McConnell has reportedly rewritten his ideological history. During an anniversary celebration for the Voting Rights Act in 2008, instead of speaking about how he had voted for Lyndon Johnson and had supposedly been frustrated by anti-civil rights political operatives in the late 1960s, he told the audience that what he had learned from Lyndon B. Johnson was how to “amass power and how to use it.” At least he has rewritten it to reflect that craven person he has become.
But probably the most telling tidbit about Mitch McConnell is the social media back-and-forth within his own family. His youngest daughter, Porter McConnell, a liberal-leaning, campaign director for Take on Wall Street, had this to say about the For the People Act (H.R. 1) in February.
“We need to pass #HR1 & fight like hell against these bills. Because if they win, we can kiss democracy goodbye for another generation.”
Two weeks later McConnell gave his response: “This is the worst bill I’ve observed in my time in the Senate.”
Since that time, McConnell has done his best to try and take apart any meaningful voting rights legislation. Besides his normal fundraising schedule and frequent calls to Sen. Joe Manchin, McConnell’s biggest public statements in the past few months have attacked any attempts at coming to a nonpartisan agreement … on voting. The only end game here is oligarchical rule.
The story points out how McConnell, who may or may not have been very angry about being the target of the MAGA mobs trying to take over the government on Jan. 6, 2021, received nothing in return for protecting Donald Trump. In fact, Trump described McConnell like this: “He’s a stupid person. I don’t think he’s smart enough.” Trump was reportedly talking about McConnell’s refusal to completely end the filibuster during his administration. Is Mitch McConnell not “smart enough”?
No, Mitch McConnell is just smart enough. But what the Post misses is that Mitch McConnell’s greatest blindspot, in his craven crawl to the top of his party, is that he has never had any true vision for anything more than his power. Because to have true vision as a leader, one must be able to see a world in which one no longer exists.
In creating a world that demands individuals look out only for themselves with no regard for anyone or anything else, Mitch has helped to create a base of voters who don’t care about anyone but themselves. In fostering a fear-mongering and anger-baiting platform of completely impotent policies, Mitch has just created a voting base that will blindly follow whoever tells them it’s not their fault, and will attack whomever that false idol points at. McConnell is just reaping what he’s sown.