It’s more like fear and loathing in DC (Washington).
The Senate returns to Washington this week to face crafting a short-term funding bill to prevent a potential government shutdown. Again.
Also looming over the Senate is what to do about Mitch McConnell. As the WSJ rightly notes, “You can tell who is loved and hated by the way they are treated about health issues.” President Joe Biden can trip, stumble, and mumble his way through his term at the White House, but God help Mitch McConnel, who has frozen twice within five weeks. D.C. sages are urging him to resign.
Mr. McConnell, 81 years of age, fell and suffered a concussion in last March. And no, he is not the same, agrees the WSJ, before explaining how McConnell has acquired many enemies on both sides of the aisle since becoming GOP leader in 2007.
Democrats loathe him because he’s been effective in defeating their fondest ambitions. He almost single-handedly made the current Supreme Court majority possible by blocking Merrick Garland’s nomination in 2016 after the death of Antonin Scalia.
(McConnell’s) speech has long been slow but it seems more labored now. The moments when he has frozen for 20 seconds or so, and had to be helped by colleagues or aides, are difficult to watch.
Washington’s double standard on the health of politicians is also something to behold. Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman ran for the Senate after suffering a stroke and he still struggles. The press ignores it. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein didn’t know her aides had sent out a press release saying she wouldn’t run for re-election in 2024.
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