mcconnell feelin' the heat

Annie Deighnaugh

To trump or not to trump...that is the question.


Washington (CNN)Sen. Mitch McConnell is allowing Republican Senate candidates to do whatever it takes to salvage their campaigns ahead of what Republicans increasingly fear could be a devastating election for their party.

In recent weeks, the Senate majority leader has become so concerned over Republicans losing control of the Senate that he has signaled to vulnerable GOP senators in tough races that they could distance themselves from the President if they feel it is necessary, according to multiple senior Republicans including a source close to McConnell.

That could mean breaking with Trump on the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic and the continued efforts by the President to paint an optimistic picture despite rising cases and deaths across parts of the country, especially in many Republican states in the South and Midwest.

While this may give some senators the flexibility to draw a distinction between themselves and the President, it also forces them to walk a tightrope. Trump remains enormously popular with the Republican base, and any attempts to undercut him risks alienating those voters.


https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/31/politics/senate-mcconnell-trump-firewall/index.html

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KennsWoods

If you can't stand the heat, step away from the blast furnace.

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lurker111

They've always had that option. Who are you talking about? Mitt Romney? Pffft!

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kadefol

They can jump off the sinking trump ship, but it won't do them any good this close to the election. Everyone will know they are opportunists and just trying to save their careers by suddenly disavowing the horrible, incompetent president they've supported til now.

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socks(10a)

Hypocrites twisting in the wind.

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Nana H

It will be interesting to see how they line up on Covid legislation ....that could be telling. Also makes me think that confirming a conservative judge really close to the election, God forbid that is necessary, is less likely to be successful.

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b(zone 9/10)

If he were really that concerned about keeping GOP power, he might try actually helping all his party's constituents and the economy, rather than pandering to his puppetmasters.

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Joaniepoanie

Way too little, way too late. They have given Trump their blessing through every rotten thing he’s done. I hope people will see that they are just as culpable as trump for the mess we’re in, if not more so, and give the boot to all of them—they are as unfit as trump and don’t deserve another day in office.

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cyn427 (z. 7, N. VA)(zone 7, Northern VA)

Will their constituents accept their change of heart in re supporting their leader or see it as it is: crass opportunism in an attempt to stay in power?

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b(zone 9/10)

This recent op-ed sums up a lot, IMO:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/07/20/republicans-leave-chaos-democrats-clean-up-cycle-must-stop-column/5467942002/

Democrats keep having to clean up Republican messes. When is our turn to advance America?

"...If Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States, the carnage he’ll have to contend with might be even larger in scope than what President Obama faced. America’s image was deteriorating around the world long before the coronavirus infected anyone in the lower 48. Trump’s first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, razed the State Department by hollowing out the diplomatic corps and refusing to populate some ambassadorships.

Biden should commit to having a full slate of ambassadors nominated before he ever steps out onto the West Front of the Capitol to deliver his inaugural address. He’ll need all the help he can get abroad: He’ll have to rejoin the Paris climate agreement and the World Health Organization, patch up a fraying and aggravated NATO, and even repair decimated individual relationships throughout Europe.

Health damage and blighted economy

Domestically, he’ll have to undo the extraordinary damage Trump has done to public health by failing to contain the spread of COVID-19. He’ll need to recharge the blighted economy. Note that every single one of the aforementioned tasks amounts to a cleanup effort versus a new policy priority that can advance the country.

Biden himself seems to recognize that; The New York Times reported in May that he said during a fundraiser, "I view myself as the transition candidate."

Really, he would be the transition president. Democrats need to remind the country that going back to GOP control would be disastrous once the Biden administration completes the great American restoration project. In the same way the Republican Party successfully branded "liberal" as having negative connotations, it’s time to do the same to the word, "conservative." Conservative rule is chaos and invariably requires a massive cleanup."


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bfox254

Interesting that they need McConnell's permission to be independent thinkers.


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Lars(Z11a (coastal L.A.) and Z9a (desert))

Our foreign friends and allies will be so happy to see Trump out of office that they will (I believe) be willing to give him a chance to clean up the mess we are in now.

"America First" is the epitome of selfishness and an insult to our friends and allies. Much better to admit that "We are all in this together." Much more can be accomplished with cooperation; but cooperation has to be a two-way street, which it has not always been. It is one thing to restrict cooperation with someone who is taking advantage of you and quite another to restrict cooperation with someone who is trying to help you - or at least be neutral.

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Izzy Mn(4)

I think our allies will embrace us after we rid ourselves if trump, at least that's my hope. But we do have some work to do to mend the fences. They probably feel sorry for us at least in part. But we are all to be blamed for some of the apathy that allowed the cretin in the front door of the White House. Hopefully a task force is formed to rid us of all the damages caused by the trump administration......and one to investigate and prosecute trump and family, Pompano and Barr... McConnell too of course.

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batyabeth

"Trump remains enormously popular with the Republican base, and any attempts to undercut him risks alienating those voters."

VOTE. THEM. OUT. The republicans will have their supporters, but should the candidates distance themselves they are between a rock and a hard place...poor bunnies. They are too late. They have atrophied, and cannot think for themselves.

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

Trump is a tar baby and stuck to his fellow repubs in the senate, the only thing missing are the feathers for the whole club.

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