Why haven’t we heard more from Mitch McConnell on health care? The Senate Minority Leader has kept relatively quiet on the administration’s reform efforts, a stance that has irked many conservative activists who feel McConnell is ducking his duties as de facto Republican Party leader, writes Stephanie Mencimer for Mother Jones. McConnell “could single-handedly destroy this bill,” says pro-life firebrand Randall Terry. “But so far he has not displayed the backbone."
McConnell’s reserved style has earned him criticism before: Erick Erickson, editor of Red State, slammed him in January for going along with the stimulus, and conservative activist Manuel Miranda publicly called him “limp-wristed” for not opposing the Sotomayor nomination more strongly. But supporters say McConnell’s strategy is wise: He doesn’t need to “match Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi blow by blow with sound bites,” says Grover Norquist—it's better to let the Dems bungle health care, and take advantage later.