Yesterday, I wrote that McConnell’s pre-emptive surrender on the Planned Parenthood defunding fight in order to maintain peace with the Democrats made him equivalent to a modern day Neville Chamberlain. With the news that McConnell is actively engaging Democrats in a joint effort to defeat the defunding fight and avoid the showdown, it is apparent that the more apt historical parallel is actually Philippe Pétain, leader of Vichy France in World War II. It’s helpful to understand whySen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the way he is and why he must be replaced as leader of the Republicans.
Perhaps no historical figure experienced a more total and complete fall from grace than Pétain. Pétain was perhaps the single most important French hero in the victory over the Germans in World War I. His steady leadership at the pivotal battle of Verdun and his calm hand in quelling the French army mutinies in 1917 were probably the single most important factors in the ultimate Entente victory over the Germans.