Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has eliminated the last vestiges of the filibuster for appointees and has rubber-stamped a slew of corrupt, incompetent and unfit nominees- many of them executive branch picks who already washed out and partisan judges with scant experience. He’s deflected criticism of President Trump’s vile racism and constant lies, and has refused to read the Mueller report, let alone recognize its stunning findings. McConnell has also become the chief obstructionist – a peculiar role for a majority leader with a president from his own party in the White House.
That stance triggered an avalanche of criticism from the media and Democratic lawmakers. McConnell, normally impervious to criticism, was thrown off his game when #MoscowMitch started trending on Twitter. (This may be the most effective political moniker of the Trump era.) McConnell, of course, was a Cold War pugilist, but his new appellation perfectly fits his current role as enabler of Trump, who, in turn, enables Russian President Vladimir Putin. McConnell showed his fury on the floor by citing the insults of his critics, including Post columnist Dana Milbank. (Pro tip for McConnell: Don’t repeat “Moscow Mitch” when you are trying to defuse its potency.)
McConnell declared that “so long as the Senate Republicans prevent legislation from reaching the floor; so long as they oppose additional appropriations to the states; so long as they malign election security provisions as ‘partisan wish lists,’ the critics are right to say Leader McConnell and Republican Senators are blocking election security. Because at the moment that’s true.” Well, at least he didn’t call him Moscow Mitch. McConnell just hates being called Moscow Mitch.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earned the moniker “Moscow Mitch” for refusing to protect elections from Russian interference. You can’t blame him – Russians want to help the GOP take over the USA, so why would he stand in their way?
In his annual Fancy Farm Picnic speech in Kentucky, Mitch McConnell did his best to remind folks that he’s nothing like those strange lifeforms in “California and New York,” and is “guy who sticks up for middle America,” but most of his soporific platitudes were drowned out by middle Americans who think he’s a traitor.
While McConnell praised Coats and singled out his role in helping coordinate the response to Russia’s election-meddling efforts. Whatever the case, wish a successful presidential election!