I had a long talk with a couple of friends who are part of a think tank this week. There is no shortage of post-mortems on the 2016 election and no shortage of fingers pointing at a maddeningly vast array of problems.
But for me, the biggest problem is the guy in the video. It's not often that I find myself agreeing with Dana Milbank, but I believe with every fiber of my being that the person who will be written of in the history books as responsible for the end of this experiment in democracy is Addison Mitchell McConnell.
He's traded this nation for partisan advantage. He's bargained away this nation's electoral integrity for the sake of feeding into the tribalism that is tearing this country apart. He is willing to subject Americans to a narcissistic sociopath who may or may not (DOES) have dementia, so that he can have someone to sign his bills for tax cuts for 400 of the wealthiest people, even if it robs tens of millions of their healthcare. He's fine with allowing a hostile foreign entity to infiltrate our country (including our nuclear powerplants, FFS) for the ability to be the Senate Leader.
This is treason.
This is evil.
This is Mitch McConnell.
The man who broke America.
ABC's "This Week" - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; Walter Shaub Jr., outgoing director of the Office of Government Ethics; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Panel: Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.; Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.; Jason Riley, and Katrina vanden Heuvel.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee; Ronna Romney McDaniel, head of the Republican National Committee; former CIA Director John Brennan. Panel: Robert Costa, Ruth Marcus, Kristen Welker, and Rich Lowry.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; and Cruz; former Dallas Police Chief David Brown; Victor Chacsis, former top adviser to President Bush on North Korean affairs. Panel: Margaret Brennan, Michael Crowley, David Ignatius and David Nakamura.↓ Story continues below ↓
CNN's "State of the Union" - Haley; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; former Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Panel: Jennifer Psaki, Nina Turner, former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. and Rep Scott Taylor, R-Va.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Elliott Abrams, of the Council on Foreign Relations; Anne Applebaum of The Washington Post; Ian Bremmer, author of “Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World”; Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America; Sergey Karaganov, dean of the School of World Economics and International Relations, National Research University-Higher School of Economics; David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group and chair of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
CNN's "Reliable Sources" - John Avlon of The Daily Beast, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times and John Gizzi of Newsmax. Kirsten Powers of USA Today, Ben Jacobs of The Guardian, Kyle Pope of Columbia Journalism Review, Rep. Eric Swalwell of Calif; Robert Leonard, news director of KNIA/KRLS radio.
"Fox News Sunday" - White House chief of staff Reince Priebus; Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. Panel: Brit Hume, Juan Williams, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.
So, what's catching your eye this morning?