Mitch McConnell on Obamacare-That Was Then This is Now
I wrote about McConnell in the last post.
McConnell’s refusal to cooperate with Obama proves he’s a republican first and an American second
“In 2009 as the economy reeled from the worst recession since the Great Depression, Mitch McConnell’s top priority was not beating the recession but beating Obama.”
“Very cynically, McConnell reasoned that even if GOP obstruction slowed down the recovery, Obama as the President and his party would get the blame-as Americans give the President magical powers over the economy while the Constitution gives him powers that are greatly limited.”
“Ultimately, McConnell’s cynical gambit worked and the GOP won big electoral victories in 2010, 2014 and finally 2016.”
Then there was the the way he played debt ceiling chicken for partisan gain and refused to even hold a hearing for Merrick Garland which were also unprecedented actions that violated long standing norms in U.S. politics.
He truly is the most shameful man in America. His partisan, tribal blinders obscure everything. You might have thought that the interference of a hostile foreign power in our own election would have changed things for Mitch McConnell, but you’d be wrong. There is for this cynical partisan, nothing that constitutes a water’s edge he won’t seek further partisan advantage from.
For those who believe my criticism is merely ‘partisan’ let’s look at his own words. Here he is in his 2016 autobiography, The Long Game.
“Over the three decades I have been a US senator, I’ve been the subject of many profiles. I usually play the villain, according to the standard good guy/bad guy accounts favored by most Washington reporters. The more positive ones tend to focus on my ability to broker deals with supposed adversaries, keep my head when others don’t, and win elections I’m not supposed to. Until now, though, no one has ever tried to write the story as I see it, which is really my doing. I only talk to the press if it’s to my advantage, and I always discourage my staff from revealing details of my meetings with presidents and other public figures.”
Gee, that’s too bad. I’m sure that’s the only reason he’s seen as an unprincipled partisan hack is partisan Democrats and ‘fake news.’
Or is it possible this has something to do with it:
“No better example exists of this than the story behind the passage of Obamacare. When Democrats in the Senate couldn’t convince even one Republican that this bill was worth supporting as written, they decided to do it on their own and pass it on a party line vote. And now we’re seeing the result. The chaos this law has visited on our country isn’t just deeply tragic, it was entirely predictable. That will always be the case if you approach legislation without regard for the views of the other side. Without some meaningful buy-in, you guarantee a food fight. You guarantee instability and strife.”
“It may very well have been the case that on Obamacare, the will of the country was not to pass the bill at all. That’s what I would have concluded if Republicans couldn’t get a single Democratic vote for legislation of this magnitude. But Democrats plowed forward anyway. They didn’t want to hear it and the results are clear. It’s a mess.”
pg. 3. The Long Game.
That’s why this other biography on ole Mitch gets to the hart of the matter-he’s a cynic, plain and simple.
As usual everything with the GOP is projection. McConnell and his GOP friends had quite unfairly characterized the ACA process as being a ram through. But Harry Reid had more days of hearings on Obamacare than the number of hours of hearings McConnell intends to have for deliberating on Trumpcare which will simply eviscerate Medicaid and much of state government besides it.
Speaking of GOP cynicism, Trump and friends are putting up a lot of money to intimidate Dean Heller into voting for Trumpcare.
“As you may be aware, Nevada’s Republican Senator Dean Heller has come out as the 5th Republican to oppose the recent Senate Healthcare Bill. This of course can not please President Trump or the GOP. Apparently people close to the President are so angry at Heller’s position that they have paid Twitter to promote the hashtag #HellerVoteYes in order to pressure the Senator into changing his stance. Under the hashtag promotion, the advertisement states, “Tell Sen. Heller to vote YES to repeal and replace ObamaCare! — Promoted by AmericaFirstPolicies“.
“While there is nothing illegal about what Trump’s former aides are doing here, likely at the direction of the President himself, it is rather an odd approach at trying to intimidate a Senator in order to change their stance on a bill.”
“Many who oppose the bill are now tweeting with the hashtag #HellerVoteNo, in an effort to counter the paid advertisement.”
I noticed that trending early and knew it must have a lot of help.
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
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Please donate to help me in my part of the effort to fight for a Dem House-$5 or $10 can do so much.
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Thank you. We must have a Dem House. And so, we will.