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McConnell tries to paper over GOP extremism ahead of midterm to woo suburban voters

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republicans' supposed master tactician, has a new scheme to win over the critical bloc of suburban swing voters this fall: Feign moderation.

"McConnell moves to center ahead of midterms," announced a late-June article in The Hill. An early July NBC News headline explained, "McConnell wants to win the suburbs by defusing cultural hot button issues."

Perhaps McConnell should have thought of that before he stole two Supreme Court seats, packing the court with a radical majority that is wildly out of touch with mainstream America. In fact, McConnell has often gloated about his partisan power grab on the court, calling his decision to deny President Barack Obama the chance to fill an open seat the most consequential decision of his career.

McConnell may be right, but not for the reasons he thinks. He believes he locked in decades of unilateral conservative rule by unilaterally blocking a Democratic nominee from one seat, then stealing another by jamming through a GOP nominee less than a week ahead of the 2020 presidential election. But in the wake of the high court's decision to upend 50 years of settled........

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