“Gutless Gardner” Folds, Senate Recesses Despite Threat

FRIDAY UPDATE: Cory Gardner’s backside in the breeze is how our Memorial Day Weekend kicks off:

Politico updates:

Gardner and others had clamored for immediate reform to the Paycheck Protection Program, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and a bipartisan crew of senators introduced a bill to do just that, by extending the time businesses can use those loans from eight to 16 weeks. Yet it will have to wait at least a few days, if not longer. Gardner also said he’s been assured the Paycheck Protection Program bill will be taken care of in June.

The Colorado senator said Wednesday he was willing to fight plans to head home for recess to get a whole list of his priorities enacted. And his likely opponent mocked him for not getting more.

“Cory Gardner made a big stink about keeping the Senate in Washington, but less than a day later, he’s given up and seems happy to do whatever Mitch McConnell says,” former Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement.

It’s a humiliating loss, folks. There’s no spin that can salvage it.

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UPDATE: CNN’s Manu Raju reports that Cory Gardner, who started out demanding the Senate stay in Washington until another coronavirus relief bill passed, is now claiming to be content with “some things down the road” from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. A safe bet this lowlight won’t be in the next ad:

We’ll say it again: in a blue state, the only thing a Republican candidate can credibly offer is influence with fellow Republicans.

It looks like Cory Gardner hasn’t got much of that either.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Cory Gardner.

The Hill reported along with numerous national media outlets late yesterday that Sen. Cory Gardner was threatening to block the U.S. Senate from going quietly into recess until June without passage of another coronavirus relief bill–this after the House passed a comprehensive relief bill last week that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately pronounced dead on arrival:

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) on Wednesday said that it is “unfathomable” that the Senate will leave for a one-week break before passing additional coronavirus legislation.

“It’s unfathomable that the Senate is set to go on recess without considering any additional #COVID19 assistance for the American people. Anyone who thinks now is the time to go on recess hasn’t been listening. Coloradans and Americans alike have sacrificed and are hurting,” Garder tweeted…

The Senate is not expected to pass additional coronavirus legislation before they leave town, with leadership in both parties telling The Hill that they did not expect a deal until at least June.

To be clear, Gardner has not come out in support of the HEROES Act passed by the House. He cited a grab-bang of funding priorities yesterday that we assume would be part of some kind of forthcoming legislation in the Senate, which we’re to believe Gardner was about to prevent the Senate from recessing in order to write, debate, and pass:

“We have an opportunity to perfect the Paycheck Protection Program, and to pass legislation to help infrastructure, to create stimulus jobs, economic opportunity, we should be doing everything we can to accomplish that,” he said. “We need to get the job done.”

Well folks, it’s Thursday afternoon in Washington, and Politico’s Burgess Everett has the update you could have predicted–the “unfathomable” has become fathomable!

We hope that every news outlet who reported on Gardner’s brave stand against Mitch McConnell yesterday updates with an equally prominent story on Gardner folding like an accordion today.

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  1. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Mitch doesn't want any more relief bills unless they contain more big time tax breaks for billionaires and big business.

  2. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    I like "Gutless Gardner." It's funny because it's true.

    • Meiner49erMeiner49er says:

      Hey, he tried. Maybe not very hard, but he tried. The more interesting point is that his pleas were so easily ignored. For all the a– he's kissed in Trump's swamp, you'd think he'd be owed a favor.

      Nope, even the Repugs have written him off. They won't even throw him a bone because they know they won't have to come January 2021.  

  3. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    I will not yield in blocking this recess ok lets all just go home. That's how a Yuma weasel stands his ground.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Cory should just stay in Washington by himself out of principle . . .

    (. . . the principle being that he’s less likely there to run into any Colorado reports attempting to ask him questions.)

  5. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    After watching that 9 News video and others before, I get the sense that Kyle Clark is as sick of Cory Gardner as the rest of us.

    • unnamed says:

      Kyle Clark seemed to never suffer fools with Gardner.  Back in 2014 when bringing up his support of the personhood amendment during a debate, Clark said to Gardner: "We're not going to debate that because it's a fact."

  6. spaceman65 says:

    Cory looks like a teenager in his first, ill-fitting grown up suit.  Out of his depth and just wants people to like him.  He'll have a lot of time to think about his life come January. 

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