If you asked me to sum up what’s wrong with politics today in two words, my answer would be: “Mitch McConnell.”
Don’t believe me? Just listen to the opening sentence in yesterday New York Times profile of McConnell:
“Before the health care fight, before the economic stimulus package, before President Obama even took office, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, had a strategy for his party: use his extensive knowledge of Senate procedure to slow things down, take advantage of the difficulties Democrats would have in government and deny Democrats any Republican support on big legislation.”
The entire Republican plan was to obstruct, delay, deny, kill. And that’s all they’ve done, on every issue.
No wonder people are sick of the health care debate.
No wonder people are sick of politics.
Because that’s not how politics is supposed to work.
Republicans were not elected just to get in the way. Republicans and Democrats were elected to get things done.
The problems facing America today are too serious for years of inaction.
Since Mitch McConnell and his band of Republicans refuse to work with Democrats to solve problems, they should get out of the way and let us replace them with people who will.
That’s my parting shot for today.