Sen. Mitch McConnell was asked yesterday by Chris Wallace a very important question:
WALLACE: After the government shutdown in October, which Republicans took the hit for, you were quoted as saying, “We are not going to threaten default again by attaching conditions.” But more recently, you said you don’t think there’s any chance that a clean, without any condition debt bill could get through the Senate.
So, which is it?
Mitch McConnell responded that those two statements aren’t inconsistent, but when later pressed as to whether Republicans would attach conditions to the debt limit bill, he balked:
WALLACE: So, are you saying right here, we are going to attach something to the debt ceiling? And if so, what?
MCCONNELL: What I’m saying is we ought to attach something significant for the country to his request to increase the debt ceiling. That’s been the pattern for 50 years going back to the Eisenhower administration.
I think it’s the responsible thing to do for the country. I think he’s the one being irresponsible by saying oh, just raise the debt ceiling. We’re not going to do anything about the debt or anything else that’s important to the country.
Let me put that in plain English:
“We ought to attach something, but we wont. But hey, look how irresponsible Barack Obama is demanding a clean debt ceiling bill. But seriously, we won’t stand in his way.”
And that’s pretty much our neutered Republican Party leadership right there.
Watch the full clip below: