Mitch McConnell


(RepublicanWire.org) – Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is not a very popular guy on the right at the moment.

Conservatives are unhappy about the way that McConnell handled the midterms, as well as his willingness to work with Democrats on spending for Ukraine.

Conservative analyst Mollie Hemingway is now saying that Republicans are going to keep having problems until McConnell is no longer in office.

She writes at The Federalist:

GOP Can’t Be Successful Until Mitch McConnell Is Gone

Comments Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made on Tuesday show why he has become the single biggest obstacle to GOP success.

The Kentucky Republican claimed giving more money to Ukraine is “the No. 1 priority for the United States right now, according to most Republicans.” The new $1.7 trillion Democrat spending bill he enthusiastically supports would give Ukraine another roughly $45 billion in assistance, bringing the total over the past eight months to more than $100 billion, a staggering figure even if it weren’t happening during a time of inflation, looming recession, and other serious domestic problems.

The comment about Republican priorities is so false as to be completely delusional. Among the many concerns Republican voters have with Washington, D.C., a failure to give even more money to Ukraine simply does not rank.

A large coalition of conservative groups, including the Heritage Foundation and the Conservative Partnership Institute, publicly opposed ramming through more Ukraine support during the lame-duck session before Republicans take over control of the House on Jan. 3, 2023. Strong pluralities and majorities of Republicans have told pollsters they want decreases, not increases, in foreign spending and global military involvement.

Many Republican voters support helping Ukraine fight Russia’s unjust invasion, but it is absolutely nowhere near their top issue, contrary to McConnell’s false claim.

Conservatives are tired of feeling betrayed.

(RepublicanWire.org) – While the incoming House Republican majority is urging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to hold leverage on Democrats’ spending agenda before the new Congress, the leader is closing on a deal with Democrats anyway.

Instead of pushing a continuing resolution until after Republicans hold the House after Jan. 3, McConnell said a deal on a yearlong government funding bill are getting “close.”

Democrats said Tuesday they had been willing to pass legislation to keep the government operating past the end of the week and avoid a government shutdown — like was forced on then-President Donald Trump in the middle of his term.

“I think we’re very close to getting an omnibus appropriations bill,” McConnell told reporters after the Tuesday Republican Senate leaders’ lunch.

McConnell ruled out returning to Washington, D.C., to finish the omnibus after Christmas recess if it does not pass by Thursday, Dec. 22.

House Republicans say that McConnell, should only agree to help Democrats fund the government until mid-January. The timeline would give Republicans more leverage in budget negotiations since the party is set to control the House of Representatives. 

“Republican voters fought hard to win back control of the House to take away insane spending control from the Democrats,” said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. “Mitch McConnell is on the verge of taking away House Republicans’ power of the purse next year by making a dirty deal with the Democrats.”

Marjorie Taylor Greene wasn’t alone. Others have urged McConnell to wait for the GOP to be in power, before passing government spending for the entire year.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Reporters caught up with Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, at a rally for Eric Schmitt on Monday.

When asked, neither Republican said they would support Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for another term as Senate majority leader if the Republicans take back the Senate in the midterm elections. 

When speaking with reporters, Hawley, one of the most conservative lawmakers in Washington, said he would prefer new leadership. 

Hawley’s disagreements with McConnell stem from issues like the funding of the Ukrainian people in their war with Russia and the outrageous spending legislation that passed. 

His response to a direct question regarding whether he would support McConnell or not, Hawley replied, “I don’t imagine I will, no. I’m not sure if any other senator will run or not. Nobody’s indicated they would. But my view is that we need new leadership in that position.”

This week, Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida surfaced as a possible replacement for McConnell. 

Trump called him a “likely candidate” and a “very talented guy” who is “highly underrated.”

“I think Rick Scott is a likely candidate — he hates the guy,” Trump said, implying that Senator Scott is not a fan of Mitch McConnell, to put it mildly.

Scott is the chairman of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. He and McConnell reportedly are at odds over policy decisions and have a frayed relationship. 

Rick Scott was a guest on the Sunday edition of Meet the Press. Moderator Chuck Todd posed a question to Scott about challenging McConnell for the Senate Majority leader position. 

Scott didn’t rule it out but responded diplomatically.

“I’m not focused on anything except getting a majority Tuesday night”…the first step in this hypothetical situation. 

Todd chided him for giving a “non-answer” and his response was the same. He’s focused on the midterms. 

In an interview, Arizona’s Trump-endorsed Senate hopeful Blake Masters indicated that he’s another ‘no vote’ against McConnell. He said, “I certainly think we need new leadership.”

Masters has been very vocal about the lack of support coming from McConnell in his bid for a senate seat. He stated, McConnell “will not own me, McConnell doesn’t love me. And clearly, he had a chance to help. He didn’t do it” and “he doesn’t want me in there, but he’s about to be stuck with me.”

Votes are still being counted in Arizona. We won’t know whether Blake Masters gets that U.S. Senate seat until the results are tabulated. 

(RepublicanWire.org) – On Sunday, Senate Democrats passed what they labeled as the Inflation Reduction Act. The bill imposes the Democrats’ climate change agenda through billions of dollars allocated to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable energy.

Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“Mitch McConnell got played like a fiddle with the vote today by the Senate Democrats,” Trump wrote Sunday on his Truth Social platform.

“First he gave them the fake Infrastructure Bill, then Guns, never used the Debt Ceiling for negotiating purposes (gave it away for NOTHING!), and now this,” the former president said.

“Mitch doesn’t have a clue – he is sooo bad for the Republican Party!” he said.

Democrats initially claimed the bill would reduce the federal deficit by $300 billion over the next 10 years, but when they rammed it through the Senate on Sunday, no estimate had yet been prepared for the final package.

The vote on the bill was 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.

An analysis from The New York Times of the tactics used to steer the bill around many political landmines — including a gun safety component and money to boost microchip research and production — said “Democrats also got some help from Republicans.”

“Democrats said a threat by Mr. McConnell to block the microchip bill should Democrats proceed with the climate and tax bill backfired by motivating Mr. Manchin to pursue a compromise,” referencing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who earlier this year blocked Senate passage of a more expansive bill.

“Any time you threaten a bill you support because you are not getting your way on something else, you are in a bad spot,” Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said. “It just looks bad. It was so crassly political.”

McConnell at one point defended collaboration with the Democrats.

“Just because you have closely divided government doesn’t mean you do nothing,” the Kentucky Republican said on Fox News last week. “Just because there is a Democrat in the White House, I don’t think means Republicans should do nothing that is good for the country in the meantime.”

After the bill’s passage, McConnell issued a statement criticizing the bill.

“Democrats have proven over and over they simply do not care about middle-class families’ priorities. They have spent 18 months proving that. They just spent hundreds of billions of dollars to prove it again,” he said on Twitter.

“But the working Americans they have failed will be writing Democrats’ report cards in three months’ time,” he said.

Traitor Mitch McConnell supported the impeachment of President Trump for fake charges leveled by the Democrats. The President was accused of all manner of things, including inciting an insurrection on January 6 when he asked peaceful protesters to remain peaceful and go home. One might assume that he would spearhead a drive to impeach Joe Biden over his disastrous Afghanistan debacle, but McConnell vows that Biden is ‘not going to be removed’ from office despite numerous reasons to impeach him.

Afghanistan is a mess. Biden, despite warnings, hastily withdrew troops from the Middle-Eastern country and allowed the Taliban to rapidly take control. Thanks to Biden, terrorists now control the country, including 11 former U.S. military bases. The terrorist group now has an air force and is well-armed with billions and billions of dollars worth of U.S. taxpayer-purchased vehicles, weapons, and ammunition. Biden ignored warnings of a suicide bombing and allowed the deaths of a baker’s dozen of our servicemen and women. And he left the country, stranding hundreds of Americans behind enemy lines. But hey, at least he didn’t try to keep understandably angry protesters calm, right?

Even though numerous Democrats have lined up to condemn Biden’s actions and inaction and the atrocities he enabled and supported, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell says that it’s totally cool if we just skip impeachment proceedings.

“Well, look, the president is not going to be removed from office,” McConnell said at an event in Kentucky. “There’s a Democratic House, a narrowly Democratic Senate. That’s not going to happen.”

Asked if Biden’s actions in Afghanistan were worthy of an impeachment, McConnell simply replied,  “There isn’t going to be an impeachment.” Instead, he wants to gamble on the 2022 elections and hope Americans make the right decision — something they failed to do in 2020.

“The report card you get is every two years,” McConnell says. “I think the way these behaviors get adjusted in this country is at the ballot box.”

“I do think we’re likely to see a typical kind of midterm reaction to a new administration,” he says. “Typically there is some buyer’s remorse.”

“Most of you are not political junkies, you’ve got better things to do than that,” McConnell continued. “But you’ll be interested in one statistic: only twice in American history – only twice – has the president gained seats in Congress two years into the first term.”

“I think the American people have to decide what kind of government they want,” McConnell says. “I have a feeling the American people didn’t think they voted for this government.”

It’s strange that McConnell supported the impeachment of Trump for basically nothing but is so adamantly against impeaching Biden for, at minimum, gross negligence. McConnell is at best a traitor — and the people of Kentucky need to get rid of him in the midterm elections he has so much faith in.