Mitch McConnell Stepping Down As Senate Republican Leader

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Many Republicans have had a problem with Mitch McConnell leading the Senate GOP for a very long time, particularly for undermining conservatives’ agenda.

But come November, it appears he will no longer be a problem.

He’s stepping down.

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In Congress Since 1985

The bane of conservatives’ existence – except for deftly maneuvering some Supreme Court seats – will move on to other ventures.

The Associated Press reports, “Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Senate leader in history who maintained his power in the face of dramatic convulsions in the Republican Party for almost two decades, will step down from that position in November.”

The story continued:

“McConnell, who turned 82 last week, was set to announce his decision Wednesday in the well of the Senate, a place where he looked in awe from its back benches in 1985 when he arrived and where he grew increasingly comfortable in the front row seat afforded the party leaders,” AP noted.

The senator had been under increasing pressure from the restive, and at times hostile wing of his party that has aligned firmly with Trump…

But while McConnell’s critics within the GOP conference had grown louder, their numbers had not grown appreciably larger, a marker of McConnell’s strategic and tactical skill and his ability to understand the needs of his fellow Republican senators.

McConnell gave no specific reason for the timing of his decision, which he has been contemplating for months, but he cited the recent death of his wife’s youngest sister as a moment that prompted introspection. ‘The end of my contributions are closer than I’d prefer,’ McConnell said.

That last part will be music to many conservative voters’ ears.

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Why Won’t He Step Down Now?

The Federalist’s Sean Davis makes a good point.

Why won’t McConnell step down now? Is he sticking around simply to sabotage Trump and his agenda?

The last major move by McConnell was to partner with Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in putting together a bill that would give billions more to Ukraine and not secure the border.


What kind of conservatism is that?

Mitch McConnell has dedicated his entire time as a GOP Senate leader to undermining conservatives as much as he could.

So good riddance. A change in leadership is long overdue.

He can’t leave quickly enough.

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