On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) penned an op-ed in The New York Times begging Senate Democrats not to abolish the legislative filibuster if they take control of the chamber, saying the procedural rule "plays a crucial role in our constitutional order." McConnell — who practically invented modern abuse of the filibuster to block legislation under President Barack Obama and who has shattered dozens Senate norms to silence the left and confirm radical judges — warned that Democrats would "rue" changing the rules to strip him of power.
In writing this op-ed, McConnell demonstrated two things. First, he seems to believe that there is a not-insignificant chance Democrats will win control of the Senate next year. And second, he believes his party has a lot more to lose from the end to the filibuster than Democrats do — or he would have killed it himself years ago.
None of this was lost on commenters on social media, who roundly blasted McConnell for begging Democrats not to give him a taste of his own medicine:
GOP internal polls must be showing that the Senate likely also to be lost in 2020 https://t.co/J0Sw7gwed7— David Frum (@David Frum)1566480243.0
Mitch understands that if Dems take the Presidency, House, & Senate, they'll try to pass big reforms to democracy,… https://t.co/JEhnyLwMdQ— Ezra Levin (@Ezra Levin)1566479804.0
McConnell has no principles. He does not care about norms or institutions. He only cares about political power. If… https://t.co/Ff81pV3xxv— Brian Fallon (@Brian Fallon)1566478178.0
And yes, there is a distinction between a legislative filibuster and a judicial/cabinet nominee one. But, honestly,… https://t.co/0YDoCbpsYy— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein)1566480678.0
Mitch obviously wants the best for democrats. I mean think about how honorably he behaved with Merrick Fucking Garl… https://t.co/aZ4c9OHtcx— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1566481951.0
@politico Turtle, your days are numbered! You will be voted out soon!— Sharon McLean (@Sharon McLean)1566479175.0