Mitch McConnell is not a popular guy with Republicans. In fact, you can make an argument he’s one of the biggest reasons Donald Trump is president. The GOP base was fed up with his poor leadership during the Obama years and all you have to do is look at his polling numbers to figure out that more voters view him as part of the problem than the solution to the problem.
Here’s what the voters thought about Mitch back in October which was after his big Gorsuch victory but before the tax reform win.
From Washington Examiner:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ranked dead last on a recent poll of senators’ popularity.
Exactly 55 percent of Kentucky voters disapprove of the lawmaker’s job in office while one-third are content, according to Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.
Mitch McConnell didn’t want Trump to win. He had no interest in a candidate that threatened to upset the balance of power that establishment guys like Mitch enjoy. Trump isn’t beholden to anyone. McConnell is beholden to all the fat cats in D.C. That’s a recipe for disagreement.
In 2016, Mitch said some ridiculous things about Trump and you can make the argument he did everything he could to make sure Trump lost.
However, something weird over the last year or so.
Mitch has totally changed his tune. In fact, he just said something about Trump that no one would have guessed back in 2016.
From The Daily Caller:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that 2017 “was the best year for conservatives in 30 years” in an interview with Fox News’ Dana Perino.
“2017 was the best year for conservatives in the 30 years that I’ve been here,” McConnell said. “The best year, on all fronts. And, a lot of people are shocked because we didn’t know what we were getting with Donald Trump. He was doing fundraisers for Chuck Schumer three or four years ago.
Mitch felt the need to get a little dig in by bringing up the Schumer thing. Not sure what he was talking about there. Sure, Trump had some liberal positions in the past but that’s no excuse for trying to derail him the way Mitch did. Regardless, it sounds like Mitch has realized he was wrong.
Here’s the clip.
The Heritage Foundation agrees with McConnell on this one.
From Western Journal:
According to a prominent conservative think tank, President Donald Trump has accomplished more in his first year in office — at least in one respect — than former President Ronald Reagan.
Near the end of the Obama administration’s tenure, the Heritage Foundation created a list of 334 policy recommendations, known as the “Mandate for Leadership,” that they hoped the next Republican president would follow.
One year into Trump’s presidency, an analysis conducted by the think tank determined that 64 percent of those prescriptions have been pursued by the new administration.
Is Mitch finally on board the Trump train?
We’ll have to wait and see. A little early to trust him 100%.
Definitely a step in the right direction, though.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]