As Republicans try to figure out how to fund the Department of Homeland Security, they seem to be running into a bit of a problem.
Mitch McConnell is telling colleagues that he needs six Democrats to get the 60 votes he needs to overcome the Democratic blockade. The reporting out there indicates that this isn’t going to happen. And on top of that, the Hill notes, a handful of Republican Senators (presumably ones up for reelection in Obama states who don’t want to vote for deporting the DREAMers) might also oppose the House GOP measure.
The scenario of leadership having to organize a super-majority to get something passed in the Senate while their base makes unreasonable demands and moderates threaten to jump ship is one we’ve seen before. Perhaps Sen. McConnell should have a little sit-down with Sen. Reid and President Obama to get some pointers.
Of course there are a lot of serious issues at stake here. But before we get to those, I’m just going to pause and enjoy a moment of schadenfreude 🙂