Mitch McConnell always thought he was a genius who would be an amazing strategic master of Senate rules.
What has McConnell actually done to the Senate?
First, in his unprecedented race-based obstruction to President Obama (unprecedented record of filibusters, more than all previous administrations combined, and an unprecedented obstruction of judicial and even executive appointments) he forced the Democrats to put an end to most filibusters and destroyed the Senate’s reputation for thoughtful, civil deliberation.
Then, in the next administration, his unprecedented brown-nosing (fecal sniffing) of Trump’s massive horse’s rear end, essentially abdicated the power and role of the Senate as a check on the presidency. Past Senate majorities, of both parties, fiercely guarded their power and autonomy and would stand up to presidents (of either party) and work with presidents (of either party) in ways that would enhance their independent power base.
McConnell has, turtle-like, crawled into a little shell, given up the power he had, and has become the least effective Senate majority leader in the history of this country.
And the Senate has suffered, both in power and prestige (and civility, too), in ways that will take decades (if ever) to recover from.
April 11, 2017