|By Bill Reinsch - November 12, 2014|
Following last Tuesday’s congressional election, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke about his plans for running the Senate when the Republicans take over in 2015. He said all the right things about opening up the institution, allowing the Senate to work its will – permitting amendments and open debate, letting the committees mark up bills – the things the Senate used to do back when it was working (and when old people like me were working there). I have no doubt he meant what he said – just as his predecessors in both the Senate and House meant it when they said the same thing. The truth is every incoming leader promises to make the institution work as the Founding Fathers intended, and every one of them meant it at the time.