Why no talk of defeating Mitch McConnell in 2020?

David Beilstein, Lion's Den column / Headline SurferBy DAVID "DAN" J. BEILSTEIN
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MONTPELIER, Vt. -- How come we're not talking about defeating Mitch McConnell? We -- as in classical liberals, conservatives and libertarians? 

Establishment Republicans keep insisting we focus on the invariable Trump reelection loss in 2020. 

Establishment Republicans keep insisting we focus on the invariable Trump reelection loss in 2020. 

Okay. 

Whatever happens, happens. But I'd like to see much better odds at McConnell getting his ass kicked hard right out of Congress.

 

Mitch McConnell at a glance

Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. (born February 20, 1942) is an American politician and the senior United States Senator from Kentucky. A member of the Republican Party, he has been the Majority Leader of the Senate since January 3, 2015. He is the 15th Republican and the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate. McConnell is the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky history.

During the administration of President Barack Obama, McConnell was known to the left as being an obstructionist, while opinion on the right was sharply divided. Some on the right praised him for tenacity and courage, while others criticized him for being part of the political establishment and not keeping his promises to conservatives. McConnell has gained a reputation as a skilled political strategist and tactician.

From early 2016, McConnell refused to schedule Senate hearings for Obama's nominee to the Supreme CourtMerrick Garland, to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. Garland's nomination remained before the Senate for 294 days, from March 16, 2016, until it expired on January 3, 2017, more than double the time of any other Supreme Court nomination. Later, McConnell used the so-called "nuclear option" to lower the threshold for overriding filibusters for Supreme Court nominees to a simple majority, with the aim of confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Court.

US Senate Elections

1984: McConnell ran for the U.S. Senate against two-term Democratic incumbent Walter Dee Huddleston. The election race wasn't decided until the last returns came in, and McConnell won by a thin margin—only 5,200 votes out of more than 1.8 million votes cast, just over 0.4%. McConnell was the only Republican Senate challenger to win that year, despite Ronald Reagan's landslide victory in the presidential election. Part of McConnell's success came from a series of television campaign spots called "Where's Dee", which featured a group of bloodhounds trying to find Huddleston, implying that Huddleston's attendance record in the Senate was less than stellar. His campaign bumper stickers and television ads asked voters to "Switch to Mitch."  

1990: McConnell faced a tough re-election contest against former Louisville Mayor Harvey I. Sloane, winning by 4.4%.

1996: McConnell defeated Steve Beshear by 12.6%, even as Bill Clinton narrowly carried the state. In keeping with a tradition of humorous and effective television ads in his campaigns, McConnell's campaign ran television ads that warned voters to not "Get BeSheared" and included images of sheep being sheared.

2002: McConnell was re-elected against Lois Combs Weinberg by 29.4%, the largest majority by a statewide Republican candidate in Kentucky history.

2008: McConnell faced his closest contest since 1990. He defeated Bruce Lunsford by 6%.

2014: McConnell faced Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in the Republican primary. The 60.2% won by McConnell was the lowest voter support for a Kentucky U.S. Senator in a primary by either party since 1938. He faced Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general election. Although polls showed the race was very close, ultimately McConnell defeated Grimes by 56.2%–40.7%, resulting in a margin of victory of 15.5 percentage points – one of his largest margins of victory, second only to his 2002 margin.

In Popular Culture

• McConnell appears in the title sequence of seasons 1 and 2 of Alpha House making a speech with Matt Malloy's Senator Louis Laffer apparently standing just behind him.

• Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart repeatedly mocked McConnell for his supposed resemblance to a turtle or tortoise.

-- Source: Wikipedia
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David "Daniel" Beilstein, spent the better part of a decade in Central Florida, in New Smyrna Beach in particular as a reporter for the former daily community newspaper, the New Smyrna Beach Observer, in 2008, and later attended Full Sail University. A kidney issue forced him to return to Essex, Vt., in November 2014, but he has agreed to continue writing his community column, the "Lion's Den" for HeadlineSurfer.com, owned and operated by award-winning journalist and Publisher Henry Frederick under NSB News LLC. Headline Surfer is a registered trademark.