Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is stepping down from his leadership role in November

February 29 – Mitch McConnell, US Senate Minority Leader from Kentucky, announced yesterday that he will step down from his leadership role in November. 

McConnell is 82 years old and has been in government since the 1980s. 

He will remain in the Senate after stepping down from the minority leader role. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “He is an excellent example of you’ve been there too long, and nothing moves in this town. It’s nothing to be celebrated. There should be nothing like a career politician and he is a textbook example of it.” 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll noted, “It was ironic in his speech yesterday he talked about knowing when the time is right to leave the stage. Make no mistake, he still has two years left on his term, which is interesting in and of itself, because if he were to resign or if something else were to happen to him that he has to vacate that seat, Kentucky is one of these red states with a Democratic Governor, Andy Beshear, who presumably would appoint a Democrat to fill that seat. So at this point, we have to assume McConnell will fill out these next two years.”

Three or four weeks ago, there were reports that Republicans in the Senate were considering pushing McConnell out. 

Barkdoll said, “They were getting very frustrated with him. They thought he was making too friendly deals with the White House. His announcement yesterday, he’s saying he will step down in November. Already this morning, you’re seeing announcements from like House Freedom Caucus members saying no, he needs to go now. Don’t wait another eight or nine months. This is ridiculous to give him another year. So that’ll be another segment of this to watch. Will the dynamics be such that the Republicans in the Senate try to push him out more quickly once they identify someone they’re going to get behind to replace him?”

Ryan added, “You see him in his press conferences. He’s got the same dopey look like Joe does. He doesn’t care what people think. He doesn’t care about anything anymore. At 82 years old. I’ve got mine, kiss my you know what, and I’ll just stay here as long as I want to.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “I hope when they come to who’s going to be his replacement, they look at those horrific voters that gave us some of the most sweeping liberal progressive changes in giant laws that are affecting our lives and say the ones that helped get those through because there were certainly GOP Senators that made huge mistakes in their votes that at the time they told us there was a good reason for it. How about we just dis-include, see who made those votes, and then the ones that didn’t, let that be the list of who they pick from. The Republicans keep putting the likes of Thune in there. He’s a Senator, he’s a possible replacement for leadership.”

Thune is from South Dakota. 

Jansen continued, “These guys that have made these votes that helped Biden get these sweeping laws through. No, that shouldn’t be the people that we put back in leadership.” 

Ryan said, “Or the handshakes over the years between Bush, look at how long McConnell has been there, through Obama through Clinton and through Trump.”

Barkdoll said, “Here’s another aspect of that. So remember, McConnell’s wife was a member of Trump’s cabinet all four years. Elaine Chao was the Secretary of Transportation, and she resigned immediately after January 6, she only had about two weeks left in our term anyway, but she resigned and issued some very critical comments about Trump. McConnell and Trump have had a real falling out since then. They apparently don’t like each other. There is some reporting yesterday that around the time all of that was happening, there apparently were some threats going on towards McConnell and Trump. I don’t think that had been previously reported. I don’t know if that’s something that we’ll now hear more about in light of the fact that there’s some reporting about it. McConnell has been very low profile the last few years. We know about these health tissues, but rarely does he do any kind of an interview. He’ll do those very brief press sprays for maybe five minutes as he’s leaving the Senate, but I can’t recall a time recently he has done a lengthy sit down interview and I’m sure this is a subject that someone would want to ask him about.”