Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has never been known as one of the brightest bulbs in the room. He proved it once again on Thursday night when he took off on an epic partisan rant against Republicans who had just thrown him a lifeline on extending the debt limit by agreeing to a short-term increase.
This would be the speech that Joe Manchin called "f-n stupid" and Mitt Romney complained was unhelpful partisan slander. Even after announcing the debt increase deal, McConnell had to whip for 10 Republican votes to overcome the filibuster rules. Now that Schumer's bad faith has been established, there is a slim chance Republican senators will fall for this a second time.
The good news is that Chuck has two months to assemble a debt increase through the reconciliation process. Better get busy.
Extra - NBC News: "After McConnell's blink, Democrats hold a weaker hand - Analysis: Democratic sources say there is no plan for avoiding a messier debt limit fight in December — and the Senate minority leader insists he won't help again."