Politics Mitch McConnell's 2022 agenda? Do nothing.
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Give Mitch McConnell this: He is remarkably transparent about his political aims.
Take the Senate minority leader's strategy on building a set of policies on which Republicans can run in 2022. That strategy? He's not doing it.
"Mitch McConnell has told colleagues and donors Senate Republicans won't release a legislative agenda before next year's midterms, according to people who've attended private meetings with the minority leader,".
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At the same time, some Republicans in McConnell's caucus have pushed anti-vaccine misinformation and refused to get the vaccine."Not enough people are vaccinated," McConnell, a Polio survivor who got his shot last December, told Reuters. "So we're trying to get them to reconsider and get back on the path to get us to some level of herd immunity.
The piece went on to note that "McConnell has long held the view that putting out an agenda ahead of midterm elections is a mistake — at least for Senate Republicans."
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McConnell's theory of the case is simple: Midterm elections when your party is out of power in Congress and the White House should be solely a referendum on what the other side has done for the last two years.
Voters, under this line of thinking, have little interest in knowing what Republicans would do if they were put in charge in Washington in 2023. Instead, they simply want Republicans to be the alternative party, the party that, well, isn't currently in charge.
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Mitch McConnell would like everyone in the Republican Party to forget all about Donald Trump -- and the last four years. © Olivier/Pool/Getty Images US President Donald Trump (L) talks to the press as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) looks on after the Republican luncheon at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. "I do think we need to be thinking about the future and not the past," McConnell told CNN's Manu Raju last month when asked about candidates embracing Trump.
Proposing an agenda -- a la Newt Gingrich's famous/infamous "Contract with America" in 1994 -- only gives Democrats something to punch at, a way to change the subject from Covid-19 and inflation worries to what a Republican-controlled Congress would look like and do.
Cynical? You bet. After all, democracy in its purest form has the two major parties offering their competing visions for the country and fully informed voters making a choice between the two.
But, as McConnell well knows, that's not really how politics works most of the time. And no one is more willing to do whatever it takes to win than McConnell.
The Point: McConnell has made a career of realpolitik. This is just one more example.
Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy Have One Brain and No Heart Between Them .
Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer started talking to each other a few weeks ago. It began with a confab in Schumer’s car and continued long enough for McConnell to clear the way for Democrats to raise the debt ceiling Thursday afternoon. This follows on McConnell killing a serious threat last Friday by two Senators to shut down the government unless Biden withdrew his vaccine mandates. The Old Crow, as Trump derides him, delivered 13 votes for infrastructure, to give his 2022 candidates ribbon-cutting opportunities but also because it was the right thing to do for the nation’s falling down bridges and roads.