[Ed. – Allahpundit diagnoses this as an effort to avoid putting Republicans on record on the base-renaming controversy. Could be. Republicans don’t actually have the votes to override a Trump veto if the bill goes to him with Warren’s language in it, so it could also be seen as a freebie: vote to rename bases, then let Trump reject it. The times are rapidly becoming less interesting, and more just plain stupid.]
Does Mitch McConnell want an up-or-down vote for his caucus on whether U.S. military bases should continue to honor the CSA in their nomenclature? Especially right now, five months out from a national election at a moment when white Americans have rarely been more sympathetic to their black countrymen? That’s what Hawley’s going to try to force on him, it appears, because Hawley’s running for president in 2024 and already thinking about stiff competition for the populist vote from the likes of Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz. Can’t go wrong vice-signaling in defense of traditions honoring the Confederacy if you’re looking to get a leg up in that situation.