Merriam-Webster defines corruption as “dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people” and using that definition MITCH MCCONNELL’S political career appears to fit the definition. From switching his positions based on the campaign he is in, removing sanctions against a Russian Oligarch to that Oigarch immediately investing $200M into opening a new KY plant, his routinely false election ads, changing traditional rules and procedures in the senate based solely on partisan politics, withholding information in 2016 that President Obama had wanted to be told to Congress about the Russian interference in our 2016 elections, blocking gun reform and election security legislation, and to the dark money donations of his “nonprofit”, One Nation, and so much more, this site outlines a 35-year political career of intentional obstruction, deception, and corruption!

“Dark money” nonprofits Kentucky Opportunity Coalition and the Kentuckians for Strong Leadership super PAC combined to boost McConnell with $14 million in mainly negative, deceptive, smear ads in his last election. 

Stack of hundred dollar bills. You Just Cant Trust Him. Mitch McConnell Obstruction Deception


Moscow Mitch McConnell hasn’t done that much for Kentuckians over the past 35 years but MITCH HAS DONE A LOT to EVERY American living in EVERY state! He has a stranglehold on your Senators and is the one leading the TOTAL dysfunction of our country.

Some of the most destructive things done in history to our democracy has been as a result of MITCH MCCONNELL’S actions or inactions. On this page and our Why Mitch? page we will fully explain those destructive things and so much more! Our founding fathers never envisioned ONE person consolidating this much POWER to CONTROL our entire government!

MITCH MCCONNELL has single-handily SHUT DOWN ONE of our three branches of government. Mitch has over 500 bi-partisan bills from the House and Senate that the American people have asked for sitting in his “graveyard” even bragging, “He’s the Grim Reaper!”

Additionally, Mitch has a chokehold on the OTHER 99 SENATORS from EVERY STATE!

Mitch also controls the purse-strings of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and therefore determines how much Republicans do and do not get for their reelection campaigns. That’s his reign over the other Republican Senators! Do what Mitch says and stay in line and you are rewarded handsomely. Daresay something he doesn’t approve of or step out of line and you won’t get any support for your reelection from the party, Mitch will primary you and your Senatorial career is OVER! We’ve witnessed it happen when Republican Senators honestly speak their minds.

Furthermore, MITCH MCCONNELL’S blatant lack of leadership and CARD BLANCHE he’s given TRUMP to do whatever lawless, inhumane, self-serving, authoritarian thing Trump’s twisted mind comes up with permits the executive branch to do anything without Senate oversight and is left unchecked and unaccountable!

Don’t expect a flashy, glitzy website, it’s about MITCH MCCONNELL’S POLITICAL CAREER, after all, which is critical information about what he has and hasn’t done to our country but it’s just not very exciting! It’s very enlightening, shocking and scandalous and should make every reader furious but be prepared on reading paragraph after paragraph and news article after news article of the most despicable things an elected official could ever think of to do.

We’ve tried to lighten up the website with some memes and amusing photos we’ve collected off the web over the years but there’s nothing funny about MITCH MCCONNELL and what he’s done and is doing to our democracy. But, if you’re serious about ending MITCH MCCONNELL’S REIGN OF TERROR over our country read on.

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‘Absolutely destroying Senate norms’: Mitch McConnell slammed by former US senator

Ben Tobin, Louisville Courier Journal Dec. 24, 2019

A former United States senator did not mince words when speaking about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s management of the upper chamber of Congress.

When discussing Congressional partisan divides over President Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings on “Meet The Press,” former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, said that Congress has been “broken” and McConnell has “presided over absolutely destroying Senate norms.”

McCaskill, who served two terms starting in 2007 before losing reelection to Republican Josh Hawley in 2018, pointed to McConnell’s blocking of Judge Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama’s final pick on the U.S. Supreme Court

She also decried McConnell for “killing legislative debate.” McConnell has embraced his reputation as the “Grim Reaper” for killing the progressive measures coming out of the Democratic-controlled House. 

“The Senate is no longer what it was,” McCaskill said Sunday, “and the people of this country are going to have to be the ones politically to put pressure on this dysfunction and say we want unity, we want stuff to get done, we want you to quit the partisan food fight.”

McConnell is embroiled in a fight with Democratic congressional leadership over Senate proceedings for Trump’s impeachment trial. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants an agreement up front that arranges for specific witnesses to be called, but McConnell has said that issue should be addressed in the proceedings.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not send over the articles of impeachment, which the House passed on Dec. 18, to the Senate until procedures are established.

The Republican Senator from Kentucky criticized this decision on Fox News Monday, calling it “a rather absurd position.”

“She’s apparently trying to tell us how to run the trial,” McConnell said. “You know, I’m not anxious to have this trial, so if she wants to hold onto the papers, go right ahead.”


The ONLY way to STOP MITCH is with MONEY! LOTS and LOTS OF MONEY to counter his LIMITLESS WARCHEST of funds from dark, undisclosed donors and countless PACS! For the first time EVER, You Just Can’t Trust Mitch KENTUCKY SENATE VOTER EDUCATION CAMPAIGN educating ALL KENTUCKY VOTERS with MITCH MCCONNELL’S REAL FACTS and let INFORMED VOTERS make an INFORMED DECISION. For anyone living in Kentucky under 52-years-old, that means an informed vote with ALL THE FACTS for the first time since they’ve been able to vote! That’s how long MITCH MCCONNELL has been distorting the FACTS IN KENTUCKY AND HOW HE KEEPS WINNING!

While Kentucky Democrats will be donating to Mitch’s challenger’s campaign, ALL AMERICANS must DONATE to Kentucky Senate campaigns. ONLY KENTUCKY VOTERS can decide NOT TO VOTE FOR MITCH MCCONNELL and END his powerful grip on our country! MITCH MCCONNELL AFFECTS ALL AMERICANS in EVERY state and it’s going to take EVERY AMERICAN from EVERY STATE to GET BEHIND A CAMPAIGN TO GET MITCH OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENTAL PROCESSES PERMANENTLY!

MITCH MCCONNELL spent $14M on over 12,000 mainly negative, smear, deceptive ads about his challenger last election. AND, the election before that, AND the election before that! It’s the way MITCH MCCONNELL ALWAYS OPERATES and ALWAYS WINS! He even BRAGS about doing it! America can’t let it happen AGAIN! The Democrat had $19M to spend on their whole campaign last election. We bet their Anti-Mitch ad budget was small if not obsolete. MITCH McConnell spent a total of $31M. In the last two elections, he’s outspent his opponents by over $10M EACH. PLUS, OUTSIDE GROUPS SPENT $22M on his LAST reelection! Read on through the site about where he gets his limitless funds!

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“His great epiphany early on was that he could overcome this deficiency [lacking political charisma] by raising GOBS and GOBS of money, and then using that money to [run] ads that would simply tear down the opponent.”

Read this ABOUT and WHY MITCH? pages first, SIGN-UP on our pop-up V.I.P. SUBSCRIBER list or scroll to the bottom of each page and subscribe to keep informed of MITCH’S latest. SIGN our PETITION demanding MITCH MCCONNELL, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, hold a FULL and COMPLETE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL WITH WITNESSES if the House of Representatives presents the Senate with ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT against President Donald J. Trump. Mitch is saying that he plans to kill any Impeachment in the Senate – remember MITCH doesn’t follow traditional rules and procedures, he makes up the Senate rules as he sees fit like with Merrick Garland (see our NEWS Page).

