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Is it time for Mitch McConnell to go?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has officially announced his reelection campaign, but many people think it's about time for McConnell to move out of his office. McConnell has dramatically changed Senate rules to allow his party to more efficiently put judicial nominees on the bench, blocked Merrick Garland's nomination and was largely absent during the government shutdown. His supporters say he is merely pushing legislation he thinks will better the nation. What do you think?

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McConnell recently pushed through rule changes that limit the amount of time Senators are allowed to debate presidential nominees, dropping the time from 30 hours to two. While McConnell claimed the change was to prevent the minority party from stonewalling presidential nominees—a tactic McConnell himself practiced extensively—critics say he is trying to weaken the majority party's power in order to pack courts. Newsweek opinion writer Robert Reich argues McConnell's actions are unfair and have hurt the Senate.

Step by step, McConnell has sacrificed the Senate as an institution to partisan political victories.
...The difference between winning at politics by playing according to the norms and rules of our democracy, and winning by subverting them, could not be greater. Political victories that undermine the integrity of our system are net losses for society.
Great athletes play by the rules because the rules make the game. Unprincipled athletes cheat or change the rules in order to win. Their victories ultimately destroy the game.
In terms of shaping the federal courts, McConnell has played “the long game”, which, incidentally, is the title of his 2016 memoir. Decades from now, McConnell will still be shaping the nation through judges he rammed through the Senate.
But McConnell’s long game is destroying the Senate.
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While complaining extensively about Democrats blocking presidential nominees in 2019, McConnell has never shown any sign he regrets his decision to similarly stonewall Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee. Per the Washington Post

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) bragged about his opposition to Garland at a political gathering in his home state earlier this month.
“One of my proudest moments was when I looked Barack Obama in the eye and I said, ‘Mr. President, you will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy,'” he said to cheers at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic.
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McConnell was completely absent during most of the government shutdown which dragged from late 2018 to early 2019. As of January 23, the Hill reports McConnell blocked four bills that would fund the government while debates over the wall continued.

Democrats have been coming to the floor on a near-daily basis while the Senate is in session to try to bring up the House package, even though the GOP leader has said he will not allow them to come to the Senate floor.
Under Senate rules any one senator can try to pass a bill, but any one senator can also object.

Not only did the shutdown occur on McConnell's watch, he refused to allow Senators to debate bills in good faith.

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Some note McConnell routinely makes political calculations he believes will result in the best solution to any crisis. During the shutdown, he refused to bring bills to the floor he knew would fail.

McConnell changed his tactic in late January, allowing both Democrats and Republicans to bring bills to the Senate floor for a vote. Jim Manley, who worked for former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, told Vox he believed McConnell was planning for both bills to fail, giving him more leverage to broker a compromise.

“It looks to me like he’s taken a playbook out of previous House leaders like Boehner and Ryan, calling for a vote knowing that both are going to fail to show everyone involved that the votes aren’t there and we need another plan,” says Manley of the Thursday votes.
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While McConnell's perceived lack of movement on the shutdown frustrated critics, his absence successfully protected Senate Republicans from blame.

As Majority Leader, McConnell is responsible for maintaining the power of his party. By staying to the sidelines and allowing Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to battle President Trump, he staved off any criticism. Per NBC News:

Because viewed from a purely political perspective, McConnell's approach has been a resounding success — at least, so far: only 5 percent of registered voters surveyed in a Politico/Morning Consult poll this month blamed congressional Republicans for the shutdown while 47 percent blame Trump and 33 percent blamed Democrats.

While the shutdown hurt the government, McConnell's actions could save Republicans from retribution in the polls in 2020.

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McConnell landed on Time's 100 Most Influential People list for 2019, earning a glowing write-up from former Speaker of the House John Boehner. 

One person has done more to defuse these crises time and again than any other individual in American government. His steady hand at the tiller of the U.S. Senate has been a source of stability for our economy and certainty in our tumultuous political process. With his mastery of parliamentary procedure and commitment to principled democratic governance, he has shaped the direction of the Supreme Court for generations to come. He has done this while staying true to the priorities of the people from his beloved home state of Kentucky, who with good reason have entrusted him to be their voice in Washington.
My friend Mitch McConnell is that leader. 

While his opponents disagree with his actions, he is widely respected by his colleagues on the same side of the aisle.

FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Is it time for Mitch McConnell to go?
#MitchRules
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