Much has been written about the Republican Party’s Faustian bargain. In exchange for supporting the most unqualified president to ever occupy the White House, it would finally get its radical, conservative agenda enacted into law. By tolerating Trump’s racism, ignoring his corruption and defending his erratic behavior, the GOP’s legislative dreams (repealing Obamacare, shredding the safety net, more tax cuts for the wealthy, etc.) would become reality.
It’s a great storyline but Republicans sold their souls to the devil years before Donald Trump ever came along.
No, they did not make a deal with Satan, Lucifer, the Antichrist or the Prince of Darkness. They struck their bargain with the embodiment of pure evil itself … Mitch McConnell.
After the October 2008 presidential election, before Barack Obama even set one foot inside the Oval Office, Mitch McConnell is reported to have rallied his fellow conservatives to resist the new president at every turn … even on legislation they were in favor of.
According to Michael Grunwald’s book, “The New New Deal,” the then Senate Minority Leader demanded, “unified resistance” from his foot soldiers.
Nevermind the nation was teetering on a fiscal cliff at the time. Nevermind the global economic system was hanging in the balance. Mitch McConnell told his party faithful to put party over country and all would be fine. Sure enough, Republican obstructionism during the first two years of Obama’s presidency paid off. It led to the devastating 2010 mid-term election “shellacking” of the Democrats.
Republicans picked up 60 House seats and 6 Senate seats. Said Larry Sabato Jr., Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, of Obama’s legislative agenda, “He couldn’t get a Mother’s Day resolution passed in the House at this point. The G.O.P margin is just too large and there are so many strong opponents.”
If you recall, just prior to the 2010 Democratic debacle that swept Republicans into power, McConnell actually spilled the beans by announcing to the world “my number one priority is making sure president Obama’s a one-term president.” The country be damned.
This is the same man who later would stonewall President Obama’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat made vacant by Antonin Scalia’s sudden death … an unprecedented move in American history.
Yes, Republicans sold their souls to the devil to reach where they are today … in full control of both branches of Congress and the presidency. All thanks to the deal they made in 2008 with the devil incarnate himself, Mitch McConnell.
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