It is undeniable that the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, is a skilled lawmaker, and perhaps the most powerful force in recent history of the Senate, given his years in command, but for what purpose has he used his influence? to push the policy forward? To make meaningful concessions? To strengthen the institutional anchors of the Senate? barely. He hovers over the majestic body as the kind of miserable character who asserts that I am against everything the other side wants. And while you would imagine that, given their differences in style and temperament, it would have served as a bulwark against Donald Trump’s presidency by securing the independence of the Senate, he has allowed the imperial presidency to spiral out of control, in the two impeachment trials and in the aftermath of the January 6 Rebellion. According to Ira Shapiro, author of Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans Abandoned America, his focus has been on stacking the federal judiciary, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court, with conservative judges. If it means depriving Merrick Garland of Senate hearings or reversing the reasoning he used in the Garland case to speed up Amy Connie Barrett’s rise to court, so be it. How has McConnell’s “success” been traced to the fortunes of our country and the public’s confidence in the body he so often controls? Find out in this podcast.