3 Big Blunders Showing Mitch McConnell Isn’t The Legislative Genius He Thinks He Is

3 Big Blunders Showing Mitch McConnell Isn’t The Legislative Genius He Thinks He Is


For someone held up as a legislative genius/strategical mastermind, Mitch McConnell sure has had a run of clunkers lately.

The Kentucky senator and Senate minority leader, who embraced the moniker Darth Vader for his purported ability to thwart Democrats’ ambitions, looked foolish last week. The Republican leader flopped when his Democratic counterpart, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced a deal with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on a tax-and-spending binge mere hours after McConnell and 16 other Republicans voted on final passage of a pork-laden spending bill they had previously vowed to stop.

But last week’s debacle, in which Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said Republicans “got rinky-doo’d — that’s a Louisiana word for ‘screwed,’” represents only the most recent instance of McConnell’s stratagems coming a-cropper. In reality, Schumer

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