Some of Mitch’s corrupt actions and his obstruction is listed below:

  • election security, gun reform, health coverage, climate change, immigration, and reproductive rights

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S first bid for office (Jefferson County Judge-Executive — Louisville, KY) in 1977, Mitch courted women’s groups by supporting abortion rights and promised unions that he’d press for collective-bargaining rights for public workers. But for the first time, he also showed how willing he would be to cast aside principles. “Forced busing” had recently been imposed by the courts to desegregate Louisville’s public schools, and McConnell ran in opposition to it; the former civil-rights champion (Young Mitch was gung-ho for civil rights. In 1963, while an undergraduate, he wrote an op-ed urging Republicans to eschew the “constitutional” arguments that Barry Goldwater and other conservatives cited as reasons to oppose the Civil Rights Act. “One must view the Constitution as a document adaptable to conditions of contemporary society,” McConnell wrote. Any “strict interpretation” of the founding document was “inherently evil” if it meant that “basic rights are denied to any group.”) was now pandering to white voters’ anxieties and resentments. (My, how he changes positions on issues to suit his current needs.)

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S unheard of obstruction of Congress! Mitch likes to call himself the “Grim Reaper,” in that he sees it as his job to kill any legislation that comes from the Democratic-controlled House. Mitch is demonstrating that he has no policy goals but instead is obstructing for obstruction’s sake.

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S war chest overflowing with money from Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma & Healthcare, Big Coal, billionaire and dark, undisclosed donors. If you run a Wall Street hedge fund or are a corporate lobbyist, Mitch is your guy!

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S removal of sanctions for the 2016 election interference on Vladimir Putin’s close friend, Oleg Deripaska, and Deripaska’s immediate investment of $200M in a new aluminum mill in KY and Russian investment in Kentucky and all that it implies.

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S refusal to take up bipartisan Election Security legislation (the 9/19/1919 passage of partial funding request of monies did NOTHING to address election security like no passing of bills to strengthen election audits, adopt paper ballots, toughen disclosure on social media and require campaigns to report contact with foreign officials trying to interfere. Real election security is still needed.

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S turning his head the other way on all of Trump’s abusive use of power. Mitch’s own longtime adviser, J. Scott Jennings, has described Mitch as “the principal enabler of the Trump agenda.” That is, of course, not remotely close to what the job of the Majority Leader of the Senate is.

  • MITCH MCCCONNELL has completely shut down the Legislative Branch of the U.S. government. The world’s most deliberative body no longer brings up legislation, debates, compromises and enacts laws (In 2019 there was a three month period where NO legislation was done).

  • MITCH MCCONNELL supported campaign finance reform at the start of his career, he reversed his position quickly. (Mitch explained why after he won his first term in the Senate in 1984 saying, “I never would have been able to win my race if there had been a limit on the amount of money I could raise and spend.”)

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S holding President Obama’s SCOTUS nomination Merrick Garland up and the possible violations the Courts are just now beginning to look in to. When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away during President Obama’s second term, Mitch conjured the ridiculous excuse that Supreme Court vacancies shouldn’t be filled in an election year and refused to allow Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, a single hearing. The unprecedented obstruction succeeded in leaving the seat open for almost a year and is generally considered to be one of the factors that turned out Republicans to vote for Trump in the 2016 election. (Mitch recently has stated that if a SCOTUS post opened now, “he would definitely fill it” )

  • MITCH MCCONNELL refused to work with the Obama administration to publicly condemn Russia for election interference during the 2016 election. The refusal to do so meant that the American public was not informed about the foreign interference before they went to the ballot box. Weeks before the 2016 election, as the Obama administration learned more and more about what Russia was doing to interfere in our presidential election, administration officials asked the leaders of Congress to make a public, united statement against Russia’s interference. But Mitch McConnell refused to sign on, questioning the legitimacy of the intelligence and saying he would consider “any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.” MITCH was the ONLY ONE that OBJECTED!

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S destruction of senate rules and order. Mitch simply doesn’t care about what the Senate accomplishes, which is utterly disqualifying. “Being a Senate majority leader who doesn’t care about almost any particular outcome to any particular political issue not directly related to making sure your funders can fund you actually seems to take quite a bit of responsibility off.

  • MITCH MCCONNELLL’S and his ex-employees Russian connections. Former McConnell chief of staff Hunter Bates and former top McConnell adviser Brendan Dunn, who now work at lobbying giant Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, pressed Congress and the Treasury Department to allow the Russian company Rusal (Deripaska) to invest $200 million to develop an aluminum mill in McConnell’s home state, Politico reported.

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S mockery of ethics rules by partnering with his wife, Dept. of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who set-up a special liason in her office to specifically deal with Kentucky’s projects, to secure $78 million worth of grants for projects in Kentucky favored by Mitch’s KY political allies. Most states do not receive such an intermediary to assist in securing federal funds for state projects and according to the report, it also notes that the acting intermediary, Todd Inman, was handpicked by Chao for the role and counseled both Senate Majority Leader McConnell and local state officials on matters related to grants that held “special significance” for McConnell. The publication of the report prompted harsh words from the former head of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub. “This is the sort of thing that should lead to the impeachment of a corrupt official – that is, if her corrupt husband weren’t in a position to block that impeachment,” he tweeted, “We are now a full-fledged banana republic.”

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S and his wife’s, Elaine Chao, Chinese connections; At her confirmation hearing, Ms. Chao did not mention her family’s extensive ties to the Chinese maritime industry of her family-owned, Foremost Group, according to shipping database VesselsValue, Foremost’s 33-ship fleet is worth $1.2 billion today. She also did not disclose several accolades she had received in China — including a role as an international adviser to the city of Wuhan — though the Senate questionnaire requires nominees to list all honorary positions. An agency official described that as an oversight. The Transportation Department budget during her tenure has repeatedly called for cuts for programs intended to support the depressed system of American-flagged ships. The agency budget has also called for scaling back plans to replace up to five academy ships to train a new generation of American mariners. Federal financial disclosures list assets in wide ranges. The totals in McConnell’s disclosure jumped from a range of $3.1 million to $12.7 million in 2007 to $7.3 million to $33.1 million in 2008. The big reason for that increase: a $5 million-to-$25 million gift from Elaine’s father in memory of Elaine’s mother, Ruth, who died at age 77 in 2007.

  • MITCH MCCONNELL is single-handedly obstructing the Federal Election Commission (FEC) from doing its job. Since becoming Majority Leader he has not held a single hearing for nominees to the 6-person board and so as commissioners leave the FEC, they are not being replaced. The number of Federal Election Commission (FEC) commissioners dropped to 3 at the end of August, bringing the nation’s election regulatory body below the stipulated quorum of 4. They now cannot hold meetings, issue fines, or clarify rules that keep our elections as fair as possible — opening the door for campaigns to ignore finance regulations and accept endless amounts of money without fear of repercussions. Foreign governments will have an easier time interfering in the 2020 presidential elections and GOP dark money will flow freely. This is no accident — it’s part of a carefully orchestrated assault on democracy by #MoscowMitch. He’s the one who has stood in the way of campaign finance reform, spearheaded the Citizens United case, and blocked any new appointments to the FEC. He is actively tearing down every protection that props up our democracy and even standing in the way of election protections that would stop Russia from meddling in 2020.

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S dramatic rule-changing, record-breaking ramming through of unqualified, young, right-wing extremist judges to lifetime appointments on the federal courts. Instead of being concerned with vetting the judges carefully, Mitch changed the rules so that instead of debating judges for 30 hours apiece as they did under Obama, they now only debate for two hours. Mitch’s mad dash to confirm Trump’s judicial nominees is in stark contrast to the years he was the Senate Majority Leader under President Obama. During that time, he led Republicans to only confirm one-fourth of Obama’s picks leaving over 100 openings for Trump to fill. Currently, nearly 1 out of 4 federal judges are Trump appointees.

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S irregular order of driving through Republican tax cuts, new loopholes for the wealthy and tax cuts, enormous corporate welfare for corporations. Mitch forced the passage of the Tax Cuts bill in 2017 in the most irresponsible way, holding no public hearings for the bill at all, and allowing handwritten edits to the bill mere hours before the final vote. Consequently, the American public had little information to consider the bill and even the Senators and House members on both sides of the aisle were in the dark. We did not send representatives to Congress to have legislation jammed down their throats with no deliberation.

