We’ll always praise Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his backbone last year when the pressure was coming from all sides to confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, but his bravery in that instance has only highlighted his cowardice in most others. Cowardice? Maybe it’s that, maybe it’s just a species of elitist hard-headedness that puts him way out of touch with conservative voters. Maybe it’s just a thick vein of selfish interest that puts his own power as a priority over every single other issue important to the American people. Maybe it’s just simple incompetence. Whatever it is, it’s clear that McConnell is in over his head and his utter failure on Obamacare should be the nail in the coffin of his political career.
Oh, but to hear McConnell tell it, it’s DONALD TRUMP who needs to adjust expectations when it comes to the Senate majority’s ability to get things done. In a speech to the Rotary Club on Monday, McConnell said that Trump’s inexperience as a politician was leading voters to misperceive the actual function of Congress…?!
“Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before,” said McConnell. “I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process. Part of the reason I think people think we’re under-performing is because of too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality of the legislature which may have not been understood.”
Wow. If we may, Mr. McConnell, could you explain to us exactly where President Trump may have developed these “excessive expectations” that he supposedly holds? Oh, and a follow-up: Could you give us any insight as to where these “artificial deadlines” might have come from?
Well, since you’re not answering, we’ll go ahead and supply the answer: They came from YOU! They came from you and the rest of your party, who have been telling everyone in the country that you guys were going to rip Obamacare out of the ground “root and branch” once you got a taste of power in Washington.
And now you have the temerity – the GALL – to say that your failure is not really a failure at all? That the only problem with your bungling of Obamacare repeal is that the president had unrealistic expectations? You have to be kidding.