Republican Leader

The Times discusses a new biography of Sen. Mitch McConnell here.

Mr. McConnell, according to the biographer John David Dyche, arrived in Washington in 1985 after a stunning upset victory based on a now-famous political advertisement featuring a bloodhound in pursuit of his opponent. By his own admission, he was not ready for the job, made several early stumbles and was desperate for press attention — a charge no one would level against him today.

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