My readers know that I have one author I love to quote: Me. So here goes:
In late February of 2016, I wrote an article, "Is Conservatism Dead?"
I closed the article with the following, "We have no leaders and no fight-to-the-death issues. Except one: Scalia’s replacement. Conservatism will continue to live and breathe if the next President makes the appointment. Conservatism is dead if President Obama makes the appointment. It’s binary. And Mitch McConnell is the man in the crosshairs."
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Instead of a liberal named Merrick Garland we got a Conservative name Neil Gorsuch.
I got myself a new hero; a guy named Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
A guy who we see on television but know so little about. Allow me to fill in the blanks, with a great assist from Wikipedia. Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. was born on February 20, 1942, in Alabama. (Happy Birthday Mitch). He was educated at the University of Louisville (BA) and went to law school at the University of Kentucky (JD).
His career in public service started out as the Jefferson County (Kentucky) judge/executive. He then became the Acting United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of legislative Affairs.
He became U.S. Sen. McConnell, from the great state of Kentucky, in 1984.
He is in his sixth term. He became Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Majority Whip, Senate Minority Leader and, in 2015, Senate Majority Leader. At this point, Sen. McConnell is the longest serving United States Senator from Kentucky in history and the longest serving United States Republican Senate Leader in history.
Mitch McConnell is married to Elaine Chao, Cabinet Secretary under Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump. He has three children from a previous marriage. Their net worth of approximately $20 million is mostly due to "gifts" from her family.
Along the way Senator McConnell made Time’s 2015 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He founded the James Madison Center for Free Speech. He was inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution. And he had the dubious honor of being repeatedly skewered by Jon Stewart on comedy Central's "The Daily Show," often likened to a turtle.
So now that you know everything about our Senate majority leader, what makes him so special? The answer is: Mitch McConnell knows what he believes in. And he is willing to fight for it. We’re used to leaders named Paul Ryan and John Boehner and Eric Cantor waiting to "reach across the aisle" to sell out our party and our country.
Mitch McConnell comes from the Reagan-Trump style of governing: Let’s articulate our core beliefs and let the other side join us. And if that doesn’t work let’s go over their heads and appeal to the American voter.
Reagan got 49 states for his reelection. So might Trump.
Majority Leader McConnell holds the record for fewest judges approved in the last two years of an opposing president’s term. In other words, President Obama got very little from Majority Leader McConnell. Indeed, Mitch McConnell calls his non approval of nominee Garland the "most consequential" action of his career. And what has he done for President Trump? He’s over 190 Federal judges, a full one fourth of the Federal Judiciary. And don’t forget Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Mitch McConnell doesn’t shrink from a fight.
He is the perfect legislator for the very active President Trump.
And then there was the impeachment process. The common wisdom was that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chairmen Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff were too powerful and too crafty; that President Trump would get roughed up and become damaged goods heading into reelection. The uncommon wisdom was that Mitch McConnell would eat their lunch.
Pelosi tried to get her rules for the Senate impeachment trial.
Mitch McConnell asked, "How can she have leverage by not sending over something we don’t want?"
Nancy Pelosi got forced into the impeachment process when she lost her caucus.
Mitch McConnell scored a clear victory in the impeachment process when he held his caucus. No new witnesses. Rising poll numbers for the president. And the self-destruction of Nancy Pelosi at the end of the State of the Union Address.
Let 'er rip!
Game, set and match.
There’s a postscript.
In a press conference following the impeachment hearings, Mitch McConnell chastised the Democrats. He said that they should put forth policy positions rather than propose the destruction of revered American institutions. He said "No" to U.S. Supreme Court packing, "No" to abolishing the Electoral College, "No" to ending the presumption of innocence, "No" to ending due process, "No" to weaponizing the Constitution's impeachment clause.
So, I say "Yes!" to Mighty Mitch.
Sid Dinerstein is a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. He founded JBS Associates, a 600-person financial service company, and currently combines politics and business with Niger Innis in Inclusive Elections LLC, a firm that brings urban electorate voters to the GOP. He is the author of "Adults Only: For Those Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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