“Think of me as the grim reaper”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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.

  • Nefercat

    “racist voters who supposedly suffer from “economic anxiety,””
    And yet we are never asked to concern ourselves with the “economic anxiety” of those who live in large cities or on the east or west coast and who surely are economically anxious. Why does “economic anxiety” count only if you are a MAGAt in flyover country? What could possibly be the reason?

  • Draxiar

    The Grim Reaper is way too cool so he doesn’t have the right to commandeer his likeness. No, Mitch is just a democracy loathing asshole and I can’t wait for him to be taken by the Grim Reaper…that day is long overdue.

  • muselet

    Getting rid of Mitch McConnell would be good for the Ds and good for the nation.

    It would also be good for my blood pressure.


  • So far Buttigieg has been talking about the “economically anxious” crowd a lot and I’m not having it.

  • Badgerite

    That last paragraph for sure. Good point. People don’t vote for Democrats, they will not get any of this any time soon if ever.

  • Scopedog

    I wish that some purists would put more time into going after McConnnell and the GOP instead of lobbing salvos at Pelosi and Democrats in the House and the Senate. McConnell is the real danger, possibly more than Trump.

    • Badgerite

      Exactly. trump isn’t the only one who betrays the country on a daily basis.

    • Christopher Foxx

      But lobbing salvos at Pelosi and Democrats is easy, and going after McConnell would actually require them to make an effort.

      And if there’s anything purists hate more than anything they faux protest against, it’s actually making an effort.