McConnell may soon be sorry he didn't give the Democrats the 17 votes they needed to convict Trump. Today around noon, Chris Cillizza noted on CNN.com that the GOP "is poised to tear itself apart." He wrote that "In the last 48 hours, two things have happened that suggest the Republican Party is likely headed to an all-out civil war:
1. The Wall Street Journal editorial board-- the pillar of establishment conservative thought in the country-- wrote this of former President Donald Trump: 'Trump may run again, but he won't win another national election. He lost re-election before the events of Jan. 6, and as President his job approval never rose above 50%. He may go on a revenge campaign tour, or run as a third-party candidate, but all he will accomplish is to divide the center-right and elect Democrats. The GOP's defeats in the two Jan. 5 Georgia Senate races proved that.'
2. A new Quinnipiac University national poll shows that three-quarters of Republicans (75%) want Trump to 'play a prominent role' in the GOP going forward.
"Those two views," he continued, "are fundamentally irreconcilable. You cannot believe that the GOP won't hold any real power unless and until Trump is removed from any major role in the party and want the 45th President to have a 'prominent' spot in the Party's future. It's simply impossible. Elected Republicans have been doing everything they can to ignore this reality."
And Cillizza will no doubt add a #3 to his list. Trump's rambling statement-- declaration of war-- released late yesterday via his cockamamie Save America super PAC:
The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political "leaders" like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm. McConnell's dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse. The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle-- they've never had it so good-- and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell's Beltway First agenda orBiden's America Last.
...My only regret is that McConnell "begged" for my strong support and endorsement before the great people of Kentucky in the 2020 election, and I gave it to him. He went from one point down to 20 points up, and won. How quickly he forgets. Without my endorsement, McConnell would have lost, and lost badly. Now his numbers are lower than ever before, he is destroying the Republican side of the Senate, and in so doing, seriously hurting our Country.
Likewise, McConnell has no credibility on China because of his family's substantial Chinese business holdings. He does nothing on this tremendous economic and military threat.
Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership...
This seems to have been a coordinated attack against McConnell with Trumpist goon, Ron Johnson (WI) who went on the Ross Kaminsky Show today and said "From my standpoint, Leader McConnell speaks for himself. In this case, I don’t believe he speaks for the conference, and I think he needs to be a little careful. You know when I speak, I do actually try and take in mind how it might reflect on the party."
In a question about GOP vows to revenge their newest poster child, Marjorie Taylor Greene, on Meet the Press recently, Adam Schiff responded by reminding the NBC audience that "Kevin McCarthy stands for nothing except the perpetuation of his own position. He has no values, and in my view cares about little except for hoping to be speaker one day... God forbid!" Whose side do you think McCarthy will take-- McConnell's or Trump's? Or will he try to straddle them both? Every Republican will feel the pressure to pick a side now. How awesome is that? GOP congressional unity-- at least in the Senate-- is now absolutely kaput. Pity!
There's nothing like a fight between two arch villains. You can just root for each of them destroying the other. These are two of the worst monsters in U.S. politics and, personally, I hope they tear each other apart-- and not just figuratively. This came out this morning... so very bad news for McConnell and his allies: