Should Mitch McConnell Influence Local Elections?

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

When we point out how Democrats rig their elections, what are we to make of Senator Mitch McConnell?

I really appreciate all the times Mitch McConnell has defended President Trump. I was happy when he refused to let the Senate vote to “protect” the Mueller investigation:

But the problem is, how does one support a populist revolution? McConnell wants to maintain Republican control of the Senate. I agree with that agenda. But McConnell did not, as far as I know, expect Donald Trump to win the national election. So he is fallible in his judgments about who can win an election against a Democrat opponent. That fallibility makes me wonder about him picking who to support in the Republican primaries.

The Washington Times reports, “Love him or hate him, Mitch McConnell is the biggest factor in battle for Senate control.

Mitch McConnell has been the Senate Republican leader for more than a decade, but never has his influence been more felt than this election year as he tries to defend his party’s slim majority against Democrats riding an anti-Trump wave.

Whether he is shaping the agenda for incumbents or putting his finger on the scales to help pick nominees for open seats, Mr. McConnell — as well as President Trump — is the biggest factor in control of the Senate.

Defenders say Mr. McConnell has handled both roles masterfully. Republicans can run on a tax cut, a new Supreme Court justice and a host of erased Obama-era regulations. The majority leader also is working to make sure weak candidates don’t win the party’s nomination in key states.

But some insurgent Republicans whom Mr. McConnell is working to defeat say he will cost the party seats it otherwise would win in November. They also accuse him of undercutting Mr. Trump and the conservative movement by backing candidates who are less committed to the president’s agenda.

“If Mitch were balancing the budget and passing real tax cuts for the middle class and had an alternative to Obamacare that gave people quality health insurance at a lower cost, then interfere all you want,” said Rick Tyler, a senior adviser to Chris McDaniel, an insurgent Republican in Mississippi who is running for a Senate seat.

Otherwise, Mr. Tyler said, he should butt out.

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As majority leader, he has struggled to pass an Obamacare repeal or an immigration bill, has been unable to advance major gun rights or pro-life legislation, and has overseen a massive jump in debt and spending.

But he delivered a $1.5 trillion tax cut package and an end to Obamacare’s individual mandate. In perhaps his biggest coup, he held off action on President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court so the new president could fill the vacancy. That turned out to be Mr. Trump, who picked conservative star Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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