Mitch McConnell Got Everything He Wanted. But at What Cost? Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature The president whom the Senate Republican leader helped elect has turned out to be the one thing he can’t control. Mitch McConnell in the United States Capitol in December. Credit Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times Supported by ByCharles Homans Jan. 22, 2019 At sunrise, there it was: a red-tailed hawk, its gyre widening over the United States Capitol building in the Creamsicle-colored light, like the world’s least subtle literary reference. It was still there by midafternoon, drifting on the thermals over the mostly depopulated National Mall, wheeling occasionally past the window in the hallway outside the office where the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, sat on the 20th day of what would soon become the longest government shutdown in American history. That morning, Jan. 10, … [Read more...] about Mitch McConnell Got Everything He Wanted. But at What Cost?
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There's a hardcore of Corbynistas who regularly attack Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson. They threaten deselection; accuse him of war-mongering, disloyalty, of supporting austerity and of being a “Blairite”. There’s abuse: “Get the f*** out of our party!” It must be weird to be harassed by these newcomers given that Watson has been in the Labour Party his entire political life. But he’s not going anywhere. “Centrism is not dead in Labour,” he says. “One wing of the party needs the other for this broad church to be successful. Right now the tradition that Jeremy represents is dominant. But plurality is the only solution. It’s essential for everyone’s voice to be heard for us to be electorally successful.” Nor should anyone be thinking of leaving, he says when I ask about rumoured defections. “Stay and fight. Fight your corner; build your case. Don’t stop. That’s what I’ve … [Read more...] about Tom Watson: Centrists need to stay to make Corbyn a better PM