If you read CJR regularly, you already know how hard I have been pushing back against Senator McConnell (R-KY) remaining in a leadership position.
We need new blood, period, and that day may come far sooner than we thought.
Senator Graham (R-S.C.) has just announced that unless McConnell can work out his difference with Trump, he will not get his backing as the party leader in the Senate.
What the Future Holds
Earlier this week, McConnell announced that he would run for another term as Senate Leader.
The announcement did not go well with those hoping for fresh blood.
Graham has different concerns, though, stating, “If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with President Donald Trump.
“He’s the most consequential Republican since Ronald Reagan.”
He continued, “Can Senator McConnell effectively work with the leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump?
“I’m not going to vote for anybody that can’t have a working relationship with President Trump. … If you can’t do that, you will fail.”
Here is the problem, however.
If McConnell does step down, the top three candidates to replace him are not exactly exciting.
According to a recent Politico report, the top candidates would be “Thune the South Dakotan, McConnell’s current deputy, as well as former whip John Cornyn of Texas” and Senator Barrasso.
I can tell you that Senator Thune would be a big problem for Trump, and Cornyn is no lock to get Trump’s support, either.
I also know the new wave of Republicans wants no part of an establishment candidate being put in that role.
These may be the top candidates on the Senate front, but they better do some polling real quick because I believe any of those names would fall short of meeting our expectations.
If McConnell gets ousted as leader, who would you want to see take over that role?
Tell us in the comments section below.