It’s remarkable when you consider that the person who could be considered among the most influential people in the history of the United States is a Senator from the 26th most populous state in the country - a state of 4.5 million people, a state with fewer people than the greater Boston area, a state who re-elected him with a grand total 800,000 votes in 2014.
Mitch McConnell presided as minority leader over a successful policy of complete obstruction, and followed up as majority leader with unprecedented control over every bill to reach the senate floor in a tightly divided senate. His crowning achievements will be the bookend SCOTUS appointments, one in which he successfully blocked a qualified nominee for with 11 months before the presidential election claiming “the people should decide” and one in which he’ll fast-track a Trump nominee with 46 days to go before the presidential election claiming “Donald Trump should decide”. There really can be no comparable hypocrisy in American history with anywhere near the social and political impact.
I am a left-leaner who favored the confirmation of both Gorsuch an Kavanaugh believing that we should try to take politics out of the SCOTUS confirmation process. RBG was confirmed under Clinton by a 97-3 vote. What’s right is right, and supporting McConnell in the process that he is clearly embarking is ethically bankrupt and dangerous to our democracy. Let 350,000,000 Americans decide rather than 800K Kentuckians.
There is no whataboutism that could compare to what may happen in the next 6 weeks, or worse, in a lame duck senate. Shame on Dems for their own obstruction for sure, but MCConnell’s manipulation can’t be right for America. If America votes DJT back in, you’ll have your 6th conservative and a lock on everything social conservatives want over the next 20 years. Do it right.