Mitch Mcconnell Is Breaking The Senate—Commentary

So McConnell took on a new legislative role, of managing his party’s extreme elements, so he could better help them win the next election.
McConnell still had certain tactics he could use to delay appointments, but he had been stripped of his best tool for blocking them outright.
It was this that spurred McConnell to deliver his January 2014 speech on “Restoring the Senate.
“It was a complicated dance, because McConnell also wanted to remain on the good side of conservative base elements that had flexed their muscles in several recent primary fights.
But the new class of conservatives was more extreme than the ones McConnell had worked with over the years — and this presented him with a problem.

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