Seasoned Washington Post columnist George Will judges Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to be “the most consequential conservative since Ronald Reagan.” It’s arguable, but there is a strong case.
Even if he isn’t, even if he’s second, or third, or fourth, it wouldn’t provide Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham the cushion to be as discourteous as he was to McConnell on Fox News Sunday.
Graham was highly critical of McConnell’s post-acquittal criticism of former President Donald Trump, in which the Republican leader said that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the riot. Graham told host Chris Wallace, “McConnell’s speech — he got a load off a chest, obviously, but unfortunately, he put a load on the back of Republicans.”
The party has been bearing its “load” ever since the riot — and arguably since before even then. The many censures of Republican members for supporting impeachment, and other friendly fire from the likes of Republican Rep. Matt