Strong leaders stand on principles and only work towards compromise when it aligns with these established standards. But right out of the gate, newly-elected Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is trumpeting his commitment to barter with the Biden White House.
The top Republican, in a message to the president, said that the parties need to find areas of agreement similar to those reached thus far in 2022.
He included the massive infrastructure package, computer chips, school safety, and mental health treatment.
McConnell should be basking in the glow of his 37-10 reelection tally and lining up the Republican agenda. That agenda is made much more achievable by the GOP’s coming control of the House.
But instead, he trumpeted efforts to find common ground “between the 40-yard lines” with the Democratic administration.
Mitch McConnell's Concerning Remarks About 'Compromise' https://t.co/i60z62EQQJ
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Further showing his unwillingness to stand against Biden and his allies, McConnell sounded much like the White House this week when explaining his party’s underwhelming performance in the midterms.
The Kentucky senator blamed the results on independents and moderates believing that many Republicans are caught up in “chaos, negative, excessive attacks.” He added that many independents and party moderates were “frightened.”
Exactly how is this line of reasoning different from that being spread by Washington Democrats and their media allies? Biden and his ilk for months lashed out at the GOP for undermining the very foundations of our democracy, which is blatantly “negative” and “excessive.”
As if on cue, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) declared that he looks to work with McConnell to thwart “MAGA” and said many are “afraid” of this faction.
Schumer added that Republican “extremists” will not work with anyone in the Senate. He then chided the GOP to turn away from the right flank or it will lead to disaster.
Similar to that found by following the advice of your opposition’s leader.
McConnell secured his reelection as Minority Leader and thus has a clear path to follow. That path should not lead to compromising Republican principles to simply get along with the Senate majority and White House. Now more than ever is the time to stand firm.