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At Debate, 2020 Dems Demonstrate They Have No Idea How to Deal with Mitch McConnell

Elizabeth Warren said she had a “plan” to handle McConnell if she’s president. But when she explained her plan, it made little sense.

By NTK Staff | 06.27.2019 @9:14am
At Debate, 2020 Dems Demonstrate They Have No Idea How to Deal with Mitch McConnell

Democrats appearing in the first televised debate of the 2020 presidential primary tried to solve a problem like Mitch – McConnell, that is.

But when pressed, few could actually articulate a coherent plan that answered the question: how would a Democratic president work with the Republican Senate majority leader?

When asked if they had a plan, “the candidates generally had little to offer,” per McClatchy’s Lesley Clark.

“I do,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said to audience applause. She suggested that even if McConnell remains majority leader after 2020, Democrats need to “push from the outside, have leadership from the inside and make this Congress reflect the will of the people.”

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, who has championed efforts to tackle climate change, quipped that he’d take action “first by taking away the filibuster from Mitch McConnell.” It takes 60 votes to limit debate in the Senate. Democrats now control 47 of the 100 seats.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, pressed for Democrats to broaden their appeal beyond the two coasts.

“If you want to beat Mitch McConnell, this better be a working-class party,” he said. “If you want to go into Kentucky and take his rear end out, if you want to take Lindsey Graham out, you have to have a blue-collar party.”

Politico’s Playbook described the McConnell question as one that “tied Democrats up in knots Wednesday night.”

“The question shouldn’t be a surprise,” the authors wrote. “McConnell’s stewardship of the institution has been an animating and nettlesome issue for Democrats for years. Not a single candidate had a coherent theory of the case of how to woo McConnell, or make him bend to their demands.”

John Delaney’s response to Chuck Todd’s question — why will McConnell bend to you? — was he would operate in a more bipartisan manner. Sen. Cory Booker suggested that his work on criminal justice reform was a blueprint of how to break McConnell.

McConnell’s team was unfazed by all the attention their boss received.

“The entire line of attack is ironic because their effort to demonize McConnell is centered around him doing too much for Kentucky and preserving a conservative Supreme Court,” McConnell political adviser Josh Holmes said. “Clearly Democrats have conceded McConnell’s reelection because I can’t think of two things Mitch McConnell himself would like to talk about with more frequency than those.”

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