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Why Mitch McConnell?

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19.04.2022

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a million times: 80-year-old Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell is the indispensable man. McConnell’s indispensability, we’re told, stems from his skill shepherding Republican judicial nominees through the process and onto the federal bench. Alternatively, McConnell’s mastery of Senate rules keeps more than a few Democrats off the bench. This is practically lore among Republicans.

But McConnell’s prowess is overstated. As the saying goes, graveyards are full of indispensable men. Okay, give McConnell his due. He’s been an effective manager, advancing and opposing judicial nominations. But are we to believe that among McConnell’s 49 Senate Republican colleagues not one has the chops to lead on judicial nominations? If so, then Republicans better pray that McConnell is Methuselah’s clone.

McConnell is a one-trick pony, and in a Trumpian GOP, he’s increasingly -- as in daily -- an anachronism. He comes across as haughty. He’s more comfortable prowling the Senate cloakroom than pressing-the-flesh and making the case for real change… at a time when Americans sorely need authentic liberty-loving change.

McConnell’s stumping for Georgia GOP Senate nominees Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the January 2021 runoffs proved he has no feel for retail politics.

In the Peach State, McConnell made a point of congratulating Joe Biden on his November victory -- a victory in Georgia, no less, rife with “irregularities.” Trump-backing voters were in no mood to hear that. Loeffler, handpicked by Governor Brian Kemp, possessed poor political skills. Yet, she only lost to Ralph Warnock by less than 100,000 votes out of about 4.5 million cast. Perdue, who had led his opponent Jon Ossoff in the November contest, lost his runoff by a scant 55,000 votes.

Yes, more than one factor helped Democrats snag the Georgia seats. But McConnell’s ineptness surely cost Loeffler and Purdue votes. Losing those seats deadlocked the Senate, giving Democrats control via a power sharing agreement (Kamala Harris holds the........

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