On Wednesday morning, the question on the minds of Americans every day was:
“I don’t deal with emotions,” McConnell Said ABC news. “The problem is they have to count the votes so we know where we are.”
McConnell’s reflexive aversion to questions about emotions is fascinating.but he may not be handle Emotionally, I suspect that he has certain feelings very strongly. A feeling he knows well. he might be—Might be so— So upset that Donald Trump could blow control of the Republican Senate for the second time in so many election cycles.
Consider how Trump went out of his way to harm Senate Republicans, and if you were the top Republican in the Senate you would be very upset about it.
In 2020, all Republicans had to do to retain control of the Senate was one of two runoff votes in Georgia. This should have been an achievable goal! In 2008, voters wanted to tick off President-elect Barack Obama’s administration, and they did so quite easily.
But in 2020, some Republicans didn’t see the need to apply the same checks to President-elect Biden. was Next President Biden. Trump claims the election was stolen from him and forced the Georgia Republican Senate candidate to push that message. The net effect was to lower Republican base voter turnout in the runoff compared to Democratic turnout. Republicans lost both the runoff vote and control of the Senate, and Mitch McConnell lost his job as majority leader.
The next day, a mob of rogues violently looted the Capitol in an attempt to interfere with voter counting.The day — the day after Trump usurped McConnell as the majority leader, after laying eggs with lots of ding-dongs to destroy McConnell’s workspace — the former majority leader absolutely At the time, they hadn’t spoken for about a month. they haven’t yet.
But McConnell soon returned to reluctantly accepting Trump’s top role in Republican politics. Sure, he gave another fiery speech against Trump during his second impeachment trial, but he voted against his conviction. Months later, he sought personal support from his fellow Senate Republicans to overthrow a bill that would create a bipartisan independent commission to investigate on January 6. rice field. Forget the past! All that mattered to McConnell was regaining control of the Senate, and the Jan. 6 committee, with the Republican backing, distracted from his message to the Biden administration I guess.
Republicans still very A real chance to take back the Senate. But Trump, every step of the way, has only made it harder for them to do so.
In a diffusive sense, Trump created a litmus test. There, Republicans in the precarious Senate seat had to step into at least the 2020 election denial theory to get past the primary. It was a general election knock on them all.
More directly, Trump was personally responsible for recruiting Herschel Walker, with McConnell’s team initially wary before accepting him as not worth fighting for. Trump single-handedly pushed Mehmet Oz to the Republican Senate nomination in Pennsylvania. (Trump today reportedly He also endorsed his son’s friend J.D. Vance in the Ohio Senate race, which Vance ran only after McConnell’s super PAC had to bail him out for tens of millions of dollars. . He went out of Ohio. Trump’s anger at Arizona Governor Doug Ducey for not overturning the results of his 2020 presidential election in Arizona has blunted McConnell’s ability to recruit Ducey, a leading candidate, to the Senate. Instead, with Trump’s backing, leading Republican voters elected Blake Masters, a newbie with insecure feelings who is hanging for the life of his beloved against Democratic Senator Mark Kelly. I called.
McConnell’s super PAC has bailed out or tried to bail out many of Trump’s favorite candidates this election cycle. The Senate Leadership Fund spent tens of millions of dollars on each of the Senate elections in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina. Trump held a number of rallies for select, mediocre groups, mostly sitting on cash.
Had it not been for Trump’s lazy malice, McConnell could have waited to see what the final majority numbers would look like today as he celebrated incoming Senator-elect Doug Ducey and Dave McCormick. If the Democrats can’t win both Nevada and Arizona, that’s enough to retain control of the Senate.
And Trump, who plans to announce his presidential campaign next week, Could ruin Georgia again By making all the news about him.While we work on it, don’t forget that Trump has Also It’s throwing a racist nickname at McConnell’s wife (Trump’s former Secretary of Transportation).
If you were Mitch McConnell, this man—How are you feeling today?right you Are you so angry with Donald Trump that you can hardly contain yourself? emotions?