Anyone who has been listening to the rhetoric on the campaign trail in contested Republican primaries around the country knows that it’s Trump’s skepticism about Ukraine, rather than McConnell’s internationalism, that is motivating GOP voters to turn out this year.
The imagery of Republicans supporting such a large amount being sent abroad at a time of domestic woes such as inflation, supply chain shortages such as that affecting baby formula and a crisis at the southern border that has created a flood of illegal immigrants heading into the country, goes against the GOP’s midterm strategy of holding Biden accountable for the deplorable state of the country.
McConnell’s willingness to agree with Biden about rushing aid to Ukraine because of the urgency of its wartime needs may eventually come back to bite him if a GOP Congress elected this fall pursues oversight for the spending. Indeed, the lack of transparency in the aid bill is a real problem. Despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky being given the Churchill treatment by the international press, his government is well known for corruption. If much of what is being sent to Kyiv winds up in the pockets of friendly oligarchs or officials, McConnell may regret choosing not to insist on accountability for the aid process while buying into Biden’s talking points about saving democracy in Eastern Europe.