16 February, 2021

The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

McConnell's Impeachment Ploy Was An Attack On The Base (thefederalist.com)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “got a load off his chest” with his speech closing out Friday’s second failed impeachment attempt against former President Donald Trump. “Unfortunately,” however, “he [also] put a load on the back of Republicans. That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns.”

Who’s responsible for that quote? It might surprise some it wasn’t Donald Trump Jr. or Rep. Matt Gaetz — it was Sen. Lindsey Graham, a moderate, hawkish Republican not up for re-election for six whole years.

It got the attention of someone else too.

BREAKING: Trump slams McConnell as a 'dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack' | The Post Millennial

"The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political 'leaders' like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm. McConnell's dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse. The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle—they’ve never had it so good—and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.

The 2022 primaries are going to be interesting, but this battle may well cost the GOP the Senate, and possibly the House as well. It better be worth it.

Trump is correct, though. He has transformed the Republican party from it’s corporate fat cat image to a populist party of the people. McConnell wants to take it back to where we were. I do not believe that that McConnell’s vision is one that will win national elections. Trump’s brashness and coarseness cost him in the suburbs. But his ability to connect with the common man and the notion that he’s a fighter, won big in typically Democratic strongholds. Without that bloc, the GOP is doomed. They need to figure out how to maintain that bloc and get the suburbs back.

And McConnell’s path won’t take them there.

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