President Trump may be smart enough to save us on his own, but unfortunately he is surrounded by imbeciles and assholes who sabotage him at every turn. Mitch McConnell has been useful on occasion, but has sadly put himself in charge of a circular firing squad. As I write in today’s column for Real Clear Politics, McConnell is the Wile E. Coyote who makes sure the Road Runner Dems always have the last laugh. Let me know what you think.
Wile E. McConnell, Outsmarted Again by Road Runner Dems
By Frank Miele
The headline in the Washington Examiner last week was infuriating for conservatives: “McConnell blasts Democrats for stalling 128 Trump nominees.”
But if you are a conservative, you would be wrong to be angry at those darn Democrats for acting like, well, Democrats. The problem isn’t the Democrats; it is the haplessness of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who keeps trusting the opposition party to act like, well, Republicans.
McConnell is the Wile E. Coyote of politicians, and if you expect him to ever eat the Road Runner Democrats for lunch, you need to watch more cartoons — seriously.
Here’s the gist of the latest episode, as reported by the Examiner:
“Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s … office charged Wednesday that 128 of Trump’s nominees have faced votes to end debate on those candidates, a practice Republicans say is aimed at slowing down the pace of considering them. According to data from McConnell’s office, the last six presidents combined saw just 24 of these procedural votes for their nominees during their first two years in office.”
So let me get this straight: Halfway through President Trump’s first term, more than 100 appointees are stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate by parliamentary rules approved by Republicans — and we are supposed to blame … Democrats?
No, it’s McConnell’s fault. The truth appeared in the last paragraph of the story:
“By using current Senate rules to demand a vote to end debate on nominees, Democrats are able to delay final votes on these candidates by 30 hours. Republicans have considered whether they should change Senate rules so that only eight hours would have to elapse after these procedural votes, instead of 30.”
The key words in that paragraph are “Republicans have considered.” President Trump is expected to run the government of the United States by appointing competent people as judges, ambassadors, U.S. attorneys, you name it, and meanwhile the Republicans who run the Senate are there to “consider” things. That just about sums it up.
Of course, even when Republicans manage to do more than consider things, they tend to screw it up. How did Paul Ryan manage to be speaker of the House for three-plus years and accomplish nothing more than ensuring that Democrats would take over the House for the next two years?
It would be easy to develop a grand conspiracy theory where establishment Republicans are working hand-in-hand with Democrats and embedded bureaucrats to ensure that no outsider could come into the government and upset decades of corrupt sweetheart deals and entrenched power. Call it the Deep State. But we don’t have to go there when there is an easier, more obvious solution at hand — sheer bumble-headed, arrogant Wile E. Coyote incompetence. The coyote may be good at blueprints and procedures, but getting results is not his strong suit.
Take McConnell’s refusal to discard the “Senate institution” of the filibuster, for instance. If McConnell had listened to President Trump about restoring majority rule in the Senate two years ago while Republicans held the majority in both houses of Congress, the GOP could have dramatically shifted policy on every major issue facing the country. Border security? You got it. Tax reform? You got it. Obamacare repeal? You got it. Late-term abortion restrictions? You got it. Spending cuts? You got it.
But what we got instead was McConnell’s stubborn insistence that the institutions of the Senate (not, it is important to note, the Constitution) were to be upheld.
Read the conclusion at Real Clear Politics.
Frank Miele writes from Kalispell, Montana, at www.HeartlandDiaryUSA.com and is a columnist at Real Clear Politics. To see more of my columns about the Dishonest Media, the Deep Swamp, the failed presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and Trump’s war to restore American greatness, read my “Why We Needed Trump” trilogy. Part 1 is subtitled “Bush’s Global Failure: Half Right.” Part 2 is “Obama’s Fundamental Transformation: Far Left.” Part 3 is “Trump’s American Vision: Just Right.” They are available at Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions.