Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he is ready to move ahead with a power-sharing agreement after two Democratic senators said they won’t support ending the legislative filibuster, a central sticking point for the GOP in the talks.
In a statement released late Monday, the Kentucky Republican said his concerns about the filibuster rule, which requires 60 votes for most legislation to advance, had been assuaged by comments from Democratic senators Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) reaffirming their opposition to its elimination. Their statements earlier in the day signaled that Democrats don’t have the votes needed to kill the filibuster unilaterally, since that would require all 50 of them, plus Vice President Kamala Harris, to vote as a bloc.
The next step should be to do what Mitch would do: put on your best More-In-Sorrow-Than-In-Anger expression and double cross the shit out of him. Whether the small-but-extremely-powerful Allergic to Power faction of the Democratic Congress will grasp this is unclear. It should be noted, however, that their current stated opposition is not dispositive: