Mitch McConnell is in trouble.
He knows that Republicans are on the verge of revolting against his rule in the Senate.
And now, McConnell just got smacked with one piece of news that could mean the end of his career.
Mitch McConnell promised Republicans they would end up flipping the Senate after the 2022 midterm elections.
But after McConnell found out that numerous Republicans running in key swing states were refusing to back him for majority leader in the event of a GOP wave, he went ballistic.
And using his power over the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s funding, McConnell was able to sabotage numerous Republican campaigns by diverting money away from Republicans in states like Arizona and New Hampshire who had come out against him.
At the same time, McConnell poured money into states like Alaska to back RINOs like Lisa Murkowski despite the fact that Alaska was a safe Republican hold whether or not Murkowski herself would end up being the Republican senator representing the state next year.
And the reason McConnell made these financial decisions was not to increase the odds of a GOP victory in the Senate, but rather to increase the odds of a majority of his own caucus backing him for another term as leader.
In short, McConnell didn’t care about flipping the Senate so much as he did keeping his own position in power.
And now, after Republicans lost a seat in Pennsylvania and failed to flip a single Democrat-held Senate seat in the entire upper chamber of Congress, McConnell’s actions are finally coming back to haunt him as a growing revolt within the Republican caucus threatens to topple his reign.
What’s more, some former McConnell allies are smelling blood in the water and are threatening to join in on the revolt against the GOP leader.
The Hill reports, “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that Senate Republicans should delay leadership elections set for Wednesday, joining other GOP lawmakers pushing for a pause at least until the Georgia Senate race is decided.
“The list of GOP senators calling for a delay now includes Graham, Cruz, Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).”
The calls for a halt in the leadership election would mean very little if it was guaranteed that McConnell would remain GOP Senate leader.
But with more and more Republican senators stepping up to demand that the leadership vote be delayed, it appears a challenge to McConnell’s rule is about to be mounted.
“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to remain in his position, but some prominent GOP figures such as former President Trump have called out McConnell for spending big on Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Ala.) reelection bid, while holding back in Arizona’s Senate race, in which Republican Blake Masters was outspent by a wide margin,” adds The Hill.
Not only was McConnell a failure in the 2022 elections, but he was also outed for sabotaging GOP efforts in critical tossup seats simply to soothe his own ego and retain his grip on power.
And now, a growing caucus revolt could end up being his undoing.