I believed the Kentucky Republican when he said in 2016 that an election-year Supreme Court docket emptiness “shouldn’t be crammed till we’ve got a brand new president” — earlier than he crammed a Supreme Court docket emptiness eight days earlier than the 2020 presidential election.
I believed him when he excoriated Democrats in 2013 for “breaking the principles” and utilizing the “nuclear possibility” to get rid of the filibuster for lower-court nominees — earlier than he broke the principles and used the nuclear option to get rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court docket nominees in 2017.
I believed him when he stated President Donald Trump was “virtually and morally chargeable for scary” the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection — earlier than voting to acquit Trump and declaring he would support him if he’s the Republican nominee in 2024.
I believed him the day after the 2016 election when he stated “the election is over, we all know who received” and “the American individuals understand that should you get 270 electoral votes, you’re president” — earlier than refusing for weeks in 2020 to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden and defending Trump’s proper “to look into allegations of irregularities.”
I believed McConnell even when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) declared on the Senate ground in 2015 that McConnell was a liar and “that when the bulk chief seems us within the eyes and makes an express dedication … he’s prepared to say issues that he is aware of are false.”
I believed him final 12 months when he told the White House that Democrats must increase the debt ceiling with none assist from Republicans — earlier than he helped Democrats increase the debt ceiling.
I believed McConnell in 2019 when he stated he would work along with his Democratic counterpart on an impeachment course of — earlier than announcing that “I’m going to take my cues from the president’s legal professionals.”
I believed McConnell’s years of statements in support of revealing the identities of political contributors — earlier than he used a filibuster in 2010 to dam laws requiring such disclosure.
I believed McConnell in 2009, when he threw his backing behind a proposal for a bipartisan debt fee to get federal spending beneath management, calling it “our greatest hope” and urging the Obama administration to get on board — earlier than utilizing a filibuster to dam the proposal after the Obama administration supported it.
I believed McConnell in 2006 when he embraced complete immigration reform, a key precedence of President George W. Bush — earlier than McConnell opposed just such a proposal when it received to the Senate ground in 2007.
I believed McConnell in 2014 when he insisted, “make no mistake,” that the Senate would take motion on President Barack Obama’s immigration government motion — earlier than he didn’t convey the Senate to behave on the matter.
I believed McConnell way back when he pledged to help collective bargaining for public-sector unions — earlier than he referred to as such a pledge “open pandering” and dropped it, as Alec MacGillis recounts in his guide “The Cynic.”
I believed McConnell when, as MacGillis additionally recounts, McConnell took a “feminist perspective” on Roe v. Wade and blocked ordinances that ran counter to abortion rights — earlier than packing the courts with abortion opponents and floating a nationwide abortion ban.
I believed McConnell when he vigorously supported the Iraq Struggle in public, whereas urging Bush in personal to withdraw some troops.
I believed McConnell when he called cash in politics a “most cancers” and argued for marketing campaign spending limits — earlier than devoting his profession to opposing such limits.
I believed McConnell when he took positions on earmarks, minimal wage will increase and banning flag burning — each when he was for them and towards them.
I believed McConnell when he stated in 2019 that background checks can be “front and center” in Senate talks on gun laws, when he stated in 2016 that he would put renewable energy tax credits in an aviation invoice, when he reached an settlement along with his Democratic counterpart on nominees to the Federal Communications Fee, and when he repeatedly vowed to open up the Senate modification course of.
None of this stuff got here to move, both. However imagine me: I nonetheless imagine Mitch McConnell.