Mitch McConnell

English: Official photo cropped of United Stat...

English: Official photo cropped of United States Senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Republican Leader, A Political Biography of Senator Mitch McConnell by John David Dyche is a mostly laudatory detailing of Mitch’s political career. One could consider it a campaign document designed to assist in a difficult re-election campaign, but this biography is more complete and detailed than the typical campaign biography. It was published in 2009 after Mitch won re-election for a fifth term.

The picture it paints of McConnell is of a very savy conservative politician with no ambitions beyond serving his state to the best of his considerable political skills. Since he is a man of principle, his statement that it was the GOP‘s first goal to defeat Obama seems out of character. He has opposed campaign finance reform throughout his career and correctly predicted the rise of the influence of outside money on campaigns. However, I doubt that campaign finance reform laws like McCain-Feingold were the cause as he claims.

McConnell is a man who knows the ways of the Senate and is matched by an equally astute politician in Harry Reid. November will decide if McConnell attains his lifelong goal of attaining his lifelong ambition of Majority Leader. Stay tuned. It should be very interesting whatever the election results.

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