Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a Fox News OpEd Tuesday issued a stern warning to the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House – don’t obstruct, govern.
“Last Tuesday I was proud to see that the American people voted keep Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate,” McConnell wrote. “But we also learned that, come January, the Republican Senate majority will be dealing with a House of Representatives under Democratic control.”
McConnell touted his bipartisan achievements in the Senate, even though Democrats have been in the minority for years.
Republicans did this one their own:
“Both houses of Congress have taken swift action to right-size a bloated federal regulatory state. The Senate has shattered records in confirming the president’s well-qualified judicial nominees, including two outstanding jurists to serve on the Supreme Court.”
The following was done without bipartisan support:
“And together, we passed the first comprehensive reform of the nation’s tax code in a generation. Already, Americans’ paychecks are growing, consumer confidence is high and unemployment has reached a near 50-year low.”
Twitter didn’t take kindly to McConnell’s call for unity, as he spent the entirety of Obama’s presidency stopping at nothing to block the 44th president’s agenda, despite his having been elected in two historic landslides.
McConnell claimed that “the past two years of unified Republican government will be remembered as a period of historic productivity,” and that he hopes Democrats will choose to put partisan politics aside for the sake of productive governance.
“So make no mistake, he said. “The Senate has proven its ability to reach bipartisan solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.”
Why, then, is McConnell refusing to enact legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller?
If you’re feeling bipartisan-y, I suggest you start with supporting the bipartisan legislation to protect Mueller. Time to cut bait and get on the right side of history. You have greatly damaged our democracy, but you can start taking steps to build it back up.
— Linda Lotspeich (@llotspeich) November 14, 2018
Merrick Garland. Kavanaugh. Blocking 82 of Obama's nominees.Refusal to bring up a protect Mueller bill to the Senate floor.Setting your prime goal at the outset of his election: making Obama a one term president.
You are the master of relentless partisanship. But it's a new day.
— Kim Stewart (@DoryWilson) November 14, 2018
The Kentucky Republican, infamous for his historic obstruction and warping of Senate rules under President Barack Obama, swiped at Democrats for daring to deliver to their voters what they had promised – holding President Donald Trump and his corrupt administration accountable.
McConnell famously said that his one goal was to make Obama a “one-term president.” He failed, but it set the tone for how the Senate functions for years to come.
Merrick is only one, albeit an important, data point. McConnells outrageous obstruction goes back much further. He tried to block and delegitimize every action taken during the Obama presidency. He blew up long-standing norms to block many dozens of judges. 1 https://t.co/48m4RKsA3y
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) November 14, 2018
“That message may have been lost on a few House Democrats, who have made clear their preference for investigations over policy results,” McConnell wrote. “After years of rhetoric, it’s hardly news that some are more interested in fanning the flames of division than reaching across the aisle.”
“But however Democrats interpret the latest message from voters,” the Majority Leader said, “Senate Republicans will continue our commitment to delivering results.
Good to see your sense of humor is intact. Mine will kick in the day your successor is sworn into the Majority Leader position.
— Hope Hacks (@HopeHacks) November 14, 2018
McConnell continued, vowing to put the interests of the middle class first.