As 118th Congress Debuts, Still No Plausible Defense For 18 Senate Republicans’ Shameful Omnibus Surrender

Little Mitch McConnell has never been trustworthy. He is one of those who believes he is untouchable. (Arlin Report comment)

PA Pundits International

By Peter Parisi ~

“With friends like these, who needs enemies?” is an observation attributed to the late comedian and New York Post “Strictly for Laughs” columnist Joey Adams.

After the Dec. 22 betrayal by 18 Senate Republicans of their House GOP colleagues—to say nothing of Republican voters—in inexplicably helping Democrats ram through a disgracefully pork-laden $1.85 trillion omnibus spending bill, Adams’ quote should be “revised and extended”—to borrow some Congress-speak—to “With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?”

The since-retired Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. (left) and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.—seen here talking to reporters Feb. 12, 2019—got rolled in negotiations with Democrats on the omnibus spending bill. But 18 Republican senators inexplicably voted for it anyway. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

As the curtain rises Tuesday on the GOP-controlled House in the 118th Congress, there still hasn’t been a plausible—much less defensible—explanation for why those 18 Senate Republicans would willingly…

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