Early in Barack Obama’s presidency, Sen. Mitch McConnell announced his most important achievement would be to make Obama a one-term president. Ever since, McConnell has opposed anything Obama and Democrats have introduced, even if originally Republican-proposed. This includes blocking legislation put forward to rescue the lower- and middle-income working classes, many of whom have been unjustly left behind.
These angry, marginalized workers were fertile ground for the lies, hate and bigotry of Donald Trump; consequently, many were drawn to him, even though he’s always favored the rich, especially with his tax cuts. Belatedly, McConnell has shown signs of realizing his actions have created a monster.
The first major sign that McConnell realized his mistakes was his strong criticism of Trump during impeachment proceedings following the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. This provided McConnell, with his influence on Republican senators, an opportunity to end the monster’s political life, but McConnell lacked the courage to vote accordingly for conviction.
More recently, McConnell criticized the Republican National Committee’s censure of Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger and its characterization of the Trump-inspired Jan. 6 insurrection as “legitimate political discourse”.
But much damage has already been done, and McConnell and Republican cowardice precludes any chance of getting the monster back into the barn.