Mitch McConnell shivs the right back. …Like, frankly, a boss.

Via my RedState colleague Joe Cunningham comes this heartwarming tale of the right boot applied to the right backside at just the right moment:

Republicans have promised Bill Cassidy a seat on the Senate’s energy committee if he defeats Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana’s runoff election next month, potentially undercutting one of her main arguments for re-election.

Landrieu has repeatedly touted the importance of her seat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in her campaign for a fourth term representing a state with a robust oil and gas industry.

While she will no longer serve as the committee’s chair in the GOP-led Senate in the next Congress, Landrieu has campaigned hard on her place as the committee’s senior Democrat — and Cassidy’s inability to get a seat on the panel as a freshman senator.

Joe’s impressed, as am I: Mary Landrieu has just crossed Mitch McConnell off of her Christmas card list. As I noted on Twitter (and Joe was kind enough to link to), this is the sort of thing that you can do when you have a couple of seats’ worth of margin: if Senate control hinged on this McConnell would be actually less likely to make this offer, because it would be seen as being desperate shenanigans.  As it is, it’s just shenanigans, which is a perfectly acceptable thing to do in the Senate and will thus pass without much notice.  Plus, it’s a pretty strong suggestion that McConnell likes our chances for flipping the seat (as do I).

More of this, please, Senator McConnell.

9 thoughts on “Mitch McConnell shivs the right back. …Like, frankly, a boss.”

    1. Just how dangerous is Landrieu in the minority?
      Especially a minority representing a State she’s increasingly out of step with?
      I mean .. it’s not like McConnell will *need* her vote on much ..

  1. The one down side is now Mitch will expect favors from Bill now and again especially when it comes to dealing with Cruz and Lee. Mitch sees it was a win/win.
    I say Cassidy wins it without the promise anyway.

  2. RE: Mary Landrieu has just crossed Mitch McConnell off of her Christmas card list…
    I am guessing that next year’s Christmas card list will be much smaller given that her franking privileges end 90 days after leaving office.
    Have you seen the price of a stamp? Well, Mary has not, at least since the last century.

  3. might want to change ‘right’ to ‘correct’ in the headline or you’ll have people screaming “RINO!!!!111oneone”

      1. Who is the trap set for? For whom is the trap set? (to use proper English 😉 ) I mean, I dislike Mitch McConnel. I’ll support his primary challengers, etc. He isn’t really conservative by my lights, and has generally seemed to try to achieve collegiality for it’s own sake, but he is every bit a Republican politician. The only thing I dislike more than Republican politicians is Democrats.
        All that said, I have to agree that the promise of that committee assignment is an…elegant stroke. It serves multiple political purposes (as noted above),and is quite defensible since La. is an important energy state. So here’s an ‘attaboy’ for Mitch.

    1. Most of us read beyond the headline.
      Granted, when I read the headline, I was fully prepared to curse his name. (As I’ve done many times before. And I expect I’ll do so many times in the future.)
      But this time, I have to give him an attaboy.

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