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S nonprofit, One Nation, with no employees that does no work except to take in seven and eight-digit checks from anonymous donors and companies raking in $73M in 2016. In 2017 Congress changed the rules where nonprofits, where donors that can’t legally write those “non-profit” donations off their taxes, don’t have to report donors anymore to the IRS so ALL donations to those organizations are totally dark now. MITCH has been on a career-long crusade to extinguish any attempt to achieve campaign finance reform. Even when the Supreme Court ruled to eliminate limits on campaign spending, MITCH went one step further and blocked legislation to force the disclosure of the names of donors. “Dark money” nonprofits Kentucky Opportunity Coalition and the Kentuckians for Strong Leadership super PAC combined to boost McConnell with $14 million in ads in his last reelection.  (But NOW we’re here to even the score!)

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S real military service discharge and his only fours months of service (more details about it lower on the page. Make sure to read it. )

  • MITCH MCCONNELL at crucial moments when he as the Republican leader should have been stepping forward to really show the way on substantive issues, he was really just not there. Immigration, in 2006 and 2007, McConnell [then the leader] completely ducked out of the debate and did not even speak on the floor. He was just a nonentity and ceded his leadership role, essentially, because of how worried he was about how it would affect his 2008 reelection much like he is doing now on gun reform.

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S shameful, dirty campaigning tactics. Mitch learned from the most infamous political hitman in the history of America, Roger Ailes. The future founder and CEO of Fox News had already established his well-earned reputation for skirting the truth and character assassination while working for Nixon and Reagan. MITCH’S quote of “the THREE most important words in politics are ‘CASH ON HAND’!”

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S greatest trick he ever pulled is convincing the American political system to take his behavior for granted. It is time to stop. McConnell swore the same oath to the Constitution and country that Pelosi did. His refusal to take that oath seriously is a scandal and should be treated as such.

  • MITCH MCCONNELL’S efforts have led some to liken him to Hindenburg, the German president who enabled Hitler’s rise. Asked about the comparison, McConnell scoffed, “To expect Republican elected officials not to try to achieve as much as they possibly can . . . out of pique over presidential behavior is nonsense.”


Basically ALL THE FACTS about what MITCH MCCONNELL has and hasn’t done for the last 35 years! YOU JUST CANT TRUST MITCH has to get these facts out to the KENTUCKY VOTERS and let them VOTE HIM OUT! The 2020 KENTUCKY SENATE VOTER EDUCATION CAMPAIGN (much of the above information taken from Political Charge and other news articles).

Mitch McConnell’s Opposition to Federal Election Security Is Hitting Home

Kentucky officials say local voting systems are “one emergency away from disaster.”

AJ VICENS Reporter

Don Blevins, Jr., has a lot to think about. In his job as the clerk of Fayette County, home to Lexington, the University of Kentucky, and more than 240,000 registered voters, he’s in charge of making sure elections happen securely and accurately. “There’s a lot of hand wringing over the Russians, there’s hand wringing from the far right about illegal immigrants voting and all that,” but Blevins says he’s more worried “about Americans cheating than anybody.”

Blevins cites a range of possible disruptions—from bomb threats to jamming the internet connections used to verify voter registration—that could cause long lines or deflate public confidence in the accuracy of the tally. While Blevins, a Democratic elected official, insists Fayette, the state’s second-largest county, is well resourced and equipped to securely conduct balloting, he worries about less populated regions.“Mitch’s inaction is directly harming his home state…there’s no question.”

“The smaller counties are in dire straits, and Kentucky for a combination of reasons,” Blevins said. “They are chronically underfunded for just basic government services, much less elections related expenses.”

Meanwhile in Washington, DC, Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky senator for the last 34 years and, as senate majority leader, Congress’ most powerful Republican, has steadfastly refused to allow meaningful election security legislation to reach the Senate floor while stymieing most related funding, arguing new laws or mandates would be an overstep of federal power.

“Mitch’s inaction is directly harming his home state,” Blevins said. “There’s no question in my mind.”

In a country with more than 10,000 voting jurisdictions, the situation in Kentucky is in most ways like any other state, with some officials finding election security challenges easier to meet than others. In conversations with administrators responsible for balloting in half a dozen counties across the Bluegrass state—some large, some small—McConnell’s fights in DC can sometimes seem remote.

Larry Norden, director of the Brennan Center’s election reform program, says McConnell’s position is not only hurting his own state. “His role as to what’s happening in Kentucky is the same as his role in the other 49 states,” he says. “At the end of the day, around the country, election jurisdictions are underfunded, we don’t have national standards or a floor for election security for the most part. And he’s one of the main reasons we don’t.”

While some Kentucky officials say their counties have the equipment and funding they need to securely conduct balloting, others say counties can barely afford to meet other critical needs, let alone to upgrade and maintain election infrastructure. Ahead of this month’s knife edge-gubernatorial race, local officials faced a reduction in state voting funds. Money from Washington could make up some of the gap and help counties upgrade equipment.

Earlier this month, Republican Matt Bevin narrowly lost his reelection bid to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear in a contest where 29 of 120 Kentucky counties voted on machines with no voter-verifiable paper trail. Efforts to change this, kicked off by a February 2018 State Board of Elections mandate that all newly purchased machines produce such records, have been hampered by a lack of funds. That year, Democrats in Congress managed to secure a modest $380 million dollars to bolster state election security. In a plan submitted to the federal Election Assistance Commission, Kentucky said it would spend $4.6 million of its $5.7 million share over the next two years replacing and upgrading equipment in the non-paper counties. The plan noted that fully replacing Kentucky’s 13,000 non-paper trail voting machines would cost far more—$18 to $28 million.“We don’t have national standards or a floor for election security. And he’s one of the main reasons we don’t.”

In a letter sent September 10 to the legislature complaining about underfunding, State Board of Elections executive director Jared Dearing and his deputy warned that counties would get less state aid to carry out elections. They wrote that while a 1974 state law requires a reimbursement rate of $255 per precinct to help offset local costs, given funding shortfalls from the legislature the board had voted in August “under protest” to reimburse counties just $200 per precinct; his letter noted that if the 1974 rate had kept pace with inflation the amount would be more than $1,300 per precinct in 2019 dollars.

“Many counties are currently facing budgetary shortfalls that create uncertain and unstable funding for the county clerks and boards of elections,” the letter reads. “While at the same time election costs continue to grow. This included the need to replace outdated election equipment as well as secure against digital and cybersecurity threats that did not exist even a decade ago, much less in 1974.” When asked for comment about the state of election security and funding in Kentucky, the state board of elections provided Mother Jones a statement complaining of shortfalls in funding, including from Washington.

“The State Board of Elections has full confidence in our state and county officials,” the statement read. “However, moving forward, stable funding sources must be made available at the federal, state and local levels.”

McConnell has largely stood in the way of increased federal funding. In June, Congressional Democrats passed the Securing America’s Federal Elections Act, which would have allocated over $1 billion to states and mandated voting machines be manufactured in the United States, use voter-verified paper ballots, and not be connected to the internet.

In July, Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes wrote to McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) noting that their state was one of just three with elections scheduled for 2019, and urging the senators to support the SAFE Act. “Securing our election systems is a matter of national security,” Grimes wrote. “The Commonwealth and this nation need your leadership.”

A few weeks later McConnell wrote back, attacking the SAFE Act as a “partisan messaging bill” with no chance of passing the Senate or being signed by the president. McConnell said his opposition to the bill was rooted in a desire to defend Kentuckians “from Democrats’ insistence that piling up as much money and power as possible in Washington D.C. is the answer.” He closed his letter by raising an unfolding scandal surrounding Grimes’ alleged steering of a state election security contract to a firm run by campaign donors, writing that “it would be helpful to know that any future money would be put toward actually securing elections for the Commonwealth.”

