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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday sent a message to Democrats that Republicans are not prepared to bend to a stronger majority.

In letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), McConnell urged Reid to adopt a more conciliatory tone and warned him that Republicans will unite against Democrats if he does not. The letter was signed by all 40 GOP senators and two Republican incumbents who are awaiting the results of elections in Georgia and Minnesota.

Here we are on dailykos, lamenting Obama’s classy solicitation for  Republican input, while Mitch McConnell, Senate Whineority Leader, cries that the Democrats—who enjoy an overwhelming majority—should cave to GOP petulance. McConnell’s charade is the moral equivalent of the NY Yankees threatening to summon a whaaaambulance if the Phillies don’t let them in on their World Series victory parade.

The following exchange between Boxer and Inhofe is instructive (h/t Scarce):

Given the GOPs failure to extend democrats the same courtesy while they were in power, I expect the democratic response to rhyme with "Buck Stew."

According to The Hill:

"What I’m saying to the new president and the new administration: ‘Do big things, and do them in the center, and you’ll be surprised at how much support you might have,’ " he said at the news conference.

Otherwise, McConnell warned, his party would stand together and block a far-left agenda.

"You're likely to have very significant unity among Republicans," he said.

As we used to say on the playground: "Eeek! Eeek! Shiver with fright! Race up a tree with mercy!"

If McConnell and his band of tools insist on throwing tantrums in the face of Democrats’ unreasonable magnanimity, the current unity shtick will wear thin with voters like me. We have had to endure eight years of obscenely partisan governance and all the resulting catastrophes. Given this, an appropriate response to McConnell’s letter can be borrowed from Dick Cheney:

Go f*ck yourself.

Update: In an aloof display of nonchalance, I will pretend my first visit to the rec list is no big deal. Offline, though, I just peed my pants with joy.

Originally posted to ftwfl on Fri Nov 21, 2008 at 10:46 AM PST.

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