McConnell’s legacy will be obstructionism

In McConnell’s view, the duty of the opposition is to oppose — and to do everything it can to win the majority back. We shouldn't be surprised.



January 27, 2021 - 9:14 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 20, 2020. Photo by (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/tNS)

In the first days after a mob invaded the Capitol to try to halt President Biden’s election, a welcome wave of bipartisan anger rippled through Washington.

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader in the Senate, condemned the riot as an assault on democracy, accused former President Trump of provoking the mob and even said he would consider voting to convict Trump in an impeachment trial.

But if the Kentucky senator seemed for a moment to be embracing Biden’s call for unity,  it didn’t stick.

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