To be honest, I'm not necessarily that impressed by the grand spending plans that various Democratic primary candidates have unveiled to date because, like Mitch McConnell, I know there's a real possibility that Republicans will still control the Senate in 2021.
The Senate majority leader spoke to supporters in Kentucky yesterday morning where he said he will kill every Democratic proposal that comes along if he's still the majority leader.
Deriding the "Green New Deal" and "Medicare for All," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to be Congress' "grim reaper" and thwart all progressive proposals on the Senate floor.
"If I'm still the majority leader of the Senate after next year, none of those things are going to pass the Senate," the Kentucky Republican told a small crowd during an event in his home state Monday. "They won't even be voted on. So think of me as the grim reaper: the guy who is going to make sure that socialism doesn't land on the president's desk."
It's not that I think passing aggressive climate change and universal health care legislation are bad ideas.
They are great ideas, but I also know that passing these things won't be easy even if Democrats regain control of the Senate with a slim margin of 1 or 2 seats.
Democratic candidates who want to impress me can't just put numbers on a piece of paper and call it their plan. I want to see plans for expanding the electorate and winning control of the Senate. And that does not mean pandering to racist voters who supposedly suffer from "economic anxiety," it means attracting first-time voters or those who usually stay at home.