‘Majority rules’ has always been part of politics, but what happens when the party that represents a minority of the American people keeps winning and everyday governance becomes ‘minority rules’. It used to be that even a majority party did not shut down the minority party. But Mitch McConnell pretends that the party that represents the majority of Americans, which happens to hold only a minority in the Senate, does not exist. He disdains them. He ignores them.
McConnell now leads a Republican Party that has gone rogue and he seems to relish the job. He smiles, he pontificates, he denies, he even looks less turtle-y, less prune-y.
There are 400 bills sitting on the Senate floor and they will not be moved, says Mitch, as he hugs President Trump.
There is no give and take in the Senate these days. Mitch McConnell has turned the Senate into a sinkhole. There is no intelligent discussion, no presentation of facts, and careful deliberation. Mitch McConnell believes that when your party has the majority in the Senate (even when that party represents a minority of Americans), only those bills that agree with that Senate majority’s ideology are valid and even those bills will have to wait because right now he’s busy, he has to stuff the courts.
So when this Trump loyalist, when this stubborn and very partisan person, sticks out his skinny chest and lifts his weak wrinkled chin and pronounces what will and will not happen, the 51% of Americans who he does not represent can see that we are screwed once again, that this man (backed by Trump and his Republicans in the Senate) can and will pretend that there is no other party, that he governs unopposed, and right now he actually does. Kentucky obviously loves that the scourge of the Senate is a favorite son.
We can guess with a fair amount of certainty that Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial will be a total farce, because Mitch McConnell can and will make it so, and the Orange King will smile down upon him and grant him absolute power to do anything as long as Trump does not disagree with it. It must be awful to be a Democrat in the Senate right now, but please hang in Democrats. Evil doesn’t hold sway forever. We were created with an anathema to evil.
Mitch McConnell assaults the Constitution says, The Nation.
Mitch says he’d fill a Supreme Court seat in 2020, reports Time.
Trump comforts Mitch after a Republican loss in Kentucky, as documented in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Mitch kowtows to Donald Trump on the border wall says an article in the Lexington Herald Leader.
Mitch sets up ‘nuclear option’ rule change, says The Japan Times
Mitch McConnell say reparations are not happening the Courier Journal tells us.
Mitch says Medicare-for-All is a ‘raw deal’ for Americans in front of the American Hospital Association.
Mitch McConnell gives reasons why he can’t meet with Merrick Garland according to The New Yorker.
Mitch blames impeachment for the 400 bills he blocked says The American Independent.
Mitch McConnell says that the Senate Impeachment Trial will be short
Washington Weekly calls Mitch McConnell the biggest threat to our Democracy.
That is probably enough of Mitch McConnel to last a lifetime. It is not as if the rest of the Senate will suddenly return to sanity if Mitch McConnell is voted out of office, but perhaps the next incarnation of Mitch McConnell will not be so capable at partisan stonewalling.