This is not the first time I have turned my veridiction (my process for verifying predictions) eye on the distinguished gentleman from the Kentucky, the senior United States Senator from the Bluegrass State, Mitch McConnell. I have come back to Senator McConnell because of a prediction he made back in December of 2011 (Yes…it takes me a while to clear out my veridiction file).
Back then, the Kentucky Senator, when referring to the fight over extending the cut in the payroll tax, made the prediction that…
“We’re going to reach an agreement,” McConnell told “Fox News Sunday,” noting there is “bipartisan support” for extending the tax cut.
Not only is Senator McConnell the first talking head personality I have verified twice, but he is now the first person to achieve a perfect 2-0 record.
April 19, 2012, UPDATE
The above statement is only half correct. Senator McConnell is actually the second person to have two separate predictions verified. The first was President George W. Bush (see here and here). However, the distinguished gentleman from Kentucky is still the only person to be 2-and-0.
The bill under consideration when Senator McConnell made his prediction, H R 3765, passed the House of Representatives without objection and passed the Senate by unanimous consent. I do believe that when no dissenting voice is cast, that counts as “bipartisan support”.
This is sometimes why it’s good for me that I don’t jump on veridictions as quickly as I could.
H R 3765 only extended the payroll tax cut until February 29 of this year, which meant that another fight would need to be had if the cut were to be extended past Leap Day.
H R 3630 would be the vehicle for that fight. When the House voted on this bill to extend the cut through the rest of 2012, there were 146 Republicans and 147 Democrats who voted to approve this bill. In the Senate 45 Democrats, 14 Republicans, and 1 Independent voted to approve.
I do believe those totals qualify as “bipartisan” and I do believe those facts above qualify Senator McConnell as batting 1.000 in my count of predictions.
Well done, sir.