Case in point is the aforementioned Mitch McConnell, who is the Babe Ruth of filibusterers. He’s employed a record number of them to see that hardly anything the president wants becomes law.
Yet, there’s a serious GOP primary challenge coming McConnell’s way in Kentucky from a tea party conservative.
This guy says that if the majority leader doesn’t agree to shut down the government in a vainglorious, doomed attempt to get rid of Obamacare, he’s not conservative enough. McConnell has a competitive Democrat to face in the general election, but you can bet he’s a lot more concerned about getting “primaried.”
He knows that most moderates won’t be voting in the primary and many Democrats won’t bother in the general election, so he has to move as far to the right as he can to appeal to the "base” voters who will most surely show up.
Thus, nothing gets done in Washington because those “base” voters consider “compromise” to be a dirty word.
The conservatives vote and the liberals don’t.
I blame the liberals.
Sam Pollak is editor of The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y. He can be reached at email@example.com.