Mitch McConnell, Power, And Purism

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Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced that in the fall he is going to step down from his position as GOP leader, presumably before the 2024 presidential election. McConnell announced his decision in the well of the Senate.

The question, of course, is who will replace him. The blowback on his announcement has been extraordinary. On the political Right, people are now shouting about the evils of Mitch McConnell.

McConnell is one of the most effective Machiavellian political operators of my lifetime. I don’t like a lot of what he passed, but to pretend he was not an effective operator is just false.

The reason there is a 6-3 Republican-appointed majority on the Supreme Court of the United States is: Mitch McConnell. It is not Donald Trump. It’s McConnell because McConnell is the person who actively said we will not allow Merrick Garland to be appointed to the court. And then, of course, Trump got elected.

This isn’t to deprive Trump from …

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