Mitch McConnell has earned the nickname “The Grim Reaper.” But instead of burying Woke Democrats in critical election races, McConnell is presiding over the death of the Republican Party.
One thing that the McLeader of the Republican Party was able to bury deep in the morass of a bloated $1.7 trillion “omnibus” spending package was a parting shot for former President Donald Trump.
18 Senate Republicans, including McConnell, sided with rabidly anti-Trump Democrats to pass a measure called the “Electoral Reform Act.”
The legislative reform deprives the vice president of the power to return slates of electors to contested states, as Trump demanded that former Vice President Mike Pence to do on Jan. 6, 2021.
The ERA now states that the vice president has solely a ministerial role in presiding over the joint session of Congress when lawmakers certify Electoral College results.
Even more striking is the Congress raising the threshold to return a slates of electors to a state to one-fifth of the House and one-fifth of the Senate. This change would require nearly half of a party’s representatives and senators to vote in unison to return a slate of electors to a state if there is nearly even control over the legislative branch.
The GOP senators thus rebuked Trump’s argument posted on Truth Social that the 1887 Electoral Count Act be left the way it is “in case of Fraud.”
Trump argued it is “probably better to leave” the Electoral Count Act “the way it is so that it can be adjusted in case of fraud.”
“What I don’t like are the lies and ‘disinformation’ put out by the Democrats and RINOs. They said the vice president has ‘absolutely no choice,’ it was carved in ‘steel,’ but if he has no choice, why are they changing the law saying he has no choice?” Trump posted.
Mitch McConnell wasn’t finished taking shots at Donald Trump, however. The Senate minority leader had one name in mind when it came to finding a scapegoat for the GOP’s dreadful underperformance in the midterm elections: Donald Trump.
“Here’s what I think has changed: I think the former president’s political clout has diminished,” McConnell told NBC News in a recent interview.
“We can do a better job with less potential interference,” he said. “The former president may have other things to do.”
McConnell on Friday also blamed Trump for tarnishing the party’s image among independents at a critical juncture ahead of the election.
“We lost support that we needed among independents and moderate Republicans, primarily related to the view they had of us as a party — largely made by the former president — that we were sort of nasty and tended toward chaos,” McConnell said. “And oddly enough, even though that subset of voters did not approve of President Biden, they didn’t have enough confidence in us in several instances to give us the majority we needed.”
The Republican Party’s “McLeadership” — a three-headed monstrosity of woefully underperforming party fixtures, namely, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel — is desperately seeking to deflect blame for the expected “Red Wave” election turning into a light pink trickle.
Donald Trump has become the convenient scapegoat for the GOP’s failures and the Democratic Party’s bogeyman invoked to justify their extreme weaponization of the U.S. government, replete with never-ending witch hunts, show trials, and political prisoners.
But no one has done more to undermine Republican Party fortunes than Mitch McConnell. Would-be Senator Blake Masters lost Arizona due mainly to an “underfunded” campaign, thanks largely to a McConnell Super PAC yanking funding early in the race. McConnell took that funding to back a RINO in the Alaska Senate race, whose primary competition was a Trump-backed Republican.
McConnell’s post-election pronouncement that he was merely “playing the hand he was dealt” in the midterm elections is revisionist history — and that’s a polite way of saying it’s bullshit.
“Trump’s support was so significant — we could have spent a lot of money, maybe trying to come up with a different candidate and maybe not succeeding,” McConnell claimed.
Or, alternatively, these two Republican leaders could have come together for the good of the country and sought out quality candidates who are “America First.” That would require the GOP to do some soul-searching about what its voters actually want, while calling upon Trump and McConnell to set aside their egos and work things out together.
If the Republican leadership and MAGA nation can’t reconcile their differences ahead of the 2024 election, the conflict could lead to an even bigger disaster than the midterm elections. And next time, McConnell has ensured that Donald Trump will have an even more difficult time finding a sufficient number of allies in Congress to help him contest a “rigged” election.
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