Is this an apple, a banana, or just plain nuts? At the very least, it’s entirely ignorant of history — and hardly qualifies as “news.” CNN’s Jim Acosta supposedly reports on politics, not engages in strategizing for one side or the other — so why is he advocating that Democrats end the filibuster in the Senate?
And why doesn’t Acosta know Mitch McConnell’s history on this exact situation?
Acosta: Democrats could think about it this way: If Mitch McConnell were in their shoes, what would he do? Given what we know, would we see him letting the filibuster stand? Is the filibuster more important than election rights, women’s rights… pic.twitter.com/90ZwDIoAdT
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 4, 2021
Where does one begin to unravel Acosta’s incoherence in this clip? In the first place, the legislative filibuster has nothing to do with the Supreme Court or presidential appointments. At all. The lack of progress on Democrats’ progressive agenda items isn’t even entirely related to the filibuster either. Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan is failing even in the reconciliation process because it can’t get 50 Senate Democrats to align behind it, for instance.
One has to wonder whether Acosta complained about the legislative filibuster when Democrats made use of it during Trump’s term. Democrats used it hundreds of times to stop Republicans — who had the majority in both chambers for two years — from moving forward on a number of initiatives. That frustrated Donald Trump so much and so often that he began a months-long campaign to pressure Mitch McConnell into nuking the filibuster.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is shooting down President Trump’s push for Republicans to change the Senate’s rules for blocking legislation.
Asked if Republicans would nix the 60-vote filibuster to allow legislation to pass by a simple majority, McConnell told reporters, “That will not happen.”
“There is an overwhelming majority on a bipartisan basis not interested in changing the way the Senate operates on the legislative calendar” on legislation, McConnell said during a weekly press conference. …
McConnell — who pledged last month to keep the filibuster — said the move would “fundamentally change the way the Senate has worked for a very long time. We’re not going to do that.”
The fact that the legislative filibuster exists shows that McConnell kept it in place — even when it would have benefited him and the GOP to end it, at least in the short run. Acosta’s hardly the only historical illiterate who keeps insisting that McConnell would torpedo the filibuster if given half a chance, but most of the rest of them don’t make that argument while reporting on a news program. And Acosta may be the only White House correspondent that managed to miss this months-long feud between a Republican president and a Republican Senate Majority Leader.
Jeff Zucker is presently getting humiliated for his handling of Chris Cuomo, but he deserves some scrutiny over his use of Acosta, too. For a network that likes to preen itself on the ability to discern between apples and bananas, they seem to have trouble recognizing a bad nut.