Update on McConnell — He’s been lobbying virtually everyone he sees at hospital to be released. Been getting briefed on map and Senate actions. Lamented missing halibut at yesterday’s R lunch. And “no question” he’ll be able to serve as leader, per adviser https://t.co/aqQYzMN6rL
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 10, 2023
‘Shaken & disoriented’ — sounds like concussion symptoms… At The Hill, “McConnell’s hospitalization raises questions for GOP’s future”:
Senate Republicans found themselves shaken and disoriented Thursday after finding out their leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.) was in the hospital after tripping at a private event, raising questions about his health and future leadership of the GOP conference.
McConnell, who in January became the longest serving party leader in Senate history, has led the Senate GOP conference since 2005 and has helped guide his colleagues through some of the biggest moments in recent history — the 2008 financial collapse, the near default of the U.S. government in 2011, the fiscal cliff of 2012, the two impeachment trials of former President Trump and the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol…
“I am a huge fan of Mitch McConnell. I think he has the ability to lead a very diverse group of individuals in a way that is masterful,” said one GOP senator who requested anonymity to discuss the impact of McConnell’s injury on the Senate GOP conference.
“I think, who would be our next leader and what kind of leader would that person be?” the senator added. “Yeah, I do worry about that.” …
Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.), former Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn (Texas) and Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso (Wyo.) are viewed as McConnell’s three most likely successors.
But there hasn’t been any serious discussion of a future Senate GOP leadership race among Republican senators themselves because McConnell has a secure grip on the job and hasn’t dropped any hint about planning to retire.
He easily defeated former National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott (Fla.) by a lopsided vote of 37 to 10 when Scott tried to capitalize on Republican disappointment over the 2022 midterm election by challenging McConnell for the top job…
A second Republican senator who requested anonymity to discuss the sensitive topic said McConnell’s hospitalization raises questions about the future leadership of the Senate GOP conference but emphasized, “It’s not time to be talking about [it].”…
McConnell has been such a major political force in Republican politics for so long that his GOP colleagues have come to rely on his ability to pump huge sums of money into Senate battleground states and to insulate them from the turbulence in conservative politics that has roiled the House GOP conference.
He leadership is especially valued by mainstream and moderate Republicans such as Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) — one of McConnell’s closest friends in the Senate — because he gives them space to work with Democratic colleagues and practice the style of Republican politics they see as best suited to their home states.
Colleagues also value McConnell’s ability to get their party out of tough political situations.
One example came in the fall of 2021, when he rounded up his leadership team and other allies to provide the 11 GOP votes needed to pave the way for Democrats to pass legislation to raise the debt limit.
McConnell took enormous heat from Trump and other critics for the vote, but it took the danger of a federal default off the table.
And McConnell has historically shown a willingness to inject himself in Senate Republican primary politics to pave the way for candidates he views as the most electable in a general election — an approach he adopted after Republicans fumbled away their chances to win seats in Delaware, Nevada, Missouri and Indiana in the 2010 and 2012 elections.
Even senators who voted to oust him from his leadership job in November admit their respect and admiration for his toughness in battle…
Per the NYTimes:
… The anatomy of the aging brain can predispose it to more serious brain injury: For instance, older adults are at a higher risk of tearing blood vessels in their brains, Dr. Salinas said. And taking anticoagulation medications, like blood thinners, which is more prevalent in an older population, can elevate the risk of bleeding in the brain…
Most older adults will recover from a concussion in about a month, Dr. Lumba-Brown said, but around a third will take longer than that. Patients who have bleeding in the brain may have a more prolonged recovery time, she added, which is why it is important to seek treatment right away.