REUTERS – Boasting that his party “took Democrats to the cleaners” in the debt ceiling negotiations, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has issued a final demand: He’s insisting Barack Obama sign a “no criticism” pledge.
“Look, the White House gave us everything we wanted,” said McConnell. “A hot knife through butter, the German army through Poland — pick your favorite metaphor, that’s what we did to them. The president has essentially endorsed the Republican world view. We think it would be extremely disingenuous for him to attempt to re-engage in Democrat class warfare — and we won’t allow it.”
When asked what kind of rhetoric would be permissible under the pledge, McConnell said, “Here’s an example: ‘Eric Cantor is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life’. Now, that’s laying it on a little thick, I’ll grant you, but we think it’s appropriate under the circumstances.”
At his daily press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney responded to questions about the “no criticism” pledge by stressing the need for bipartisanship.
“The American people expect Republicans and Democrats to work together to craft a balanced plan as to what the president can and cannot say,” said Carney. “We will cave to Senator McConnell’s wishes at the proper time and not a minute sooner.”