This was a really bad day for Trump but a really really really bad day for Mitch McConnell. https://t.co/747y9R0FrY
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) September 27, 2017
Asked RSC Chair if still has faith in McConnell- he said "our faith does wane sometimes"& if he can't deliver "all options are on the table"
— Deirdre Walsh (@deirdrewalshcnn) September 26, 2017
I try to keep this first post of the day upbeat & happy, and by gods this makes me happy. From the Washington Post:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lost just about every way possible on Tuesday.
The Kentucky Republican had to abandon, again, an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act amid an uprising from the more moderate wing of the GOP caucus. Then he learned that one of his most influential Republican chairman would not run for reelection next year, setting up a potentially divisive race to succeed the senator.
Finally, before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, McConnell suffered the final indignity: His preferred candidate in Alabama, Sen. Luther Strange (R), lost the GOP nomination in embarrassing fashion to a conservative insurgent who vowed that his victory would send a message that McConnell and his allies should “run scared for a while.”
While no stranger to defeat in the past — he spent eight years as minority leader — McConnell’s string of losses in such a short timespan Tuesday punctured much of his well crafted image as the consummate insider who could deliver.
Each blow had its own unusual circumstances, with President Trump’s own erratic performance playing a role, but McConnell’s failures came in nearly every facet of congressional leadership…
Apart from wishing (ever more) confusion to our enemies, what’s on the agenda for the day?
White House aides say they will try and direct blame to McConnell for dual Ocare/Luther Strange failures https://t.co/KurawSrfoP
— Sam Stein (@samstein) September 26, 2017
… One senior Trump administration official told The Daily Beast that the president is “well prepared to” shovel blame onto McConnell if and when the latest Obamacare repeal effort goes down in flames later this week. Another Trump confidant noted that the president regularly vents about “Mitch’s” seeming inability to get “anything over the finish line.”
A White House official joked that it has proven a winning “formula” for Trump to go after the unpopularity of top GOP brass, including McConnell, ever since the campaign. Trump even spent the last few days hammering home the point that Strange (who is locked in an election fight against former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore) isn’t even all that close to McConnell politically or personally, and that Strange would be “fighting Mitch” in the Senate as an authentic conservative…
… Possibly I’m not quite as happy as the Talibangelical-humping mouthbreathers of the far right, but then I can envision further than 48 hours into the future. If they wanna make Mitch even more uncomfortable, I fully endorse their choice of target. And I’m not the only one:
Dear curious outsiders,
Don't look at this as a referendum on Trump.
It's a referendum on McConnell, who's for Strange.
— Kyle Whitmire (@WarOnDumb) September 26, 2017
Mitch McConnell and his friends burned $9 million that could've been used against Dems just to watch Luther Strange lose by double digits.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 27, 2017