As a matter of fact, one of the most active political organizations in the 2016 election cycle wasn’t a political organization at all. It was a nonprofit allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that received all of its money from anonymous donors and hardly reported any of its political spendings to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Known as One Nation, it drew from a war chest that swelled with seven- and eight-figure checks from a few secret donors and spent tens of millions of dollars not on employees — it has none — or social welfare programs — it didn’t really have those either — but on expensive ad campaigns to help Republicans keep their majority in the Senate. Form 990 annual tax filings obtained by The Center for Responsive Politics show that One Nation spent nearly $73 million in 2015 and 2016, and at least $40 million was spent assisting Republicans’ successful campaign to hold their majority in the Senate. Social welfare organizations, such as One Nation, are supposed to have social welfare as their primary purpose — hence the name “social welfare organization” — but the IRS has never defined what “primary purpose” actually means. As a result, it is generally interpreted to be less than 50 percent of overall spending. One Nation’s $40 million of election-related spending could put it well over the 50 percent mark, at a minimum, potentially jeopardizing its tax-exempt status, if the IRS decides to scrutinize the group’s activities. (Mitch doesn’t have to worry, Trump’s IRS won’t check)

Kentucky and America deserve better than Mitch McConnell. In 2020, Democrats get their chance.

For 35 very long years, Kentucky has had inadequate representation in the United States Senate. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

BY: REP. ATTICA SCOTT July 10, 2019 (edited)

In the first Democratic presidential debate, the contenders were asked how they would deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell if they were to be elected president. Several candidates explained their strategies, but one answer was absent: The next president shouldn’t have to deal with Mitch McConnell; he’s up for re-election in 2020.

I grew up in the Beecher Terrace housing project in Louisville, Kentucky, which is often described as a “severely distressed public housing development.” Beecher Terrace is currently being demolished to make way for mixed-income housing. In 2014, Beecher Terrace was featured in “Prison State” on PBS highlighting the fact that almost every resident spends time behind bars — my father was an incarcerated resident during my childhood.

I got into politics for the kids who grow up in poverty and for the families and friends who rarely see someone with their life experience serving in office. I believe in the restoration of voting rights, in eliminating poverty, in supporting public education, in addressing our climate crisis, in fairness for all of my neighbors, in women’s rights and that, together, we can transform systems that were never designed for many of us in the first place.

My neighbors across the commonwealth deserve leaders who will fight for them, on both the local and federal level. But McConnell is not motivated by the same values. He does not work for the people of Kentucky — he works for his party and his pockets.

Kentucky, we deserve better.

McConnell is not motivated by the same values. He does not work for the people of Kentucky — he works for his party and his pockets.

We deserve better than a senator who opposes expanded voting and voting rights, especially when 312,000 Kentuckians are currently being prevented from exercising their right to vote. McConnell dismissed people who are advocating to make Election Day a national holiday. Perhaps McConnell doesn’t want more people to be able to vote because he’s worried that they will vote him out of office.

McConnell has also made it very clear to Black folks that he is not interested in engaging in important conversation about racial justice. His ignorance on the topic of reparations and racial hatred is extremely revealing when he makes claims that “none of us currently living are responsible” for slavery and shrugs off solutions to amend racial inequity because “we elected an African American president.”

“For a century after the Civil War, Black people were subjected to a relentless campaign of terror,” writer Ta-Nehisi Coates noted during a congressional hearing on reparations. “A campaign that extended well into the lifetime of Majority Leader McConnell.” In a time when racial hatred is painfully present in our commonwealth and country and inequities abound, we need a senator who has a racial justice analysis and commitment to equity.

Then there’s the fact that an NBC News reporter unearthed evidence that two of McConnell’s great-great-grandfathers were slave owners.

We’re all in this together. Kentuckians living in Martin County still don’t have clean water to bathe in or drink. Kentuckians living in west Louisville are struggling to breathe clean air. McConnell is uninterested in working to make the environment cleaner and healthier. He has seemingly no interest in family-sustaining jobs, cleaning up hazardous waste sites or reducing toxic air and eliminating water pollution, all efforts that would benefit communities of color and low-income families who are disproportionately exposed to toxins.

My neighbors are dying because of our environment. Our environment is a public health and public safety priority.

Unfortunately, the senator’s inability to act on environmental health and safety extends to his failure to strengthen funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund and to take actions to halt the black lung epidemic facing workers in central Appalachia.

These are issues that do not get much press outside of Kentucky — but they are exactly the kinds of problems our senators should be tackling.

On the other hand, McConnell is all too happy abusing his power to funnel money to the projects and influential Kentuckians he thinks will keep him in power. His efforts to expand his personal economic and political power are a family affair, as Politico reported in June that wife (and Secretary of Transportation) Elaine Chao helped McConnell secure at least $78 million in grants. Ethics experts were not amused.

Kentucky, we deserve better.

McConnell opposes equal pay legislation and supported appointing Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — an insult to women in Kentucky and across the nation. But McConnell’s support for Kavanaugh was made all the more infuriating given his blatant and unashamed obstruction of Judge Merrick Garland. McConnell’s successful move to prevent President Barack Obama from nominating a judge to fill the seat left open after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death will long be remembered as one of the 21st century’s most blatant examples of cynical partisanship.

Whom does McConnell serve? It is most definitely not “we the people.” He long ago gave up his duty to Kentucky — and to the United States — as evidenced by his opining in 2010 that the GOP’s “single most important” achievement would be denying Obama re-election.

Indeed, McConnell has systematically neglected Black people, people living in poverty and the most oppressed Kentuckians. But in many ways, unfortunately, McConnell is the national figurehead for Kentucky — after all, he is the most politically powerful person from our state. Yet, I would argue that his actions and beliefs do not reflect those of Kentuckians who are just trying to make it by.

For 35 very long years, since 1984, we have had inadequate representation in the United States Senate. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We deserve courageous leadership. Let’s make it absolutely unnecessary for future presidential candidates to be asked whether or not they would be able to deal with McConnell if they were elected president. Kentuckians, let’s vote him out in 2020.Rep. Attica Scott

State Representative Attica Scott serves Kentucky House District 41. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @atticascott4ky.

demanding passage of election security, gun reform and lowering of prescription drug prices legislation with Mitch’s Senate office phone number to call, where MITCH’S money comes from and therefore where his loyalties are, MITCH MCCONNELL saying one thing cutting to another time with him saying the opposite, MITCH MCCONNELL voting on the Senate floor narrowly to lift the sanctions off Russian Oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, and then Deripaska’s company, Rusal’s immediate investment in a KY Aluminum mill (the developer and the head of Rusal meeting about the project for dinner the night before the sanction’s vote) and Rusal’s Lobbyist’s wife then being taken off the Federal Judge denial pile and all of the sudden revived and pushed through for a Federal Judgeship which, of course, she now has for life! How he’s treated the coal miners and coal mining communities turning down $1 BILLION DOLLARS from Obama to totally revive the area and the money he gets from the largest coal company, Peabody, to back the coal companies over the workers. His obstruction of the Senate on gun reform, increased minimum wage, election security, and over 550 other bills just sitting on his “graveyard” desk and so much more! If MITCH MCCONNELL is finally exposed to Kentucky voters for the fraud that he is Mitch will NOT be REELECTED and the Democrats are guaranteed control of the Senate! NO OTHER ELECTION IS AS IMPORTANT AS THIS ONE!

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But in the antechambers of these archives, there’s this huge exhibit area, a shrine to McConnell and to Chao. And it has all of these exhibits about his life in politics and his career. And virtually all of the exhibits — all the things he chooses to present to the people who come there — are about his races. The high school races. His race in Louisville. His Senate race. His reelection. It’s just one race after another. And that’s all it is. There’s almost nothing in those rooms about what he’s actually accomplished in all of those decades in office.


“…he’d just tear down the other guy, so he’d be left standing as the fallback alternative.

Donald Trump has done less to destroy democratic norms than Mitch McConnell

The Senate majority leader has been around Washington long enough and is smart enough to know precisely what he’s doing to our country for his party.

