Beating Senate crime boss Mitch McConnell, the self-described grim reaper in 2020 and taking back the Senate is just as important as beating the executive office crime boss Donald Trump. Exposing voters to the way in which the majority leader has made the Senate a graveyard for legislation that has broad support among voters is a great way to start. Particularly now the McConnell family’s graft and corruption been exposed.
Mitch McConnell likes to call himself the “grim reaper,” which is a rather odd label for a politician to embrace during a year when he is running for reelection. But if you want to cast yourself as the champion of “nostalgia voters” and embrace a revanchist agenda, killing off anything that helps the country adapt to the future might work.
But one thing is worth noting about McConnell’s response to this latest messaging. When discussing it with Fox talking head Laura Ingraham, the majority leader embraced his role as the grim reaper, killing off what he mislabels as “socialism.” The examples he gave didn’t fit the framing because they all have broad bipartisan support among voters. Instead, he named proposals that haven’t passed in the House: the Green New Deal, single-payer health care, and discussions about granting statehood to Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Wait! Puerto Rico! That one is especially odd because that territory of the United States has absolutely nothing to do with so-called “McConnell socialism”.
What McConnell obviously wants to do is avoid public recognition that he has blocked every bipartisan effort to limit dark money in politics, re-establish net neutrality, strengthen background checks for all gun purchases, provided real protections for Dreamers, establish paycheck fairness, and pass the Violence Against Women Act. We can now add that he continues to block all attempts to protect our elections from Russian and other foreign interference.
Democrats should do to McConnell what Republicans have done to Pelosi. I was referring to the way that she became the poster child that every Republican ran against.
All Democratic candidates for running for Senate should make the case that a vote for their opponent is a vote for McConnell and against our values in a democracy. This is one time when democrats should worry about taking a page out of the Republican playbook.
Based on a story in AlterNet