What You Can Expect with the Midterm Elections

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With the midterm elections just a few weeks away, poll after poll has shown that the Republicans are essentially guaranteed to win back the Senate from the Democrats. While I personally would prefer this not to be the case, I can tolerate such results under the condition that come Election Day, Kentucky senior Senator and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell loses his bid for reelection to Kentucky State Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Perhaps the most significant reason I despise Mr. McConnell and do not want him to be the most powerful person in the Senate is by his own 2010 admission of congressional Republicans, in a National Journal Interview, that “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

Many McConnell apologists will defend his remarks, pointing out that he followed them by saying of President Obama, “…If he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.” When one considers that congressional Republicans have proposed nothing but the same failed policies and unworkable supply-side “voodoo economics,” pursued by former presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, that have created many, if not most, of the challenges that the United States currently faces, McConnell had no right to talk about the president trying to compromise on proposals that were either nonexistent or unworkable.

Furthermore, during the 2013 government shutdown spearheaded by Texas junior Senator Ted Cruz over Republican demands to defund the Affordable Care Act, McConnell was caught on tape with Kentucky Junior Senator and likely 2016 G.O.P. presidential contender Rand Paul talking about compromising over the funding of the Affordable Care Act as a precondition to reopening the government, rather than continuing with their earlier demands to completely defund the law, which time has proven to be an overall success, if imperfect. Regardless of how effective the act may be regarding its intended goals, orchestrating an entire government shutdown and holding the global economy hostage is irresponsible at best. Instead, they should have proposed amendments that might make the act better.

At the end of the day, McConnell should be condemned for condoning and being part of the widespread obstruction that congressional Republicans have used against President Obama since he took office on nearly every major issue. As I previously said, even if they disagree with the president’s intents, they should be trying to propose workable amendments and alternatives as opposed to trying to sabotage him. Ultimately, the unprecedented disrespect that our president has faced from congressional Republicans suggests that too many of them (and too many of their supporters, for that matter,) can’t deal with the fact that the most powerful black man in the Oval Office is sitting at the desk instead of mopping the floor.

Michael Rock | News Cult