Why can’t Mitch McConnell stand by his decision to grant Joe Biden a legislative win, threatening GOP success in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections?
If he’s so proud of the bill and so pleased with its bipartisan support, why not stand right next to Joe Biden during the signing ceremony to mark such a momentous occasion?
Because Mitch McConnell is a worm, a snake in the grass willing to slither over to any corner that grants him political victories. Except this isn’t a victory and Republicans will have to face the consequences come ’22.
The Senate Minority Leader revealed he won’t attend a White House signing ceremony for the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF), after being mocked by former President Donald Trump.
”No, I’ve got other things I’ve got to do other than go to the signing ceremony,” McConnell a Kentucky radio station.
McConnell voted for the bill, along with 19 Senate and 13 House Republicans, which sparked criticism from Trump in his latest public statement.
NEW TRUMP STATEMENT: "Why is it that Old Crow Mitch McConnell voted for a terrible Democrat Socialist Infrastructure Plan, and induced others in his Party to do likewise, when he was incapable of getting a great Infrastructure Plan wanting to be put forward by me…" pic.twitter.com/oZTZkLxM8m
— VINnews (@VINNews) November 10, 2021
Despite Trump’s misgivings, McConnell has touted the infrastructure bill, which will give significant money to his state, primarily to increase broadband access.
”This bill was basically written in the Senate by a bipartisan group,” McConnell said in the same interview. ”I think it was good for the country, and I’m glad it passed.”
Establishment Republicans like McConnell are so used to losing, so used to curtailing their initiatives around liberal backlash, they have no idea what it means to be victorious. They lose constantly and will continue to do so without the influence of Donald Trump.
While the bill may have given this or that amount of money to his state, the larger implications of what it will mean for the country cannot go overstated. Now the Democrats have the momentum and could easily pass the remaining social infrastructure bill without any GOP support whatsoever through reconciliation.
Still, McConnell has made it a priority to stress the difference between BIF and the “Build Back Better” (BBB) plan that the Democrats will try to pass without GOP votes in the House or Senate, a distinction Trump sees as erroneous.
And Trump is 100% correct.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth