Mitch McConnell's shameless pursuit of power, explained - 2020-04-30
His devotion to winning at all costs, to ensuring there are no limits on private money in politics, to bending the rules and shunning public opinion, has done incalculable damage to constitutional norms in the US. As my colleague Andrew Prokop noted back in 2017, McConnell has almost singlehandedly broken the Senate — and with it, American politics.
New Yorker writer Jane Mayer is the latest to take a deep dive into the life and mind of McConnell. In a lengthy profile for the April 20, 2020 issue, Mayer documents McConnell's capitulations to President Donald Trump and tries to explain what's motivating them — or at least what people who know McConnell think is motivating him.
Her answer is familiar: power. It's the only thing McConnell appears to want, and there's no ideology behind it, no real worldview, no purpose. But Mayer manages to unearth some new revelations about McConnell's corruption and some of the behind-the-scenes dealings.