Michael A. Cohen is a columnist for The Boston Globe on national politics and foreign affairs and is the author of American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division (2016). Previously, he was a columnist for The Guardian, The Observer, and Foreign Policy. He has also worked as a speechwriter at the US State Department and has been a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. (February 2019)

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Mitch McConnell, Republican Nihilist

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a Capitol Hill news conference, Washington, D.C., January 29, 2019

A formerly moderate, pro-civil rights, pro-abortion rights, reform-minded politician has enabled a president who not only has set back race relations, but has also packed the Supreme Court with conservative, pro-life judges. A senator who once railed against budget deficits and alleged foreign policy weakness in Democratic presidents has advanced a trillion-dollar deficit and a president who appears to be compromised by a foreign power. An institutionalist who has sought to protect the Congress’s prerogatives as a co-equal branch of government has allowed Trump to chip away at them with barely a demurral.