A mobile billboard will be following Moscow Mitch McConnell around, telling him to impeach. The message he’ll see in Washington, D.C., and get from Kentucky, courtesy of the Need to Impeach campaign: “Moscow Mitch: Do your duty or lose your job.”
The campaign has focused on McConnell before, but Kevin Mack, the lead strategist for the group, told Newsweek that “things are different” now that Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has been given the boot by voters in favor of Democrat Andy Beshear. “We believe that ultimately Mitch McConnell cares most about Mitch McConnell, so he will take action to protect himself and that will require him to hold the president accountable,” Mack said. Referencing reports that there are at least a couple of dozen of Republicans who would impeach if the ballot were secret, he said, “If Mitch McConnell says vote your conscience, we’re going to see a very different vote … we will put pressure on Mitch McConnell to do his job.”
In addition to the billboard in Washington, the group is planning actions in Kentucky. It will be amplifying the work of activists from MoveOn and the Bluegrass Activist Alliance in Lexington. Those groups are sending activists to McConnell’s office and holding a rally Wednesday afternoon at which state Sen. Reggie Thomas and activist Chuck Eddy will speak, telling McConnell to put country over party.
Meanwhile, McConnell is saying that he has no intention of doing so. Despite the fact that he as leader of the Senate will have the profound constitutional duty of acting as the head of the jury in the impeachment, he’s ignoring it. “Tomorrow, I’m going to be paying attention to what we’re doing in the Senate,” he said Tuesday evening. Which is shoving through rabidly extreme and unqualified Trump nominees to lifetime jobs in the federal judiciary.
Not a good look, Mitch, while the world is watching. Bevin’s loss in Kentucky might be more a reflection of how much everyone hated him rather than a Democratic wave, so Mitch might feel safe in blowing off the impeachment. He shouldn’t. It also proved that Democrats can win in Kentucky, and someone who is 16 points underwater with his home state voters shouldn’t feel so complacent.