.
McConnell needs either three of four Republican victories this fall depending on the outcome of the presidential race and even with the Todd Akin controversy there's still a "50-50" shot, he believes.
Norquist provides a teaser that could lead to procedural reforms.
From The Huffington Post:
This would mean, Norquist explained, that Republicans, led by now-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), would block Democrats from offering "secondary amendments" to bills, a practice that Reid has employed routinely in order to head off awkward votes or ones completely unrelated to the legislation at hand. It also could mean streamlining procedures to ensure that bills can get to the floor without having to clear a filibuster vote first. That wouldn't eliminate the filibuster itself. But it "comes close" to filibuster reform, said Norquist.
Just last month, McConnell complained that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nv., was abusing his position and treating it like a dictatorship.