Mitch McConnell Defends His Turf

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Mitch McConnell Defends His Turf

In the week following July 4th, rare sightings of a strange creature from the east were reported across Kentucky. When he visits the state where he has served in the Senate since 1985, Mitch McConnell, the old swamp monster from Washington, DC, usually roams not far from the Tony Louisville neighborhood, where he has a residence. A senior Democrat told me last summer at Fancy Farm, the state’s annual political picnic, “If that buzzard shows up all over Kentucky, you can be damn sure of one thing: He’s up for re-election. ”

Sure enough, as he was heading for his seventh term in the Senate, McConnell showed up in all sorts of unlikely locations during the traditional two-week hiatus on July 4th. The Senate majority leader had left Washington when he protested because he had refused to cancel the break. Democrats, too, seemed to think that passing another coronavirus aid package to deal with the pandemic and economic collapse should take precedence over holidays or campaigns.

McConnell didn’t turn a blind eye. There has never been a more pressing business for him than his next campaign. “More than anyone in Washington, he is an example of the permanent campaign mindset that is about winning the next election and nothing else matters” explains Alec MacGillis, the aptly titled biography of McConnell The cynic. “For McConnell, it’s not really about what he does while in power, or tackling problems [pursue] his party’s political goals, whatever they are. It’s really just about preparing to win the next race. “

And so the millions of Americans desperately concerned about evictions, school reopening plans, stimulus controls, and unemployment benefits – not to mention life and death in the Covid-19 cases – just had to cool their jets until McConnell, Jan. July Returned In Morehead and Willisburg, Bardstown and Glasgow, Bowling Green and Henderson, Leitchfield and Covington, there were far more pressing matters to attend to, to name but a few of his stops. He did not hold any rallies in these places. He doesn’t make any rallies, any more than he mingles with voters. This was a carefully scripted photo op tour designed to highlight the senator’s caring, compassion, generosity, and statesmanship during the pandemic.

For example, on Monday, July 6th, the Senate majority leader could be found standing at a microphone at Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, funded by the Cares Act in March. Virtually every stop on his itinerary has been a hospital or health clinic that has been funded – meaning everywhere he goes he will be commended and thanked for his carefully calibrated remarks that urge Kentuckians to take personal responsibility during the pandemic take. “Everyone has a role to play to make this happen,” McConnell said solemnly in the distinctive, profound expression he acquired as a child in Alabama and Georgia. “It was clear that when we started opening up the economy again, a lot of people thought, ‘Let the good times roll. “And a lot of people went out and we saw the cases worsen.” His face was a perfect expression of disapproval. “Since we’re not going to close the economy again, we have to figure out how to work this through and the best we can do is wear a mask.” He waved a light blue disposable model in the air to make an impact.

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