Mitch McConnell Is Toast
Senate Republicans are getting louder with their criticism and suggesting that it is time for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to go.
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Border Bill Failure Could Be The End For Mitch McConnell
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the longest-serving Senate leader in history for a reason. McConnell has always been able to exert his will and keep Republicans in line. The reason why McConnell could do things that were so destructive to democracy, like make up his own rules for when Supreme Court nominees get votes, and then change those rules at his own whim, was because he always had the ability to rule the rest of the House Republicans with an iron fist, but the border bill failure showed that is changing.
We have no doubt that McConnell, who believes deeply in the need to backstop the Ukrainians in their fight against Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN’s forces, is personally inclined to back the sprawling package, and many of his traditional allies agree. But it is in serious question whether he can manage — or will even try — to bring the rest of his conference along.
The backdrop is stark: McConnell’s longtime critics, for one, are growing bolder. Sen. MIKE LEE (R-Utah) called the border deal a “betrayal” and is demanding new leadership. Sen. RON JOHNSON (R-Wis.) posted a meme mocking McConnell, while Sen. TED CRUZ (R-Texas) explicitly called for McConnell to step down.
“It’s not James Lankford’s fault. It’s Mitch McConnell’s fault,” Sen. JOSH HAWLEY (R-Mo.) told Playbook. Added Sen. RAND PAUL (R-Ky.): “These were real tactical errors that he's made — and, you know, I think his public opinion polls show it.”
The border bill that McConnell backed is going to fail in the Senate today because Mitch McConnel has lost his grip on Senate Republicans.
Until now, Trump has been able to rule over House Republicans, but he couldn’t get past McConnell in the Senate.
That’s all changed.
If McConnell has lost his grip on his conference, it is over for him, as we will discuss below.