By Robert Schlesinger

No one should be surprised that Mitch McConnell has promised that any potential 2020 Trump Supreme Court nominee will not get the Merrick Garland treatment — i.e., be held up until after the presidential race is decided. While McConnell and his Republican colleagues have tried to frame their 2016 obstructionism on Garland’s nomination and prospective 2020 decision in various forms of Senate tradition, he has, in this instance, been more-than-normally forthright: Supreme Court nominations are all about partisan politics, nothing more, nothing less.

In that, McConnell is the living, breathing, calculating face of everything that is wrong with our current politics. To the extent to which our system has become dysfunctional, McConnell is the single chief architect of that sclerosis. President Donald Trump is a dangerous, blundering wrecking ball, but McConnell was undermining the system well before (and is likely to outlast) him.

Nothing exemplifies McConnell’s role as norm-wrecking partisan warrior than the Garland affair: Almost as soon as word of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death emerged, McConnell had promised to block anyone President Barack Obama might nominate. “The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice,” the pious, pompous McConnell said then, noting that Obama was at the time a lame duck president.

But the American people had had a voice in that selection when they elected Obama less than four years earlier to serve as president. The Senate hadn’t confirmed an election-year high court nominee “for the better part of a century,” McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley pointed out, ignoring the fact that the last time such a circumstance had arisen, more than a century earlier, the Senate did both vote, and voted to confirm.

McConnell, it seems, is no longer so concerned with the wishes of “the American people” in advance of an election.

In any case, asked Tuesday about a hypothetical 2020 Supreme Court nomination, McConnell was direct: “Oh, we’d fill it.” What’s changed? Per CNN: “David Popp, a spokesman for McConnell, said the difference between now and three years ago … is that at that time the White House was controlled by a Democrat and the Senate by Republicans. This time, both are controlled by the GOP.”

Popp also pointed reporters to comments McConnell made in October: “The tradition going back to the 1880s has been if a vacancy occurs in a presidential election year, and there is a different party in control of the Senate than the presidency, it is not filled.”

Here is the complete list of split-government, election year Supreme Court nominees in the last 130 years: Merrick Garland. That’s it. If you want to get expansive, here’s the entire list of election year, split-government, pre-election Supreme Court nominees: Merrick Garland in 2016 and Melville Fuller in 1888.

Of course, if you listened to McConnell you might think that the Senate routinely refused to consider any election year nomination to the high court because of tradition. But between 1888 and 2016, it never came up. And, when it did come up in 1888, and Democratic President Grover Cleveland nominated Fuller to be chief justice, the Republican-controlled Senate … confirmed him overwhelmingly.

(Fuller, a Democrat who had managed Stephen Douglas’ losing presidential campaign in 1860 but avoided military service during the Civil War, went on to preside over a court that upheld the South’s Jim Crow laws in Plessy v. Ferguson, threw out federal income tax law — a ruling rebuked by no less than the 16th Amendment — and made antitrust cases harder to prosecute. Garland would’ve done considerably better.)

So if there’s any “tradition” to be drawn from history, it’s that, before McConnell came along, the Senate had no problem confirming a Supreme Court nominee from another party. That’s how the system is supposed to work: Partisanship is supposed to have its limits.

Kentuckians just get news, especially during election time, of Mitch McConnell handing out federal funds and grants to every organization across the Commonwealth, how he’s cleaning up ammunition depots (he cleans up the same ones every election cycle???), monies for roads (convenient your wife’s in charge of the U.S. Department of Transportation and even set-up a special point person in the department for your state during your reelection) and in general all-around candidate for Mr. Kentucky!

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The SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM LIKE MITCH MCCONNELL IS TO EMPOWER THE PEOPLE TO VOTE HIM OUT! YOU JUST CANT TRUST MITCH will expose Kentuckians to what MOSCOW MITCH MCCONNELL is really doing behind all the distractions! KNOWLEDGE is POWER! Power to NOT automatically vote for MITCH MCCONNELL again this time because his name and smear ads about his opponent are burnt into your brain. Our 2020 Kentucky Senate Voter Education Campaign will inform them!

“His great epiphany early on was that he could overcome this deficiency [lacking political charisma] by raising GOBS and GOBS of money, and then using that money to [run] ads that would simply tear down the opponent.”

MITCH RAN OVER 12,000 ADS LAST ELECTION spending $31M (Two PACs gave him $14M just for ads) on his campaign compared to his Democratic challenger who spent a total of $19M to run her whole campaign including ads. MITCH MCCONNELL RECEIVED $22 MILLION FROM OUTSIDE GROUPS HIS LAST ELECTION! We want to reveal who Mitch McConnell really is and let the KY voters see the transparency and make an equally informed vote. KENTUCKY VOTERS have never been able to make a “clear” choice in MITCH MCCONNELL’S elections! And, they’ve NEVER known the FACTS about MITCH MCCONNELL! DONATE TO A SENATE CANDIDATE NOW! EVERY American needs to make a donation to rid our democracy from Mitch McConnell!

The greatest trick McConnell ever pulled is convincing the American political system to take his behavior for granted. It is time to stop. McConnell swore the same oath to the Constitution and country that Pelosi did. His refusal to take that oath seriously is a scandal and should be treated as such.

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A Trump Impeachment Inquiry Isn’t Keeping Congress From ‘Getting Things Done’—Mitch McConnell Is.

As long as people keep voting for anti-government candidates they will elect people who are not interested in—or even knowledgeable about—governing. And that means things the people want, won’t get done.

COMMON DREAMS by John Atcheson October 10, 2019

One of the Republican’s talking points about impeaching Trump is that it will keep Congress from “doing the business of governing” or the “people’s business.”

Like so much else coming out of the Republican cult, this is pure BS.  The thing that’s keeping us from doing the people’s business is Mitch Mc Connell and the Republican Senate.

The fact is, as of July—more than a month before Democrats initiated an impeachment inquiry—the House had passed more than 569 Bills that are stalled in the Republican controlled Senate.

Among these Bills are proposals that enjoy bi-partisan support, and Bills that are popular with the majority of Americans.  They include:

If doing the “people’s business” means passing the Bills people want passed, then it should be clear that Senate Republicans have been blocking any attempt at doing that since the last election.

It is a sign of the Democrats inability to message, and the press’s addiction to “both side-ism” that people don’t know the extent to which the Republican Senate has induced legislative paralysis on our system of government. This blockade of doing what’s in the public interest should be a page 1, top-of-the-fold or lead-off story news-at-seven item every time Moscow Mitch kills another Bill, but it’s not.   

In fact, Republicans have been doing this for years, now. A look at the record of filibusters and cloture votes shows Republicans have been the Party of no for decades now.

This shouldn’t be surprising.  As long as people keep voting for anti-government candidates they will elect people who are not interested in—or even knowledgeable about—governing. And that means things the people want, won’t get done.  Tea partiers just want to tear down the system, and that’s become true of the entire Republican Party.

This means that things that need to get done, won’t.  It means that power will be relinquished to corporations and the wealthy.  It means that government will become as bad as the government hating Republicans tell you it is.

Trump is the logical conclusion of electing anti-government know-nothings to office. His foreign policy is erratic, ad hoc, and dangerous.  His economic policy is destructive. His domestic policy is mean, divisive and vindictive.

But as for paralysis?  Impeachment has nothing to do with it—the government was at a standstill long before it was officially pursued. It’s not rocket science folks—if we continue to swallow the oligarch’s claims about “government being the problem” and electing people whose main skill is railing against government, we’ll get bad governance.

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Trump acts like he’s above the law because Mitch McConnell lets him

The political system has an answer for a threat like Donald Trump, but none for a threat like Mitch McConnell.

VOX By Ezra Klein@ezraklein  Sep 25, 2019

For all the wrongdoing the Mueller report discovered, it didn’t find clear evidence of the animating charge: that Donald Trump knowingly colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. But with Ukraine, Trump appears to have done exactly what he was accused of before: asked a foreign government to help him win a presidential election, perhaps dangling military aid as an incentive.

That Trump would attempt such brazen collusion after the Mueller investigation shows the lesson he took from that experience is that he is unchecked and unaccountable. And perhaps he is right. After all, he has Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to protect him.

