The Curious Case of Mitch McConnell's Genius

Being in the White House is bad for a party in subsequent elections even when the president is popular, and being in the White House during bad times is even worse.

The steely gaze of a political genius?

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Liberals have converged on a consensus about Mitch McConnell and congressional Republicans: The party's rejectionist strategy for dealing with Barack Obama (oppose everything, filibuster everything) has been electorally brilliant yet has cost Republicans when it comes to results on policies. MSNBC’s Steve Benen makes the case today; Vox’s Matt Yglesias has separate posts on the benefits and costs to Republicans from McConnellism.

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