Mitch McConnell Says Caring About Legislative Process is For Losers. He’s Wrong.

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/NewscomEarly in the morning on Saturday, after Senate Republicans passed major tax legislation on a party-line vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a question about the speed with which the bill had been passed.

The final text of the bill, which ran nearly 500 pages, had been released just a few hours before the vote, and included pages that were crammed with handwritten notes at the margins, and portions of legislative text crossed out in pen. Last-minute deals were struck with several GOP senators throughout the day, and those changes as well as others had been hastily added into the bill.

What did McConnell think of some of the process concerns that Democrats had raised in objection to the bill? McConnell’s response was to dismiss the worriers as losers: “You complain about process when you’re losing.”

What McConnell was saying, essentially, was that process doesn’t matter.

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