Mitch McConnell is a lot of things. He’s a Kentuckyan, a decent guy from what I hear, and the consummate politician. But there’s one thing Mitch McConnell isn’t and that’s a leader.
Senate leaders of either party need to be able to get an agenda through their side quickly and effectively. For all of Harry Reid’s faults, he was a good leader because he could follow Bobo Obama’s direction, and when Obama needed something passed, Reid was there to help out. And he usually got it done.
For Mitch McConnell, he played the role of minority leader very well. He was able to bash the other side without sounding mean (which is something Chuck Schumer needs to learn how to do). But when it comes to leadership from the majority, Mitch isn’t getting it done. He’s blown two chances to get Obamacare repeals taken care of, and ended up failing both times. Sorry folks, but REAL leaders are able to make that happen. REAL leaders find a way to bring 50 people together to get it done. He is not a real leader, and the call for him to resign by the Tea Party, the Conservative Caucus, and yes, even his fellow Republican senators will force him from office. The only question is, will it be sooner rather than later.
One of the biggest jobs McConnell has is to enact the president’s agenda. He has been unable to do that. Congress is wallowing in 12% approval ratings (though some polls have it as high as 16%). It’s not because the public doesn’t like the things that the congress is trying to pass. It’s because of the inability of the congressional leaders (and yes…I’m looking at you Paul Ryan), to get things done. Trump has some pretty good ideas, and some ideas that are really out there. But the one good idea that congress hasn’t been able to get passed is the repeal of Obamacare, which should be a no-brainer.
The biggest problem with it is they waited until Trump was elected before they started writing the bill. You don’t write an omnibus bill like that without going through all of the steps, and the GOP frankly, skipped a LOT of steps. They didn’t do their due diligence. They didn’t do their homework. They threw together a few bills (and I’m looking at the House as well here) that quite frankly were patchwork and not good law. And they tried to cajole members into backing it. That’s not good leadership, and Mitch McConnell has to pay the ultimate price for his inability to lead. He has to go.
Don’t worry. His wife is still employed in the Trump administration. Elaine Chao will continue to serve as Transportation Secretary, and she’s doing a decent job. Mitch should have taken leadership lessons from her!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!