Senator McConnell (R-KY) talked tough for weeks on the debt ceiling.
Then, when push came to shove, just as I predicted, he caved.
This may have been the last straw for McConnell, as chatter among Republican aides says his reputation took a significant hit on this one.
Can He Recover?
If you read CJR regularly, you know I do not like McConnell, not a bit.
He is an obstructionist who serves a purpose from time to time, but I would prefer to see him removed from office.
I do not live in Kentucky, however, so there is nothing I can do about that other than point out the fact he is an establishment grunt who rarely delivers on his promises.
The debt ceiling was just one in a long list of failures for McConnell, but it surely will not be his last.
After he caved on the debt ceiling, he published a tough guy letter to Biden, saying Republicans would not help Dems again on that front, but he has zero credibility on this front.
Even Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) is taking shots at McConnell now.
He stated, “I think this was a crisis entirely of McConnell’s making when he decided to announce the caucus’s position this summer.
“He created drama and thought it would go a lot differently than he expected and then he blinked.
“He put his caucus into a tough position.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has always been loyal to McConnell, added, “I believe Democratic Leader Schumer was on the verge of surrendering and then unfortunately … Republicans blinked. I think that was a mistake.”
According to a report on Newsmax, there are already rumblings about who will take over if McConnell slips further or if Trump decides to run and wins in 2024.
If that happens, there is simply no way Trump will work with McConnell, so it could force the hand of the Senate, especially if McConnell has another major gaffe before the next election.
I firmly believed McConnell should have had a hard challenge in the primary, but people keep pulling the handle for him even though he regularly is among the lowest approval ratings in Congress.
I say strike while the iron is hot. Oust him from leadership and get some fresh blood in there that will actually get something done and stand up for conservatives in this country.
Source: The Hill