The Republican party could be destined to lose elections for the foreseeable future if Mitch McConnell has anything to say about it.
The Senate Minority Leader continues to resist the reality that the old establishment GOP which he has long represented has been resoundingly rejected by voters who have made it clear that they prefer the America First policies championed by Donald J. Trump.
The former POTUS may have been run out of Washington by the likes of McConnell and other RINOs but he remains a powerful and influential force and will largely determine who the 2024 GOP nominee is, whether it is himself or someone who he will endorse.
But the Kentucky Republican and the remnants of the Bush-Romney machine remain steadfast in their opposition to another Trump run with McConnell insisting that the bombastic billionaire outsider is NOT the future of the Republican party.
In an interview with Fox News, McConnell was dismissive of Trump while shilling for Tim Scott, the senator from South Carolina who is willing to cut deals with anti-cop Democrats on police “reform” and who gave the response to Joe Biden’s address to a half-empty Congress this week.
According to McConnell; “We’re looking to the future, not the past, and if you want to see the future of the Republican party, watch Tim Scott’s response to President Biden last night,” he said, “He’s the future. That’s where we’re headed. We’re not preoccupied with the past but looking forward.”
His remarks came after Trump once again questioned McConnell’s leadership while appearing with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo; “We need good leadership,” Trump said, “Mitch McConnell has not done a great job, I think they should change Mitch McConnell.”
.@SenatorTimScott is a brave, courageous, and inspirational leader. If you want to see the future, watch his great speech from last night. He laid out what the Republican Party today and tomorrow is going to look like. pic.twitter.com/VYjr8uyv4C
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) April 30, 2021
Scott’s rebuttal to Biden’s declaration of war on half of America earned raves from the establishment GOP but the way that he was mercilessly brutalized by the Twitter mob despite his being a person of color is an indication that while he may be a nice guy who may appeal to “woke” corporate donors, he wouldn’t stand a chance if he ended up as the 2024 nominee.
McConnell added; “Look, he’s very popular, not only within our party but among Senate Democrats as well,” showing his fealty to the opposition; “he’s brave, courageous, and tells the truth. He’s the most inspirational leader that we have in our party looking forward.”
McConnell did hedge his bets on the great “inspirational leader” by saying that he expects that “three or four” Republican senators will also be vying for the party’s nomination in 2024.
He said; “I do predict, however, there’s going to be a robust competition for the nomination. I’ve got three or four members of the Senate who are going to be running for president in 2024, once that all sorts itself out, as the Republican leader of the Senate, obviously, I’ll be supporting the Republican nominee for president in 2024.”
In addition to Scott that could mean Never Trumper Ben Sasse of Nebraska and the ambitious Marco Rubio of Florida who was rejected in 2016, all who are viewed favorably by the corporate establishment.
None of them will be able to appeal to the broad-based coalition of Americans who supported Trump and McConnell’s comments ignore the fact that over 74 million Americans voted for him only six short months ago. Trump is the only one who has the ability to energize Republicans in sufficient numbers to defeat the radical agenda of Biden and the Democrats.
Trump is absolutely right about McConnell’s lack of leadership and if the party heeds his advice, the GOP could be out of power for a long time to come.