Commentary: Reagan Reed
“Grim Reaper.” “Apex Predator.””Massacre Mitch.” Somehow it seems that whenever someone tries to insult U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), they just end up making him sound cooler.
It would seem that “Cocaine Mitch” has embraced yet another insult hurled his way. When asked recently about being called an “Old Crow” in the incessant whining of a cringe former president, the based Kentucky Senator chucked and embraced the moniker.
“It’s my favorite bourbon,” McConnell told the Washington Examiner. “Aren’t we using Old Crow as my moniker now?” he said, turning to his staff. “It was Henry Clay’s favorite bourbon.”
A fact check by the Texas Citizen Journal has confirmed that Clay, a famous Kentucky senator and perhaps one of the most influential House speakers in U.S. history, was in fact a fan of Old Crow, which has been around since the 19th century. McConnell is also in the company of President Ulysses S. Grant, Confederate General Jubal Early, and Mark Twain in his fondness for Old Crow.
McConnell’s embrace of the “Old Crow” moniker is reminiscent of how he got the nickname “Cocaine Mitch”. The insult was coined by West Virginia coal magnate and unsuccessful senate candidate Don Blakenship, who concocted a bizarre conspiracy that McConnell was some kind of drug lord. McConnell’s team leaned into it, tweeting a photo-shopped image of McConnell with white powder flying around him to taunt Blakenship after election day.
Nobody owns the populists better than “Cocaine Mitch”.
Now, Trump and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) of Jewish Space Laser fame are on a quixotic crusade to have McConnell deposed as GOP leader. McConnell is the guy the populists love to hate. But is their antipathy warranted?
The greatest conservative policy accomplishment of the Trump Administration, namely, the reshaping of the federal judiciary and the appointment of three Federalist Society judges to the Supreme Court, was more thanks to McConnell than Trump. McConnell’s adept maneuvering kept Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat open and allowed nominees for federal courts to be fast tracked for confirmation by the Senate. The only thing Trump (who had probably never even heard of the Federalist Society or originalism prior to running for president) had to do was pick names off a vetted list of candidates. The judges Trump appointed were judges who would have been nominated by pretty much any of the other GOP presidential contenders in 2016.
Trump and Greene can rail about the “establishment” McConnell all they want, but the fact that not a single sitting Republican senator will commit to voting against him as majority leader is telling. “Cocaine Mitch” isn’t going anywhere.
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