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McConnell has shown no ideology, except his own political power.”

John David Dyche, former staunch McConnell supporter

Did We Learn The Lesson?

Jane Mayer of The New Yorker wrote:

Stuart Stevens, a longtime Republican political strategist and consultant, who has spent decades getting Republicans elected at every level, agrees that McConnell’s party deserves a considerable share of the blame for America’s COVID-19 disaster.

In a forthcoming book, It Was All a Lie – How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump, Stevens writes that in accommodating Trump and his base, McConnell and other Republicans went along as Party leaders, dismantled the country’s safety net, and ignored experts of all kinds, including scientists.

“Mitch is kidding himself if he thinks he’ll be remembered for anything other than Trump,” he said. “He will be remembered as the Trump facilitator.”

The President is vindictive toward Republicans who challenge him, as Mitt Romney can attest. Yet, Stevens believes the conservatives who have acceded to Trump will pay a more lasting price. “Trump was the moral test, and the Republican Party failed,” Stevens said. “It’s an utter disaster for the long-term fate of the Party. The Party has become an obsession with power without purpose.”

Bill Kristol, (please click on this to read more about his transformation) a formerly stalwart conservative who has become a leading Trump critic, describes McConnell as “a pretty conventional Republican who just decided to go along and get what he could out of Trump.” Under McConnell’s leadership, the Senate, far from providing a check on the executive branch, has acted as an accelerant.

“Demagogues like Trump, if they can get elected, can’t really govern unless they have people like McConnell,” Kristol said. McConnell has stayed largely silent about the President’s lies and inflammatory public remarks, and has propped up the Administration with legislative and judicial victories. McConnell has also brought along the Party’s financial backers.

“There’s been too much focus on the base, and not enough on business leaders, big donors, and the Wall Street Journal editorial page,” Kristol said, adding, “The Trump base would be there anyway, but the élites might have rebelled if not for McConnell. He could have fundamentally disrupted Trump’s control, but instead, McConnell has kept the trains running… Trump came to drain the swamp, and now he’s working with the biggest swamp creature of them all.”

Rick Wilson, a former Republican political consultant and strategist for George H.W. Bush and Rudy Giuliani, and served as a presidential appointee to the Dept. of Defense under Dick Cheney, also once worked on races with McConnell’s team, said, “McConnell’s an astounding behind-the-scenes operator who’s got control of the most successful fund-raising operation in history.”

Former McConnell staffers run an array of ostensibly independent spending groups, many of which, take tens of millions of dollars from undisclosed donors. Wilson considers McConnell, who has been Majority Leader since 2015, a realist who does whatever is necessary to preserve both his own political survival and the Republicans’ edge in the Senate, which now stands at 53–47.

“He feels no shame about it,” Wilson said. “McConnell has been the most powerful force normalizing Trump in Washington. McConnell knows if their relationship fell apart, it would be a disaster for the Republican majority in the Senate.”

A former avid McConnell supporter, John David Dyche, a lawyer in Louisville and until recently, a staunch conservative columnist, enjoyed unmatched access to McConnell and his papers and published an admiring biography of him in 2009. However, in March of this year, Dyche posted a Twitter thread that caused a lot of talk in the state’s political circles. He wrote that McConnell “of course realizes Trump is a hideous human being and utterly unfit to be president,” and that, in standing by Trump anyway, he has shown he has “no ideology except his own political power.”

After the coronavirus shut down most of America, Dyche announced he was contributing to McConnell’s opponent, Amy McGrath, and tweeted, “Those who stick with the hideous, incompetent demagogue endanger the country and will be remembered in history as shameful cowards.”

When Obama won his election, Dyche called on the American people to hope, which he assured them, was not simply “blind optimism”. He was referring to “the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs. The hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores. The hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta. The hope of a mill worker’s son, who dared to defy the odds. The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believed America had a place for him too. Hope! Hope in the face of difficulty! Hope in the face of uncertainty! The audacity of hope! In the end,” he concluded, “That is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation. A belief in things not seen. A belief there are better days ahead.”

Immediately following Obama’s election, McConnell proclaimed, “My number one priority is making sure president Obama is a one-term president” and reiterated he “Had no intention to co-operate with the new president.” With those words, hopes for unity were dashed upon the rocks and the fierce divide that existed during George Bush’s presidency was cast in concrete.

Congressional gridlock followed as Republicans aligned behind him and vowed to thwart every piece of the new president’s agenda.

If Biden wins and is faced with a Republican Senate led by Mitch McConnell, GRIDLOCK is absolutely certain. McConnell will thwart any efforts for unity and poisonous animosity will reign. Like before, he will refuse to collaborate and his Republican co-conspirators will once again blindly follow.

We cannot sustain another four years of this…………….

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