When Mitch McConnell is one of Republican senators up for re-election to six-year terms in 2020, he will be 78 years old. He was first elected in 1984. I don’t imagine he realizes that I, here …
When Mitch McConnell is one of Republican senators up for re-election to six-year terms in 2020, he will be 78 years old. He was first elected in 1984. I don’t imagine he realizes that I, here in far-off Washington State, where I won’t even see a ballot with his name on it, am on his campaign mailing list. The last email I got featured his bragging, as senate majority leader, over how the Senate has thwarted Democrats in their efforts to prevent confirmation of Donald Trump’s judicial appointments. “The far left has failed,” he said, “your Republican Senate Majority has been able to confirm judges—including two Supreme Court Justices—at the fastest clip in history.”
Yes, Mitch, we with reasonable intelligence out here have noticed Despicable Donald’s frenzied stacking of the judiciary system. Largely due to his frustration over having his ego publicly over-ruled by legal decisions in the best interests of the country—handed down by such as United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit down in San Francisco.
And we have you, of course, who proclaimed the other day that the Senate would hastily approve another Supreme Court appointment by Donald in the event a vacancy occurs. You who all through 2016 refused to bring to a vote in the Senate Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland with the weaselly, untrue justification that “following a longstanding tradition of not filling vaccines on the Supreme Court in the middle of a presidential election year.” That lie is worthy of your idol Donald Trump. Between the two of you, you’ve managed to give us Gorsuch and Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court—and you’re ghoulishly eying sitting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
I also recall that immediately after Obama’s election, before he even took office, you were publicly rallying office-holding lackeys of plutocrats to oppose any agenda whatsoever that might be proposed by Obama, then later promising to make him a one-term president. All paving the way for ascension of the racist egomaniac who now is president.
Hopefully, Kentucky will be sane enough to put you out to pasture in 2020, Mitch.
Here’s the beginning of an article from the New York Times on Aug. 27, not long before the mid-term election of 2014: “At a private conclave with the billionaire Koch brothers’ political apparatus this year, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, laid out a confrontational agenda for a Republican-controlled Senate aimed at dismantling President Obama’s legislative successes through the federal budget.
“In an audio recording leaked to The Undercurrent, a liberal-leaning YouTube channel, and initially reported by the magazine The Nation, Mr. McConnell told the mid-June gathering in Dana Point, Calif., that if the Republicans gained control of the Senate and retained control of the House in November, Congress could use the budget process to force the president to roll back his priorities.
“‘In the House and Senate, we own the budget,’ he said, explaining that the initial blueprint on taxes and spending does not require the president’s signature. ‘So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on health care, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board. All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it’ . . .”
And that’s what happened.
“Democrats need a new target for all their anger . . . and the target is going to be me,” McConnell says today. “But if you want the Senate to keep confirming conservative judges, cutting regulations, and enacting President Trump’s conservative agenda, I”m going to need you on my side.”
I can only hope the American public, in Kentucky and elsewhere, will not again will be seduced by a selling job as sleazy as that one.
The GOP picked up 9 seats to gain senate control in the 2014 election and the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016 then brought us to the situation we are in today.
To drag our country back out of a swamp blackened by crude oil, coal tar and the ashes of our Constitution, we ideally must 1. elect a Democratic president, 2. regain Democratic control of the Senate, 3. maintain Democratic control of the House. Even that wouldn’t fix things magically overnight, but it would get us off to a fast start.