Mitch McConnell Just Proved He’s The Most Evil Politician In U.S. History
Once in a while, a politician becomes so powerful and yet so corrupt and destructive that he or she does immense damage to the branch of government in which she or he serves.
To put it in perspective, Richard Nixon damaged the presidency, Newt Gingrich turned the House of Representatives into a mixed martial arts arena, and Roger Taney forever stained the Supreme Court with the Dred Scott decision. But it takes someone extremely evil, someone rare, someone spectacularly Machiavellian and malevolent, to screw up all three branches of government.
Enters Mitch McConnell. The strutting, soft-spoken Senator from Kentucky has, in just a few short years, done lasting damage to the presidency, the Senate and the Supreme Court.
Here’s how McConnell has screwed up American Democracy:
U.S. intelligence knew Vladimir Putin’s henchmen were attacking America, using cyber warfare tactics to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Yet when the nonpartisan leaders of our intelligence community briefed McConnell, his reply, according to Washington Post writer Greg Miller, was purely partisan: “You’re trying to screw the Republican nominee.”
Now let that thought sink in for a moment.
McConnell not only refused to condemn the Russians, Miller writes, he threatened to attack the US intelligence community, labeling its call to defend America an act of partisan politics.
By helping hobble our defense against the dark arts of Putin, McConnell has tainted Donald Trump’s presidency. The noted media scholar Kathleen Hall Jamieson has carefully examined the Russian effort, and has concluded that without Russia’s help, Trump would not be President.
Yes, Trump’s legitimacy is questionable, in part because McConnell refused to defend our presidential electoral system when it came under foreign attack.
McConnell’s naked partisanship not only has damaged the presidency, but it also crippled the Senate and the Supreme court.
By refusing even to meet with President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, and by blocking hearings on his nomination, McConnell deeply harmed the comity on which the Senate is supposed to run.
Not content with simply stealing Garland’s seat for Trump, McConnell rammed through the nomination of the profoundly unpopular Brett Kavanaugh. The court now has four justices appointed by Presidents who originally came into office after losing the popular vote.
For decades to come, American citizens will witness the erosion of their constitutional rights –civil rights, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, women’s rights, reproductive rights, consumer rights, environmental protections– thanks to Mitch McConnell.
Yes, McConnell’s naked partisanship is destroying American Democracy. One wonders how it will ever recover.