On Nicolle Wallace’s MSNBC show, it’s rare to hear anyone stray even one iota from the Liberal talking point of the day. And of course, we can normally count on Democrat Claire McCaskill, the former senator from Missouri, to join the liberal choir.
So it was surprising on Monday to hear McCaskill raining down on the Wallace parade when it came to the news of the Texas State House Democrats fleeing the state to prevent the Republican majority from passing a bill. law.
Former RNC chairman who became a member of Project Lincoln, Michael Steele, sounded the Liberal note of approval. He described the Texas Democrats on the run from Lone Star State as “doing their part” and “stepping up” to stop the “retreat” of “the constitutional right to vote.”
Wallace then hopefully asked McCaskill if the Texas Dems’ skedaddle “changes the landscape in which the anti-filibuster is fought at all?” It was then that McCaskill, refusing to sing the liberal tune of the day, dropped this:
You know, you can see it another way, Nicole. And I know it’s painful for people to hear, but the minority in Texas uses a procedure to block what they are trying to do in Texas, just as the minority in the Senate uses a procedure to try to block what the Democrats are trying to do in Washington. Except it’s a much closer body to Washington. It’s 50/50!
Painful indeed for Steele, Nicolle Wallace, and other liberals who anoint the deserting Democrats from Texas as heroes!
First of all, remember that filibuster is. . . legal! While under Texas law, if the Sergeant-at-Arms or other law enforcement could get hold of the Democratic deserters, they could be forced to return.
Note: McCaskill’s heresy could be explained by the fact that she served in the Senate, and therefore more respectful of the role of filibuster in tempering the passions of the day.
Here is the transcript.
White House deadline
4:08 p.m. EDT
MICHAEL STEELE: At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you pass an infrastructure bill, it doesn’t matter if you pass all these other bills, because back home, right, these citizens are watching their right, their constitutional right, not your constitutional right to have a pothole filled, but your constitutional right to have a vote, systematically suppressed by the minority party.
And you’re either going to step up and push against that, and shut it down, or you’re not. And that’s what the Texas legislature, lawmakers, Democratic lawmakers are saying right now by this move to Washington, it’s like, you all have to shut this down now, we’re doing our part.
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NICOLLE WALLACE: Do you think the representatives of the Democratic State are changing the landscape on which the fight against obstruction takes place?
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CLAIRE MCCASKILL: You know, you can see it another way, Nicole. And I know it’s painful for people to hear, but the minority in Texas uses a procedure to block what they are trying to do in Texas, just as the minority in the Senate uses a procedure to try to block what the Democrats are trying to do in Washington. Except it’s a much closer body to Washington. It’s 50/50!