Mitch McConnell Thinks It’s Been a Good Year for the GOP. Do You Agree?

If you’re like a lot of Americans, the end of 2017 couldn’t come soon enough at this point. Not everyone has considered the year a total dumpster fire, though. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for example, believes that anyone can see how wonderful 2017 has been!

“By any objective standard, it’s been one heck of a good year for us,” McConnell said in an interview with The Hill.

Nah, that seems pretty subjective to me. You mean to tell me that a year where the party’s leader is under serious investigation for collusion with foreign powers and sexual assault is a good one? That a year where the White House treated the press as enemies and white supremacists as friends is one to be proud of? That a year in which the party in control of both houses of Congress failed multiple times at passing health care legislation is a success?

At the very least, McConnell should remember that he spent much of the year caught in a feud with the president, a member of the same party mind you. Donald Trump was quick to tweet about McConnell’s failures, which sure doesn’t seem like a great way to have to spend the year!

So what exactly makes 2017 a banner year for Republicans? According to McConnell, one of the biggest accomplishments was appointing a bunch of judges, including a Supreme Court judge.

Okay, but nominating and confirming judges are normal duties for the president and Senate, respectively. Simply doing your job shouldn’t be considered an achievement – the American people have not forgotten how a lot of these judge positions were vacant from the Republicans refusing to do their job during Obama’s term.

The other “accomplishment” that makes 2017 a “heck of a good year” according to McConnell is the newly passed tax reform legislation. He referred to the massive corporate tax cuts as “a good issue to take to the American people” during the 2018 midterm campaigns.

If you say so, Mitch. Not even a full 25 percent of Americans believe that the tax plan is good for the country, so that may be a hard sell.

To be fair to the majority leader, McConnell never said that 2017 has been a good year for Americans, just a good year for Republican politicians. Their accomplishments may be few, but at least they put some conservative judges on the bench and saved their rich donors billions of dollars. Even this had to come at the cost of having to pretend not to notice how problematic the unethical and incompetent president is, but hooray for wealthy people getting even richer!

Now it’ll be up to American citizens to recognize once and for all that Republicans are not looking out for their best interests. What GOP leadership considers an “objective” success does not jive with the view of the people, and the 2018 elections are likely to be a referendum on that.

Maybe that’s why McConnell is stretching the truth to call 2017 a good year for the party. He already knows that 2018 is likely to be a disaster for Republicans.

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74 comments

Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Mary B
Mary B10 months ago

A good year for the repubs, MAYBE, but they have done nothing for the rest of us.

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Dan B
Dan Blossfeld10 months ago

Marianne C.,
Mitch also admitted that Trump had no chance of winning in 2016. His track record is not very good.

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Marianne C
Marianne C10 months ago

Mitch has also admitted that elections in 2018 are going to be a bloodbath for the GOP. And I not only agree with that, but wholeheartedly support it!

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld10 months ago

Barbara V.,
That is correct, and increasing the debt was a necessity. The debt has been relatively flat since 2012, although it jumped in 2016. Now, we must try to bring it back down, and the best way to do so is economic expansion. Still, we give too much credit and blame to the person at the top. ButI guess that is just human nature.

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Barbara V
Barbara V10 months ago

Shelly W: You've forgotten that Obama came into office to deal with the mess Bush left for him. You are the type that contributes to this country's having lost its greatness, which the Republicans are determinedly working towards.

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Barbara V
Barbara V10 months ago

It certainly has. They have gone amuck destroying funding and organizations meant to help people who desperately need it; they have made it clear that they are anti-women's rights; they have tried to disintegrate Obamacare, leaving some 36 million people without insurance they can afford; they are working card to destroy democracy and replace it with oligarchy; they are all set to kill Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, not giving a damn about the elderly. They care nothing, NOTHING about the environment or its wildlife; they've done nothing about pollution; they raise taxes for us so that the wealthy doesn't have to pay any. In short a cadre of evil, the likes of which I have never seen since Hitler was in power. Oh yes, it's been a wonderful year for the Repugs, who got their "man" in as president, by gum, and no doubt via clandestine means.

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Elaine W
Elaine W10 months ago

Not a good year for the planet or most people in my opinion.

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pam w
pam w10 months ago

If you're a fat, smirking oligarch without a shred of patriotism or understanding of just exactly WHO you work for....yeah, it's been a good year. Luckily for us, the Constitution still stands and they've roused a lot of activism in the last year. Better hide, Mitchie.....better hide.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara10 months ago

Reap what you sow.

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