' This is incredible power for a politician who’s never been elected to national office and isn’t even popular in his home state. It’s really the McConnell era, and we ought to be discussing that every day, particularly whenever Donald Trump is within earshot. There’s only so much the media can do to make this situation clear. We have certain journalistic rules against beginning news stories with, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who actually runs the country, expressed support for his minion, Donald Trump. …”. Mitch McConnell is running everything. The House passed more than 400 bills last year, and about 80 percent of them are sitting around moldering on the Senate runwa; The House impeachment vote is, of course, a done deal. The bill is going to reach the Senate sometime soon, and the majority leader has been dropping tiny hints that he’s leaning toward giving Trump a pass.