Mitch McConnell knows his way around the swamp for a good reason. It’s his natural habitat.
He is better described by the word Republican than the word ‘conservative’.
When it suits him to align with some of the voices from further to the right he will do so — he’s a political survivor, after all. But that’s not his natural inclination.
Mark Levin was good enough to remind us, for instance, about the role McConnell had in carefully spiking the TEA Party nominees in favor of more centrist, squishy candidates.
McConnell did a pretty fair job of navigating the political waters of working with a cultural maverick like Trump, but he seems far more at ease with a ‘Maverick’ like McCain.
With Trump exiting the scene, it looks as if he’s trying to steer the party back to the squishy middle again… which would line up nicely with what the New York Times claims he said about being pleased with impeachment as a means of purging the party of MAGA peeps.
With that in mind, let’s check into his latest statements about the President, made from the Senate floor itself.
McConnell delivered his harsh remarks during comments on the Senate floor. The Republican leader said that Trump, along with “other powerful people,” shared responsibility in the Jan. 6 riot and attack on Congress.
“The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop congress from doing our duty. The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people,” McConnell said. “And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like.”
Shall we take that to mean that Mitch McConnell has turned up as a witness against Trump in his completely-devoid-of-any-due-process Soviet Show Trial — or shall we call it by the more formal title, ‘Impeachment’?
This seems like kind of a reckless thing and irresponsible thing to say when there hasn’t been a whiff of due process or evidence gathering.
I’m pretty sure that if you bothered to ask Trump, Cruz, Hawley and others what they really wanted, they would NOT have answered ‘violence’ or ‘fear’. They wanted this little thing called ‘oversight’ over an election that had been riddled with irregularities.
They wanted certainty that the people who were being certified were, in fact, duly elected. Last we looked, peacefully insisting that Constitutional norms are being properly followed is not, on its face, an illicit act.
Linking any public call for a peaceable assembly to an allegation of inciting violence seems like an accusation that would require some significant evidence. Thus far, we have seen plenty of opinions, but no actual evidence.
Do jurists (which is what each and every Senator is going to be if this ridiculous impeachment process plays out) no longer hold themselves to the presumption of innocence, Mitch?
Or have you really gone all-in with Pelosi’s unconstitutional display of bare-knuckled, unprincipled political power? If you are supporting a might-makes-right approach to politics, you seem to have forgotten what it actually means to be a public servant.
With any luck, it will be enough for the party to start asking itself why it lets you hold so tightly to so much power?
Liz Cheney’s leadership is already being challenged for aligning with Pelosi’s second Shampeachment. Maybe it’s time to start a much broader leadership housecleaning.
The party as it was 20 years ago isn’t who we need to be today.
Many of the America First principles Trump brought to the party are here to stay. If you don’t like it, well, don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.
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