When he was Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell did everything he could to ram through his agenda without any regard for what the Democrats (or a majority of Americans) wanted. Now that he’s no longer in majority control, McConnell is taking a new disingenuous approach: trying to take credit for the Democrats’ work.
The Democrats passed an economic stimulus and relief package earlier this year, with virtually no Republican help. Mitch McConnell was particularly vocal in fighting against it. But now, according to NBC News, McConnell is bragging about it to his constituents in Kentucky: “You’re going to get a lot more money. I didn’t vote for it, but you’re going to get a lot more money.”
This weird attempt at having it both ways did not go unnoticed. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called attention to Mitch McConnell’s quote, adding “Vote no and take the dough.”
Of course we’ll likely see more of this kind of Republican doublespeak as the year goes on. Congress is looking at passing a two-track infrastructure plan; the bulk of it will happen without any Republican support. Yet Mitch McConnell and other Republicans will still try to take credit for the Democrats’ work.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report