The political conversation about impeachment has, understandably, focused on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The House acts first on impeachment, and she has been a bulwark against moving forward. But on Tuesday, she’d had enough. “Today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry and directing our six committees to proceed with their investigation under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry,” she said. “No one is above the law.”

If Trump often acts like he is above the law, it is only because McConnell lets him. If McConnell decided to lead Senate Republicans in investigating and curbing Trump’s corruption, abuses of power, and obstruction of justice, Trump’s options would be to reform his behavior or be ejected from office.

Instead, on Tuesday, McConnell signaled that he intends to continue protecting Trump from accountability or sanction. Pelosi’s decision “simply confirms that House Democrats’ priority is not making life better for the American people but their nearly three-year-old fixation on impeachment,” McConnell said. The statement received little coverage because it was so utterly expected.

This is the McConnell Effect: that McConnell will insulate Trump has become a background feature of politics, a reality so obvious that it merits neither interrogation nor scrutiny. Much political analysis and strategizing proceeds atop the McConnell Effect: Given that McConnell will protect Trump from any form of political accountability, what should everyone else do?

At the core of this is McConnell’s peculiar form of political shamelessness. This is the way McConnell and Trump are more similar than is often appreciated: they have both proven that the range of political action is disciplined less by external constraint than by a politician’s sense of shame — the degree to which they turn back in the face of public criticism, media opprobrium, elite backlash.

It was shamelessness, for instance, that let McConnell refuse to hold a hearing on Merrick Garland and then, grinning, admit that he’d fill a Supreme Court seat if one came up in 2020. McConnell’s predecessors held the same power he did and none of them attempted that maneuver. They weren’t restrained by-laws or rules. They were restrained by temperament and a belief that to break the system was to betray the public.

It was shamelessness that let McConnell scotch the Obama administration’s effort to release a bipartisan statement revealing Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election and warning them to stop.

In 1999, faced with the question of Bill Clinton’s impeachment, McConnell said, “We can do the right thing. Or we can lower our standards and allow Bill Clinton to cling to public office — regardless of the consequences to our nation, to our system of justice, and to our future generations.” It is shamelessness that leads McConnell, today, to excuse Trump’s offenses and dismiss the consequences to our nation, our system of justice, and future generations.

McConnell has been handsomely rewarded for his behavior. He is bathed in power and can lay honest claim to having shaped American history. He delights in his reputation for ruthlessness and cheerfully shrugs off criticism. He fears primary challengers but nothing else. His disinterest in traditional forms of political accountability lures the system into virtually ignoring his behavior, as if he is a rock formation blocking a roadway, a natural obstacle that must be planned around.

The Founders designed our form of government with demagogues in mind. That’s why the president is checked by Congress, up to and including the threat of removal. But they believed that Congress would consider itself in competition with the president, that ambition would check ambition. They did not foresee the rise of political parties and the way that would bring parts of Congress into cooperation with the president, that ambition would protect ambition.

The political system has an answer for a threat like Donald Trump but none for a threat like Mitch McConnell. Pelosi said that no one is above the law, but so long as McConnell keeps his seat and his gavel, Trump arguably is.

I do not want to pretend that I have an answer for the problem of McConnell, but I do have a principle for weakening the McConnell Effect: McConnell’s refusal to do his constitutional duty cannot be the reason that other political officials refuse to do their constitutional duty. (emphasis by website)

“His great epiphany early on was that he could overcome this deficiency [lacking political charisma] by raising GOBS and GOBS of money, and then using that money to [run] ads that would simply tear down the opponent.”

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“Dark money” nonprofits Kentucky Opportunity Coalition and the Kentuckians for Strong Leadership super PAC combined to boost Mitch McConnell with $14 million in ads in his last reelection. 

The 2020 KY Democratic primary is, 5/19/2020, and gives Mitch McConnell’s challenger only over five months to get their campaign up and running, set up satellite offices across the state and staff them, get their stances on the issues out, fundraise, line-up volunteers, tour the state, advertising and there’s not a lot of time nor money left over to produce and respond to an onslaught of RUTHLESS, NEGATIVE ADS prepared by a WELL-OILED, SUPER-FUNDED, CONNECTED, DIRTY-TRICKS REELECTION MACHINE! And, that’s how MITCH MCCONNELL ALWAYS WINS!!! He does an all day, every day, all out ADVERTISING ASSAULT against his challenger! It’s simple Nazi-style propaganda, psychological warfare, say something enough times, even though it’s MISLEADING OR A LIE, and EVENTUALLY THE PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE IT!

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MITCH MCCONNELL really has a lot in common with Trump including an unlikely made-up medical excuse to get out of service to his country. The “official” story for McConnell’s discharge — in spite of “apparently” not having an actual physical exam — is a diagnosis of optic neuritis, a condition easily cured by steroids in 1967. Optic neuritis by itself is not a reason for an individual to be discharged from the military.

Poor Mitch had to serve four months though before he got the then U. S. Senator he interned for, Sen. John Cooper Sherman (R-KY), to get MITCH out of serving (it’s all documented in the University of Kentucky’s King Library, Special Collections – letters, telegram, call logs, etc.) for the reason that MITCH “was entering NYU” (which has no record of him even applying). Plus, he had just graduated from the University of Kentucky’s Law School.

Public records indicate inconsistent information in the “Transcript of Court Martial” section about if there were files indicating MITCH was allegedly arrested in the barracks for sodomy. An incident described by a personnel officer that happened at basic training in Ft. Jackson, S.C., even elaborating that the guy is getting out of the military and the excuse will be due to an illness, an eye disorder. The Major then told a joke about it saying, “I guess the guy couldn’t see the difference between guys and girls.” Asked him how this guy could accomplish this and get a release from the army, the Major told him that the soldier had served as an intern to Senator John Sherman Cooper and Senator Cooper called the Commanding General of Ft. Knox, Maj. General A.D. Surles, to arrange the discharge.

Instead of following the military procedure that would transfer McConnell from the training unit in S.C. back to the Fort Knox Army Reserve Unit in KY, McConnell was released from military service directly from the training unit in S.C. by the Commanding General of Ft. Knox, KY. This is a direct violation of military procedure and would only occur in the most critical circumstances leaving many to speculate that MITCH is really a “Closet Queen”.

Closet queens routinely have kids and a submissive wife as cover. It’s entirely possible, of course, that McConnell was simply a namby-pamby wimpy-pants who really, really didn’t WANT to go to war and serve his country. So he begged his former boss to pull strings and lie to get him the hell out of the Army Reserves. In other words, a typical chickenhawk who wants YOUR children to fight and possibly die, while he wears a suit and tie and pontificates.

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A few things are curiously missing from the Mitch McConnell–Elaine Chao Archives at the University of Louisville. At an exhibit designed to celebrate the Senate majority leader and his wife, there’s almost no mention of any bills McConnell has authored in his 32 years in the Senate. There’s virtually nothing about the people he’s helped, nothing to highlight courageous speeches made on the Senate floor.

Instead, McConnell’s exhibit almost entirely pays homage to the elections he’s won — for high school student government; for Louisville county executive; for his first election to the Kentucky Senate; for his reelection bids to the US Senate.

“All the things he chooses to present to the people who come there are about his races,” says Alec MacGillis, a ProPublica reporter and author of a 2014 McConnell biography, The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell, in an interview. “And that’s all it is. There’s almost nothing in those rooms about what he’s actually accomplished in all of the decades he’s been in office.”

This is, MacGillis thinks, the key to understanding the inscrutable Kentucky senator. On January 20, McConnell, 74, will become one of the most powerful men in America and one of the few potential checks on Donald Trump’s power.

So what McConnell really cares about will soon become a question of immense importance. Everyone has a rough idea of Speaker Paul Ryan’s vision for America because he likes to write it down and give speeches about it. For McConnell, the answer is both simpler and more inscrutable — he is obsessed with electoral self-preservation and improvement, with no clear larger purpose.

