What’s Mitch Up To?

On those occasions when I wonder what’s going on in the devious mind of Mitch McConnell, I’m reminded of the movie Being John Malkovich. No telling what snakes writhe in that brainpan.

That occurs to me today upon the news that McConnell has joined his junior colleague from the Bluegrass State in a pledge to filibuster any impending move by Harry Reid to bring gun legislation to the Senate floor.

As Greg Sargent points out this morning, however, the filibuster threat is keyed to the package Reid is currently brandishing, not some new “compromise” version like the one that is reportedly being worked out by the Senators from Deer Hunter country, Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey. So it’s entirely possible that Mitch will get credit among Second Amendment absolutists for Standing With Rand on a filibuster and then take credit for successful, if watery, legislation, which in any event could well expire in the House.

This is the kind of thing that passes for legislative genius in the Senate these days.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.