SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Kevin M. Schultz
William F. Buckley Jr. was able to advance conservative ideas by publicly dissociating from antisemites, Ayn Rand cultists and John Birch conspiracists on the right-wing fringes. Mitch McConnell's problem leading America's conservative party is that all those groups are back with a vengeance.
SOURCE: New York Magazine
Columnist Jonathan Chait considers the politics of the Senate filibuster and Adam Jentleson's new book "Kill Switch," concluding that much of the mythology of the filibuster as a check on knee-jerk legislation is bogus.
SOURCE: Mother Jones
The Senate Has Used the Filibuster to Block Civil Rights Bills for Decades. That’s Another Reason for Dems to Ditch It
When the Senate filibuster was used sparingly, it was almost always to stop civil rights legislation. Now, it's used as a matter of routine to stop legislation. Democrats can choose to keep the filibuster or pass laws, but not both.
by Greg Bailey
The Republicans' choice to push through Amy Coney Barrett's nomination with the backing of a minority of the country means a new Congress must consider corrective action in the name of justice and democracy.
SOURCE: New Yorker
by Jane Mayer
Finally, someone who knows him very well told me, “Give up. You can look and look for something more in him, but it isn’t there. I wish I could tell you that there is some secret thing that he really believes in, but he doesn’t.”
SOURCE: NBC News
Sen. Mitch McConnell's great-great-grandfathers owned 14 slaves, bringing reparations issue close to home
No news articles were found in which McConnell has previously spoken of his ancestors being slave owners.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
by Ross K. Baker
Liberals don’t have to like McConnell, but they should recognize his skill.
by Ronald L. Feinman
The list includes liberals, conservatives and moderates.
SOURCE: Political Wire
“No longer will ‘blue slips’ be allowed to deny a nominee a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and vote on confirmation.”
by Jesse Hicks
He received treatments as a child at FDR’s Warm Springs. But turned his back on the March of Dimes when they came calling.
by Manisha Sinha
When Sen. Mitch McConnell declared of Sen. Elizabeth Warren that "she was warned" and yet "she persisted," he sounded like a throwback to a time when conservatives sought to silence abolitionist women like the Grimke sisters, and before them the black woman abolitionist Maria Stewart, who dared to speak out against slavery.
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