“Far more than other politicians, it really has been about simply the rise itself. Winning the next cycle. Staying in power as long as you can. Rising in the leadership ranks to the point where you are the leader of the body,” MacGillis says.

In interviews with close to 100 friends and colleagues, MacGillis tracked McConnell from his constant striving in high school for positions in student government to his head-spinningly quick rejection of his once-moderate political persona to his refusal to confront or even talk about the most critical policy fights facing his Senate caucus.

McConnell’s story is, on the one hand, a fascinatingly revealing account of how someone with so little charisma and so few ideological convictions can still ascend so high up the rungs of power. But it is also one whose last and perhaps most important chapter is yet to be written — one that will finally and conclusively reveal if McConnell has been seeking power all of these years for its own exercise or in service of some greater (and still unknown) objective.

“The big question for the Trump era now that [McConnell] has a big Republican majority to work with in the branches is: Will he actually push for substantive ideological gains? Has all that expediency, all that work, all this thinking about the election all the time — was it all toward this moment where he finally has control and can do what he wants substantively?” MacGillis says. “Or will it continue to just be about the next cycle?”

A lightly edited transcript of my conversation with MacGillis follows.

The political education of Mitch McConnell

Jeff Stein

I wanted to start by asking if we could go back to one of your main projects in the McConnell book: to discover his political education and origins.

You say he was a moderate Republican in the [Kentucky Sen. John Sherman] Cooper tradition — how real was that, and how do we square that with the conservative McConnell we see today?

Alec MacGillis

That’s one of the real crucial questions about Mitch. I think it was real, but I also think it was shallow. It’s extraordinary how moderate-to-liberal he was back then — you can’t really overstate it. It’s hard to believe now, but it was true; his great model was this liberal Republican from Kentucky who made his name standing up to [Sen. Joe] McCarthy, opposing Vietnam, and taking other stances that were very unpopular in Kentucky. And that was his great model early on.

Cooper took (McConnell) to the signing of the Voting Rights Act when he was an intern on Capitol Hill. McConnell talks about how exciting that was to him. He was very involved in civil rights; he was adamantly pro-choice. When he was elected county executive in Jefferson County, Kentucky, he repeatedly worked with women’s groups to help stymie anti-abortion legislation in the local government. He kept an arm’s length from the gun groups back then. He even recommended a piece by Playboy on moderate Republicanism to someone else.

There was a whole fight in the early ’70s between the Goldwater wing and the quite strong moderate-to-liberal wing. And McConnell was on the barricades on the liberal-to-moderate side, arguing for it to prevail. That was totally where he was back then, and the fact that he could then swing so swiftly once he got to Washington in 1984 after winning his first Senate race — he switched so quickly on so many issues, including abortion, to line up with the Reagan wing of the party that was then ascendant. He was not a Reagan person. He had supported [in Republican presidential primaries] Ford in ’76, H.W. Bush in ’80; then he quickly lined himself up with the Reagan Republicans.

My theory of that is: He barely won his first Senate race in ’84, by less than 5,000 votes. Reagan won Kentucky by 280,000 votes. McConnell saw just how much more easily he won Kentucky, didn’t want to have such a close election ever again, and it happened so quickly it suggests those early/moderate roots were shallow.

Jeff Stein

Just to stay on the question of McConnell in the ’60s and ’70s, do you see the thesis of your work — that he openly says he cares about political expediency to a degree that’s shocking — was that a throughline earlier in McConnell’s career? Were there inklings or origins you point to earlier that fit that description?

Alec MacGillis

Yes. Even as you saw him as a moderate/liberal Republican earlier on, you saw these glimmers of expediency earlier — you can still see that the overriding desire was to win, and to an extent that’s unusually strong even compared to other politicians.

In a way, you could say it even goes back to his high school campaigning years. He was one of those kids always running for office — high school, college — just always running for student government. Doing whatever he had to do to win those races and just taking it all way too seriously.

Jeff Stein

I love student government overachiever stories about powerful politicians. There are great anecdotes in the Robert Caro book about LBJ going to incredible lengths to win school races.

Alec MacGillis

In high school government in Louisville, McConnell tried and failed a couple times in his early races. But he finally became the vice president of the student council at duPont Manual High School.

He did this by figuring out that in a student body election, all votes count equally — so he targeted lowerclassmen and unpopular kids, who the upper-class hotshot candidates were looking past. Nameless kids. He stuck pamphlets in their lockers with lists of endorsements he received from “the president of the Key Club.” So he targeted the forgotten class of high school.

Then at the University of Louisville, he lost a lot. He lost his races in succession for freshman class president, president of the student senate, and president of the student council. He lost all three and took them pretty hard and decided it was so painful he’d never lose ever again. Finally, junior year he wins presidency of the student council.

He’s just running all the time. And when he gets to doing his first real elections — running for county government in Louisville — the expediency comes in two ways. One, he’s just incredibly malleable. That’s the thing his political consultants marveled at when I talked to them. In ’76, they were amazed by how he was so physically unskilled — totally lacking of natural charisma and natural political skills — but also very aware of that fact and so utterly willing to let them tell him what to do.

Shooting ads with him was relatively easy. Because as unskilled and hapless as he was, he completely submitted to their instructions far more than most candidates were willing to do.

As he was leaving his previous job with the Department of Justice in the Ford administration in Washington, he saw that the school busing fight was starting to brew back in Louisville. There had been a big busing fight there in the mid-’70s, and McConnell fires off his resignation to Ford saying, “Thanks for having me; I’m going home to Louisville.” He then threw in a gratuitous paragraph saying, “Hey, please, take more notice of how concerned people are about school busing and appoint Supreme Court justices who will be more skeptical of the school busing and integration push.” It was so clear he was doing this to leave a paper trail he could point to when he was running for office later.

How did Mitch McConnell become so powerful?

Jeff Stein

It’s such an interesting question how someone with such little political charisma, and so lacking clear ideological convictions, could become the No. 3 or 2 most powerful politician in the United States.

How does he deal with that problem in his early career? Is it just removing himself from the public eye and minimizing the number of debates and rallies? Very few all-time great baseball players can’t field, hit, run, or pitch.

Alec MacGillis

It was an especially crippling drawback for him given that he was running in the upper South, which has a long tradition of charismatic, wisecracking, folksy politicians. That’s even more expected there than it is elsewhere in the country, and he completely lacked that ability. As one of his Kentucky pals said to me, “He doesn’t have the personality to wash a shotgun with.”

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He was very aware of this fact and compensated for it mainly by raising tons of money.  McConnell settled on his election strategy early: “His great epiphany early on was that he could overcome this deficiency [lacking political charisma] by raising GOBS and GOBS of money, and then using that money to [run] ads that would simply tear down the opponent.” That became his message, over and over. His own popularity was always middling; people were always ambivalent about him because of his lack of natural charm and constituency; he’d just tear down the other guy, so he’d be left standing as the fallback alternative. In his first run for Senate, he worked with Roger Ailes, who came up with this legendary and notorious ad going after the Democrat with the hound dogs for the missed votes. So a lot of it was the money. But the other part was being incredibly willing to stake out positions to help you win that one election — and then abandoning them to a degree most politicians would find shameless. In ’76, running for his first job as county executive, he came out in favor of collective bargaining for public employee unions and won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO in Louisville, and Kentucky was a strong union state. He also won the endorsement of the Courier-Journal, a very influential newspaper. He did that by taking a bunch of center-left positions, including campaign finance reform. In the years since, he’s admitted — openly! — that he took both of those positions for political expediency. That they were completely expedient and taken at the time to gain the support of these influential constituencies in Louisville.

Jeff Stein

If we’re trying to be as generous as possible to the McConnell worldview, what’s the story McConnell’s friends and family would tell in his defense about the narrative of his life? I haven’t really found anything that isn’t boilerplate. What is the story they tell you about how he sees his project?

