Mollie Hemmingway calls for McConnell to be replaced

Mollie Hemmingway, the editor-in-chief of The Federalist, just published an article arguing that the “GOP can’t be successful until Mitch McConnell is gone.” 

Hemmingway, in the piece, uses the Republican Senate Minority Leader’s recent statements regarding the $1.7 trillion “omnibus” spending bill to make her argument.

Background

There were 18 U.S. Senate Republicans who voted in favor of the spending bill, helping the Democrats to get it through the upper chamber by a margin of 68 to 29. McConnell was leader among the 18 and many of them would probably not have supported the bill without McConnell.

Something worth pointing out is that McConnell voted in favor of the bill despite the fact that there were more Republicans in the Senate who opposed the spending bill than who supported it. And, this was even more true in the U.S. House of Representatives, where only nine Republicans voted for the bill.

The Republicans who opposed the bill did so on the grounds that it went far beyond what it was supposed to be, namely, a bill to avert a government shutdown. The $1.7 trillion price tag is sufficient to prove that.

Completely out of touch

One controversial part of the bill is the part that gives another $45 billion to Ukraine for its ongoing war with Russia. McConnell made it clear that he is strongly in favor of this.

“Providing assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians is the number one priority for the United States right now according to most Republicans,” McConnell said. “That’s how we see the challenges confronting the country at the moment.”

This is the first statement that Hemmingway took issue with. She wrote:

The comment about Republican priorities is so false as to be completely delusional. Among the many concerns Republican voters have with Washington, D.C., a failure to give even more money to Ukraine simply does not rank.

After amply supporting this proposition, Hemmingway takes issue with another recent statement from McConnell, in which he said, “I’m pretty proud of the fact that with a Democratic president, Democratic House, and Democratic Senate, we were able to achieve through this Omnibus spending bill essentially all of our priorities.”

Hemmingway disproved this by noting:

The American people voted for Republicans to take over control of the House of Representatives, and House Republicans had begged McConnell to push for a smaller, short-term bill to keep the government funded while also giving them a rare opportunity to weigh in on Biden’s policy goals. McConnell allies dismissed House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and other House members who tried to persuade Republican senators not to support Democrats’ spending frenzy.

It’s time for change

Hemmingway uses these examples as a basis to go to argue that, since McConnell clearly doesn’t represent Republican Americans’ interests, he needs to go.

Hemmingway writes:

So long as Mitch McConnell is the top elected Republican in D.C., eagerly trashing Republican voters, vociferously advocating for Democrat policy goals, pushing $1.7 trillion Democrat spending packages, and weakly fighting for whatever Republican goals he can be bothered to pursue, Republicans have a major problem. This is beyond obvious.

There is no doubt that many would agree with Hemmingway here.

McConnell has one of the worst favorability ratings of any Congress member, which is currently 23.7%. The sooner he goes, the better off Republicans and America will be.

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