A Strange but True Journey Inside the GOP Power Vortex With Senator Lamar Alexander

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No hacking involved. Just a long flight with no screen protection

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) said goodbye to the chamber in a farewell speech ahead of his retirement after 18 years, advising his colleagues “to seek broadly backed, durable solutions to the nation’s problems rather than succumb to easy partisanship,” as The Washington Post put it.

His ally and party leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), choked up with emotion over his friend’s departure — and was roundly trolled on Twitter for his comparable lack of tears for COVID-19 victims. On MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell dismissed the moment in disgust, calling Alexander a useless senator who “signed onto the Mitch McConnell cult” and said that both were “spineless enablers… quislings who cower in the shadow of Donald Trump.”

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Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times.