Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., answers questions from reporters about challenges facing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law in the Supreme Court next week, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2012. The GOP leader criticized the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare," as the single worst piece of legislation during his time in Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Only In Washington Is Surrender Called ‘Playing Hardball’

Here is the Politico headline: McConnell plays hardball in spending fight.

Here are the first three paragraphs with relevant portions highlighted.

Mitch McConnell is playing hardball — forcing Democrats into a take-it-or-leave-it position on a must-pass government spending bill before funding runs dry at the end of the month.

With spending negotiations still stymied at the Capitol, McConnell filed a new short-term government spending measure Thursday that concedes key priorities to Democrats — yet still isn’t enough to get the minority party on board.

Gone is the so-called ICANN provision, an internet-domain issue that had become a top priority for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other GOP senators and just got the seal of endorsement from GOP nominee Donald Trump. It also includes funding for a sweeping opioids bill that was signed into law earlier this year, as well as a landmark chemical safety measure that became law in June.

I have finally come to realize that the only success Mitch McConnell has ever had in Washington is fielding a public relations effort. During his tenure as head of the NRSC, the Republicans saw losses. During his time as leader, the Republicans have surrendered on every major policy issue.

Here now McConnell is alleged to be playing “hardball” and it amounts to giving the Democrats everything they have wanted. No doubt the Democrats will now “fold” and McConnell will trot out stenographers to call him a leader who gets things done.

He got things done all right. He gave the Democrats all they wanted while denying his own side their preferences.

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