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"The Long Game: A Memoir" Excerpt by Mitch McConnell

"The Long Game: A Memoir" Excerpt by Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is out with his memoir, "The Long Game." Read an excerpt from his introduction. 

"A big part of the problem with the Senate today is the way many politicians on both sides of the aisle style themselves as saviors. It’s not only self-serving nonsense in most cases, it’s exploitative of the voters. And it reflects a fundamentally un-American view of how our political institutions were meant to function. The proper basis of government, James Madison believed, was human frailty. That’s why it was just as important to Madison, in devising the government we have, not only to protect the people from their own worst impulses, but also to protect them from the worst impulses of those they put in office. And that’s also why the moment we conclude that our political institutions are no longer up to the task of resolving the challenges we face is the moment we give up on the American project altogether. Why? Because in the end it's the institutions, not the flawed men and women who pass through them, that will save us from ourselves and from the politicians we're all so fond of criticizing."