By all accounts, election day should be a good one for Republicans. It has been thought for a while that the GOP would take control of the House, but up until very recently, Senate prospects were much dimmer.
Since the Senate has started to look a bit more promising for Republicans, talk has emerged of a changing of the guard in Senate leadership.
Specifically, the whispers involve Florida Senator Rick Scott taking on current Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who has held the top spot in the party since 2006.
When we take back the senate thanks to Rick Scott and DJT McConnell’s leadership must be challenged. I don’t think he has enough Rino’s to keep him in power. pic.twitter.com/dPAHqZYpPO
— 🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@barrykewg) November 8, 2022
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Differences Of Opinion
One particular incident was Scott’s recent appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” with Chuck Todd on Sunday.
Scott fueled more speculation when he would not endorse McConnell as Majority Leader when prompted by Todd.
Might seem like a small thing, but in such a charged topic, it speaks volumes.
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More public and explosive incidents have occurred, though.
Scott, in his capacity as head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee was less than pleased with some of McConnell’s comments about some GOP candidates. McConnell was at an event in August when he said of Senate races, “Senate races are just different, they’re statewide. Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”
To translate: McConnell doesn’t like actual conservatives running for office.
At the time of McConnell’s comments, Scott challenged him saying the two had “a strategic disagreement,” and felt he had to defend GOP candidates – saying McConnell’s comments were “not productive.”
Rick Scott has done significantly more to help us win than Mitch McConnell. MIA Mitch has gotta go— Kentucky deserves better.
— Tyler Bowyer 🇺🇸 (@tylerbowyer) October 31, 2022
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The “Elephant” In The Room
What could be one giant advantage for Rick Scott, should he challenge McConnell, lies in the presence of Donald Trump. Scott has been a dependable ally of Trump. The relationship between Trump and McConnell has gone steadily downhill since McConnell blamed Trump outright for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Rick Scott may also have another advantage. Many Trump-endorsed Senate candidates have good chances of winning their races on Tuesday. Among them, Arizona’s Blake Masters, whose race McConnell-aligned PACS pulled out of and left other conservative groups to fund.
Masters said during a debate that McConnell is “not bad at everything. He’s good at judges. He’s good at blocking Democrats. You know what he’s not good at? Legislating.”
Alaska Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka, and J.D. Vance in Ohio – the latter another Trump-endorsed candidate who has a good shot at winning – have both said the Senate leadership “needs new blood.” Vance also added that McConnell is “a little out of touch with the base.”
In Missouri, Attorney General and Senate candidate Eric Schmitt put it pretty plainly, “Mitch McConnell hasn’t endorsed me and I don’t endorse him for leadership.”
McConnell on the other hand, is losing many of his closest supporters, including Richard Shelby (AL), Roy Blunt (MO), Richard Burr (NC), Rob Portman (OH), Pat Toomey (PA), and Ben Sasse (NE).
If Republicans take control of the Senate, and Rick Scott does decide to run for the Leader position, he just may have a whole new set of supporters.
Rand Paul or Josh Hawley. Realistically, I hope Rick Scott executes a coup against McConnell as has been speculated.
— J.D. Matlock (@JDMatlock1) November 4, 2022
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Anyone would be better than McConnell, even a monkey.
McConnell the Rino needs gone. Cruz, Paul, Johnson if he wins Wisconsin. We need guts!!
Now, if only Jim Jordan would take on RINO Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House!
McConnell needs to go. The Murder Turtle only cares about retaining his power – the county be damned. He’d rather rule in hell than serve in heaven. I’d rather he sit on his porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off his lawn. I’ve been voting Republican since Reagan v Carter and he is despicable.
We can do better than McConnell . . . . but Scott really isn’t better.
Rick is the definition of a Establishment Guy.. If so, don’t expect much..
How about Ted Cruz?
Time for new blood and someone who will go all the way in investigating the corruption of various politicians in high places AND bogus goings-on in departments like Defense, DOJ and Homeland Security. and we really need to CUT BACK ON UNNECESSARY SPENDING. i don’t know if mcConnell would do much of ANY of that