by Brandon Butler
Mitch McConnell is an expert at killing 12/30/2020

Makena Kelly for The Verge:

On Tuesday night, McConnell introduced a new bill tying increased stimulus payments to a full repeal of Section 230, according to bill text obtained by The Verge. The bill comes amid new momentum for direct $2000 stimulus payments, and increasing pressure on party leaders to appease President Trump’s escalating demands.

Democratic party leaders criticized the inclusion of Section 230 repeal as an effort to scuttle stimulus talks. “Senator McConnell knows how to make $2,000 survival checks reality and he knows how to kill them,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement Tuesday. “Will Senate Republicans go along with Sen. McConnell’s cynical gambit or will they push him to give a vote on the standalone [bill]?” […]

By Tuesday morning, many Republicans who previously opposed the increased stimulus checks flipped to support of them alongside Democrats. In particular, both Georgia Senate runoff incumbents, Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), announced Tuesday that they would vote to approve the additional payments after days of sidestepping the question, creating a difficult position for McConnell.

A lot of people could use that $2,000 right now. Mitch McConnell knows this. And yet he clearly doesn’t care. He also knows how to kill legislation: it’s basically all he’s ever done in his time as the Senate Majority Leader.

I understand why McConnell does what he does. His leadership position in the Senate makes him one of the most powerful people in the world. He’s the gatekeeper for the President of the United States. If McConnell doesn’t like a bill, he simply refuses to bring it to a vote. He has veto power on anything Congress does. It’s more difficult for him to get legislation passed, but looking at the state of the country now, I there’s more power in stopping bills than in passing bills. With Biden taking office in a matter of days, that stopping power is going to go a long way for McConnell — unless the GOP loses the Senate in the Georgia runoffs.

And this is why the two Republican Senate runoff yahoos in Georgia are now suddenly in support of the $2,000 stimulus checks: it’s so important for the long term control of the Senate that they win this run-off election that they had to come out in support of the money — even though they clearly don’t want to give the people of Georgia any help during the pandemic. I really hope Georgians see through their bullshit and recognize that the GOP doesn’t have any interest in helping them — this is all a ploy to keep control of the Senate and stifle Biden’s presidency.

Of course, none of this has anything to do with Section 230, and trying to bundle the needs of Americans getting food on the table with Trump’s tiny fight with Twitter is petty and sad — a fitting end for Trump’s presidency.