Bottom line: Conversations w senior House GOP sources over the past 48 hours suggest the chances of @Liz_Cheney still being in leadership by the end of this month are dicey at best. This is not a Gaetz/Freedom Caucus coup; it goes much broader & deeper. https://t.co/U5MNSjupEG
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) May 1, 2021
You come at the Cheney, you best not miss. She may not stay ‘in the leadership’, for the moment — but I sure wouldn’t want to be the Repub she (and her old man) caught voting against her.
Bess Levin, at Vanity Fair — Mitch McConnell Trades Donald Trump in for a Younger, Skinnier Model:
… While declaring the ex-president a has-been who’ll never work in Washington again.
When we last checked in on the Mitch McConnell–Donald Trump rift, things had gotten increasingly ugly. After four years of a mutual understanding that working together was in the best interest of their individual quests to amass as much power as possible no matter the cost, the former president and former Senate majority leader had apparently decided that their alliance no longer served a purpose, and that the other one should go to hell. Following his decision to acquit Trump of inciting the January 6 mob, McConnell went on to tell reporters that there was “no question…that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.” That elicited a response from Trump in which he dubbed McConnell “dour, sullen, and unsmiling” and lacking in “political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality,” adding, “He doesn’t have what it takes, never did, and never will.” (An earlier draft reportedly included an aside about the Kentucky lawmaker “having too many chins but not enough smart[s].”) And two months later, it does not appear that the duo have patched things up!
On Thursday morning, asked how he expects Republicans will do in the 2022 midterm elections, Trump told Maria Bartiromo that he thinks they’ll do well but that a leadership change is in order. “Mitch McConnell has not done a great job, I think they should change Mitch McConnell.”
That diss apparently didn’t sit well with McConnell, who did his own little interview later in the day, in which he told Fox News, of Trump’s comments: “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 [Joe] Biden last night. He’s the future. That’s where we’re headed. We’re not preoccupied with the past, but looking forward.”…
Today’s GOP: Terrible people, behaving badly.
— kilgore trout, toilet sword ninja (@KT_So_It_Goes) April 30, 2021