Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may be leaving the U.S. Senate in the next two years, MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell reported on Tuesday.
“Here are all of the Republican senators who are up for re-election next year who have not yet announced that they will run for re-election,” O’Donnell explained, putting on-screen a graphic.
“They will look at their polling in their states and they will look at what their next six years of life in the United States Senate would be if they win re-election,” O’Donnell explained. “And they will see that they will either be re-elected into another four years of humiliation in service to the madness of the Trump presidency, or they will be re-elected into the first four years of a Democratic president where their only function will be trying to block presidential appointees to federal judgeships.”
“Both of those are dreary scenarios for Republican senators,” he added.
“There will be more Republican senators announcing that they will not run for re-election, and the Republican senator with the strongest incentive to not run for re-election is the one with the very worst polling numbers back home in his state — a 33 percent approval rating,” he noted. “At the end of next year, he will have served 36 years in the United States Senate and the voters in his state do not appreciate the 35 years of service that he’s already given them.”
“At 78 years old, will he really be looking forward to another four years of humiliation by Donald Trump?” he asked. “Or four years of nothing but trying to block the Democrats’ judicial nominations?”
O’Donnell explained how “Trump humiliates” McConnell.
“Donald Trump humiliated Mitch McConnell and became the first president in history to shut down the government when both houses of Congress were controlled by his own party,” he reminded. “Mitch McConnell knew that was going to end very badly for the Republicans and Donald Trump — and there was nothing that Mitch could do about it.”
“There has never been a more powerless majority leader of the Senate than Mitch McConnell, in his relationship with the president,” O’Donnell concluded.
“Why would Mitch McConnell want more of this, especially when Kentucky has no gratitude for the job that he’s been doing in the Senate,” O’Donnell asked. “Polling shows that Mitch McConnell has a 33 percent approval rating in Kentucky — that is a deadly approval rating for an incumbent senator.”
“Does Mitch McConnell really want to spend the next year and a half fighting in his own reelection campaign — while at the same time trying to get enough Republican senators re-elected to the Senate to hold on to the majority?” he asked.
“Donald Trump drove Paul Ryan (R-WI) out of office — and lost the House of Representatives for the Republicans while he was at it,” he noted.
“Will Donald Trump drive Mitch McConnell out of office and possibly lose the Senate for Republicans while he is at it?” he asked. “Or will Kentucky voters drive Mitch McConnell out of office if he decides to run again?”
“Next year could be the last year of the humiliation of Mitch McConnell,” O’Donnell added.