Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., second from right, walks with, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, right, for a media availability on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Congressional GOP Beat President Obama and Will Now Surrender To Him

There is something hilariously stupid about the Republicans in Congress and their willingness to lose to Barack Obama. This time, they want to surrender after already beating him. What it really means is that their much-pushed narrative that they are “adults” is a fraudulent lie.

Having successfully rallied the votes to override President Obama’s veto of legislation allowing lawsuits against governments that sponsor terrorism, Mitch McConnell now wants to change the law to address President Obama’s concerns.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday there might be “unintended ramifications” from the legislation, and he and Speaker Paul Ryan both suggested an openness to re-examining or altering the legislation in the post-election congressional period.

I want to be clear up front that this legislation should have never made it through Congress anyway. The President is actually right about his concerns and the implications with our soldiers and sailors abroad. It will expose both American citizens and our military to unmitigated harassment by foreign nations.

But Republicans in Congress knew that going into this. They knew that before passing the bill. But they still passed the bill. They were too scared to do the right thing originally lest there be political consequences in November. They were scared Donald Trump might demagogue it and attack Republicans. They were scared of putting Hillary Clinton in an awkward position. They were scared of voter outrage.

So they passed it.

Now, before the election is even concluded, they’re promising to surrender to the President.

It should have never gotten to this point. There should have been leadership exercised within Congress. Now the GOP, whose voters already are convinced the GOP never keeps its promises, will cower to the President again. This could have been a moment of bipartisan leadership in an election year when everyone is at everyone else’s throat. Instead, the GOP chose to bungle it and will now have to fix it.

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