Republican voters have gotten a lot better in recent years.
Republican politicians, particularly the elderly senators around Mitch McConnell who collectively rule the party, are a different story. We’ve seen this dynamic play out over and over again.
“Fifteen Republican senators voted Thursday to end a filibuster on legislation to enhance background checks and provide billions of dollars in new mental health services, giving the bill a good chance of passing Congress and getting signed into law. …
But the talks received a major boost when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tapped Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to lead the negotiations with Democrats.
Negotiators released the text of the 80-page bill Tuesday. Here are the 15 Republicans who voted Thursday to advance it to a final vote …”
Here are some recent examples:
- Standing with Ukraine (Cornyn went there for a photo op with Zelensky)
- Juneteenth (John Cornyn’s greatest accomplishment)
- Criminal justice reform
Juneteenth is a particularly striking example.
John Cornyn created a fake federal holiday that was supported by only 7% of Republican voters. Most Americans knew little about Juneteenth until it was foisted on them by the cowards in the Senate. It goes without saying that Lindsey Graham is a catastrophe on lots of different issues.
Fortunately, Blunt, Portman, Toomey and Burr are on the way out, which will weaken McConnell within the Senate Republican caucus. If you really want to shake up and change the direction of the Republican Party, this shows that the way to do it is through getting more involved in Senate races. That’s the critical chokepoint. Just ask Joe Biden who really rules Washington these days.