Alec MacGillis

I spoke to a lot of his friends and close associates for the book, and they had a very hard time answering that question. That was the big last question I would ask them all. And they would be completely flummoxed by it to a really stunning degree — they couldn’t come up with an answer to it.

And it really feels harsh to say and hard to confront directly, but it really feels that to him, far more than other politicians, it really has been about simply the rise itself. Winning the next cycle. Staying in power as long as you can. Rising in the leadership ranks to the point where you are the leader of the body.

Jeff Stein

And these are genuine close friends? People who like him and think he’s fun to hang out with?

Alec MacGillis

If you really press them to define some ideology or political belief of his, they’ll fall back on very generic talk about how he loves the country and wants the best for it, and how he believes in “freedom” and “democracy.” But it’s so generic as to be almost meaningless.

You have to see how he himself portrays his accomplishments and portrays his own career. There’s this shrine for him at the University of Louisville, and it’s an extraordinary thing. It’s the Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao [McConnell’s wife] archive. And it’s pretty difficult to access.

But in the antechambers of these archives, there’s this huge exhibit area, a shrine to McConnell and to Chao. And it has all of these exhibits about his life in politics and his career. And virtually all of the exhibits — all the things he chooses to present to the people who come there — are about his races. The high school races. His race in Louisville. His Senate race. His reelection. It’s just one race after another.

And that’s all it is. There’s almost nothing in those rooms about what he’s actually accomplished in all of those decades in office.

Jeff Stein

He seems not only devoid of ideological commitments but, in the public eye at least, he just seems devoid of personality too. It’s rare for a public figure to have such an absence of hobbies or nicknames or anything like that.

How does a guy like that get other Republicans in the Senate to support him for this long? Is there a divide between that bland public image people receive and the person he really is? Or is the understanding of him as someone who is sort of lifeless accurate once you see it closer up?

Alec MacGillis

It’s pretty close to the reality of the man. He is said to have a wry, droll, almost English humor in person that does not come through so much in the public persona. But you’re right — the fact that someone so colorless could get so far is extraordinary.

He really is kind of the Keyser Söze of the last year or two. All along, he was the guy who made it happen for the Republicans. Very publicly, with the Supreme Court obstructionism, exploding that norm in a way that worked. And we’ve just learned he was more quietly having vast influence behind the scenes with the Russians and the attempts to keep that hacking private before the election.

That’s why, as bland as he is, he’s almost so bland it’s kind of fascinating. He has people in his own caucus to be loyal to him — his lack of classic leadership traits is compensated for with money. Not only did he raise the money for them, he also led the fight on campaign finance — he took the hits for all the Republicans on that. He was willing to put himself out there as the guy who opposed all of these limits.

It earned him scorn in certain corners, but he could take those shots because he knew it would produce affection for him among other Republicans.

The money thing — it’s so telling that the one issue he really cares about and has invested himself in is campaign finance reform. It’s the issue that’s all about the game. It’s a process issue that has everything to do with winning the next election.

Would Mitch McConnell stand up to Donald Trump?

Jeff Stein

I think this is all incredibly useful for a question that — maybe I’m being dramatic here — but that could help determine the stability of the American republic.

It seems absolutely crucial to determine if McConnell will stand up to Trump on anything. Is there anything in McConnell’s record that gives you faith in that?

Alec MacGillis

One thing one can say for McConnell, and he’s done it again recently, is that when things really head to the brink — things like the debt ceiling crisis, the fiscal cliff, the government shutdown — it was always McConnell at the very end cutting a deal with [Vice President Joe] Biden or whoever to avert the total crisis.

In the end, it was clear he was helping avert disaster. But he was always getting varied appeals from Republicans at those moments. He was using the extremism and nihilism of that wing of the party as a bargaining chip. Saying, “Hey, Biden or [Sen. Harry] Reid, you want to work with me because these guys could take that over the edge.”

Jeff Stein

Even that can look like a political expedience argument for maintaining power. Today, Ross Douthat at the New York Times had a column trying to place Trump on the x-axis of populism on the one hand and conservatism on the other, and on the y-axis of authoritarianism on one end and chaos on the other. Where do you put McConnell on that grid?

Alec MacGillis

I see McConnell stepping into moments to try to avert the total crisis because there is in him just enough of a conservative instinct that at the end of the day [he] wants to conserve the country. There’s maybe just enough of that to help avert the crisis at the last moment. But he will get as much out of it as he can for the party.

The best gauge of what he will do is to ask the question, “What will he think will most help the party in the next cycle?” That is how he thinks. That is what it is all about. Whatever his calculus for how they will next perform in 2018 or 2020 — what he needs to do to win those elections — that’s what will guide him.

And that’s what guided him in the Obama years, and that’s what will guide him in the Trump years. His insight was that the way you beat Obama is by grinding things to a halt, which would hurt the Democrats more because they were the party in the White House and the party of government, and because it would undermine Obama’s whole comity shtick. Which paid off beyond McConnell’s wildest dreams by now electing someone who fed off voter anger with Washington dysfunction.

Jeff Stein

But I think there’s something actually comforting there for liberals. If you’re a Democrat who is terrified of what Paul Ryan wants to do to the safety net, then maybe there’s an opportunity here to exert political pressure he may be genuinely responsive to.

On the other hand, it seems from what you’re saying that the peril here is if standing up to Trump on something important is politically difficult — whether [McConnell] fears a Trump-backed primary candidate or for increasing the divisions within the Republican primary — it seems extraordinarily unlikely he’ll do that. Whereas a McCain figure or even a Ryan figure might be more willing to make sacrifices that could hurt the party’s cohesion for the country.

Alec MacGillis

You bring up an important point, which is that it’s not just what will increase the chances for the party faring well but also for himself faring well in the next cycle. You can completely see him steering clear of complications with Trump if he worries it will hurt his own reelection in four years.

During Romney’s election, for so many other years as leader, McConnell was so closely tending to his own personal prospects. At crucial moments when he as the Republican leader should have been stepping forward to really show the way on substantive issues, he was really just not there. Immigration, in 2006 and 2007, McConnell [then the leader] completely ducked out of the debate and did not even speak on the floor. He was just a nonentity and ceded his leadership role, essentially, because of how worried he was about how it would affect his 2008 reelection.

In early summer of 2006, he went to Bush and said, “Mr. President, can you pull back the troops in Iraq? Because I’m worried how it will affect us in the midterms.'” That’s amazing: He said to the president, about the president’s No. 1 initiative: Please reverse yourself for this election cycle.

And then in the past few years: the repeated unwillingness to stand up to the Tea Party wing as it was arriving. His unwillingness to confront it, and its brinksmanship, more publicly. Then there was this game he played with Rand Paul, when Paul took on his anointed guy for that Senate seat in Kentucky — a mild-moderate guy — and McConnell played this very clever game. Once he realized Paul had cut away, McConnell started reaching out to Rand Paul and the Rand Paul crowd even as his own guy was falling.

I have to say one thing I got wrong about McConnell this past year was that I was surprised by the decision with the Supreme Court and the Scalia seat because it seemed like he was doing something ideologically driven and less expedient. It seemed like by refusing to even consider Obama’s nomination, he was risking firing up Democrats in a way that would hurt Republicans.

I wrote about that in the Times — that he was putting his chips out and taking a little risk for ideological gains. And in the end, of course, what followed was that he perhaps saw that blocking that nomination would fire up Republicans more and produce more cohesion for them and that the upset at the Democratic side would dissipate over time. That it would help Republicans win and also secure a lasting conservative ideological advantage.

The big question for the Trump era now that he has a big Republican majority to work with in the branches is: Will he actually push for substantive ideological gains? Has all that expediency, all that work, all this thinking about the election — was it all toward this moment where he finally has control and can do what he wants substantively? Or will it continue to just be about the next cycle to the point where he’s reluctant to do what Donald Trump or Paul Ryan wants to do because he fears they will hurt them in the next election?

That’s the big question. At what point does the permanent campaign end for him? Or does it never end?


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