Analysis: Is Mitch McConnell In Trouble?
This in itself is not very surprising. After all, McConnell is backing Murkowski in her bid for re-election, which gives Tshibaka plenty of reason to oppose the Senate Minority Leader.
What’s more interesting is whether Tshibaka is – intentionally or not – starting a trend.
a) Former President Donald Trump endorsed Tshibaka.
Combine those factors and you’re at least likely to say you won’t vote for McConnell for leader if you win which is a must for the Senate GOP candidates trying to win. Trump’s endorsement.
That’s not a trivial thing! Like, at all!
Why? Because, in several Senate races on the 2022 vote, the GOP candidates have made it clear that they will do anything and everything to win Trump’s approval.
Missouri Representative Billy Long, one of several Republicans running in the state’s open seat race, was blunt about Trump’s imports.
In the belief that Trump’s endorsement helped effectively mark the Republican nomination, why didn’t the former president seek to derive a promise like the one Tshibaka made from these candidates?
Trump has, so far, been offensive in his attempt to turn McConnell’s GOP colleagues against him. But the 2022 Senate races yield a bountiful crop of candidates who might be willing to throw McConnell overboard to win favor with the former president.
And if that happens, McConnell’s time as the top GOP leader in the Senate could be in jeopardy.