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Sen. Mitch McConnell.
The defeat of the omnibus spending bill in the senate yesterday represented, as Steve Manacek notes below, an enormous achievement–just enormous. That achievement belongs to the senior senator from Kentucky.
To be sure, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina did stout service, threatening to demand a reading of the 1,924 omnibus spending monstrosity, while Sen. John McCain appeared on all the talk shows, urging Americans to take to email and Twitter to oppose the outrage. (And it was good to see John McCain enjoying himself attacking Democrats instead of his fellow Republicans.) But it was minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell who held the Republicans together–again. McConnell lacks the sheer force of personality that made Lyndon Johnson so irresistible in the Senate, but he possesses high intelligence, utter mastery of the Senate’s arcane rules and customs, and–this is becoming increasingly clear–a determination to stand on principle.
As Kim Strassel writes in this morning’s Wall Street Journal:
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell accomplished a mini Christmas miracle. The Kentuckian devoted yesterday to making the arguments–both principled and political–to the Spending Nine [the nine Republicans tempted to support the spending bill]. He was ultimately persuasive enough….
And the lesson for Republicans (yet again)? Unity and principle rule. Mr. McConnell held his members against ObamaCare, and won an election. He held them on taxes, and force President Obama to help the economy. And this week, by holding together on something equally straightforward–a promise of sical responsibility–Republicans turned what could have been a black eye into a bitter humiliation for Mr. Reid [the Senate majority leader] and other supporters of an irresponsible spending blowout.
Since the presidency of John Kennedy–or, perhaps, even that of Franklin Roosevelt–the press has conditioned us to look to the White House for high drama. Over the next couple of years, though, the highest drama will unfold on Capitol Hill. And even if he has an undistinguished speaking voice and unprepossessing looks, I don’t care. Mitch McConnell is my hero.