Sunday, November 08, 2020

More thoughts on the disruption of conventions by Trump, McConnell, and the Republicans

As I discussed yesterday, President Trump consistently ignored the rituals and conventions of politics in the United States. Of course, he could also count on the Republican party to not challenge him on that score – after all, Mitch McConnell had already begun to ignore conventions before Trump's election, at the latest with his refusal to hold hearings on President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Yet now the Republicans are going to denounce Joe Biden and the Democrats whenever they break with conventions, even as McConnell will continue to bring no bills passed by the House of Representatives to the Senate floor while Republicans decry the "do-nothing Democrats." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 8 November)

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