Wineke: Minority “Leader” McConnell won’t lead

Mcconnell Says Gop Open To $600 Billion For Infrastructure
J. Scott Applewhite

FILE - In this April 20, 2021, file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks after a GOP policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington. McConnell says Republicans are willing to spend up to $600 billion for roads, bridges and other projects. That's far less than what President Joe Biden is seeking, but is in line with a new $568 billion proposal put forward by other Senate Republicans.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked the other day about the way Donald Trump is trying to purge the Republican Party of its leadership ranks.

McConnell wasn’t interested. He said he is devoting “100%” of his energy to blocking the programs proposed by President Biden.

Trump, in the meantime, is issuing calls for the Republicans to oust McConnell, whom he calls “gutless and clueless.”

I don’t agree with the former guy about much, but he may have a point with McConnell.

McConnell is arguably the top elected Republican legislator in the nation. You’d think he might feel a little responsibility to helping the United States solve some of its many challenges.

President Biden does have an agenda. He has spelled it out. He wants to invest in rebuilding the nation’s physical infrastructure, rebuild roads, bridges, highways and expand broadband internet so that people in rural areas can have opportunities similar to city folk.

He also wants to make daycare affordable for working parents, make two years of post-high school education free, that sort of thing.

The thing is that these are real issues affecting real people.

McConnell and his fellow Republicans don’t have to agree with Biden. They could try doing something truly radical, like proposing their own solutions.

They could, but they won’t. They won’t because they are spending 100% of their time (with the exception of the time they spend trying to appease Trump) trying to block Biden so they might return to power.

And, if they succeed, what then will they do to make life better for the American people?

Nothing.

We know that because McConnell had the same attitude about President Obama. He blocked everything Obama proposed. In 2016 his party took power and spent two years in a fruitless effort to destroy everything Obama accomplished during the brief period he had the votes to do so.

The Republicans didn’t even adopt a platform explaining their priorities in 2020. They just said they would back Trump whatever he did.

I guess if your entire purpose in life is to make sure no problem ever gets solved, there are ways to accomplish that goal.

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why anyone would want to devote his or her career to such a goal.