If Mitch McConnell hadn’t spent so much of the last decade-plus rhyming with his own first name in order to get a few extra votes and rake in more dark money from shady donors, there might not be quite as many people working to unseat him as there are now — after first having made a career-altering pledge to obstruct Barack Obama in every way possible, including denying him a Supreme Court appointment, and now having pledged his undying fealty to the menace in the Oval Office today.
Small wonder that anyone outside the extreme right wants to see this Senate Majority Leader unseated for the very good of the country.
That’s why it was encouraging to find out about the latest effort to oust the senior Kentucky Senator by a political action group known as “Let America Vote.” Mitch has repeatedly squashed efforts to make election day a federal holiday, knowing full well that giving more people an opportunity to get to the polls would be universally bad for Republicans — higher voter turnout in almost any demographic area nearly always benefits more liberal candidates — because Republicans only win by appealing to low-information rural voters.
Mitch even blamed Democrats for the shenanigans in North Carolina’s 9th District, the last contest of the midterm elections, in which the Republican candidate committed election fraud in order to win — McConnell called it “voter fraud” and insisted that GOP Voter ID laws would have solved what was simply a crime committed by a Republican.
Let America Vote has a two-pronged plan to get rid of Mitch, and it starts with defeating four incumbent Republican Senators who are staunch supporters of the Majority Leader: Colorado’s Cory Gardner, North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, Arizona’s Martha McSally, and Iowa’s Joni Ernst. LAV plans to fundraise toward accounts that will bankroll the general election campaigns of whichever Democratic candidate wins the primary in each of those states, which they will bolster with get-out-the-vote efforts and digital advertising on social media.
The second part of the plan targets Mitch himself with the same plan of attack later in the spring, followed by keeping an eye on any other races that seem competitive that are currently held by Republicans.
The benefits to removing Mitch are manifold: Not only is the Senate likely to flip to Democrats entirely if the national sense is that Republicans are about to lose their Majority Leader, but we will also be rid of one of the greatest obstacles to democracy ever to hold office in the Legislative Branch.
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