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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mitch, leading from behind

Senator Mitch McConnell wants so much to go down in history as a statesman and martyr for the Republican Party. He was sidelined by the Tea Party, and yet that faction of the GOP may be lost in the fog of Election 2016, giving rise to his voice on matters.

McConnell's role is often as the insider commentator.

Sen. Mitch McConnell: "Trump clearly needs to change, in my opinion, to win the general election. What I’ve said to him both publicly and privately: 'You’re a great entertainer. You turn on audiences. You’re good before a crowd. You have a lot of Twitter followers. That worked fine for you in the primaries. But now that you are in the general, people are looking for a level of seriousness that is typically conveyed by having a prepared text and Teleprompter and staying on message.' So my hope is that he is beginning to pivot and become what I would call a more serious and credible candidate for the highest office in the land."

If you are so hot and knowledgeable, Senator McConnell, why did you not seek the highest office?

Outside of the bourbon state, he hasn't been popular. In fact, he has, at times, been one of the least popular politicians in America. He lacks charisma and charm. He is a professional politician who clings to his office by the thread of a majority of constituents.

His publicly advising Donald Trump won't make a bit of difference. Suggesting that Trump can pivot away from his bigotry is like trying to hide the raising of the Confederate flag in a Zika bill amendment. Gotcha.

Mitch McConnell and the 'good old boys'

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