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McConnell Reportedly on Edge of Retirement After Falling Last Month

Senate Republicans have already started courting leadership votes should McConnell go through with retirement

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Top Republican Senators are getting ready for the retirement of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, after the 81-year-old had a serious fall.

According to the Spectator World’s Washington DC gossip column, run by the anonymous Cockburn, multiple sources have revealed that Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, John Cornyn of Texas, and John Thune of South Dakota, are all reaching out to various other GOP Senators in order to get ready for a leadership vote after McConnell announces his retirement.

Among these men, The Spectator reports that Cornyn, the establishment-backed Republican from Texas, has been “particularly active in his preparations” and is seeking unlikely allies “with whom he has little in common” in an attempt to secure the leadership role.

One name absent from the list of possible successors is Sen. Lindsey Graham, a pro-war member of the Republican Party who has nevertheless allied himself to 45th President Donald Trump politically.

Some have questioned whether Trump’s preferential treatment of Graham may be calculated, aimed at having a strong ally in the Senate should the South Carolina politician succeed McConnell.

The retirement would come as a result of an extended hospitalisation after he fell on March 9 while attending a private fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria hotel at the National Mall in Washington DC, an establishment that was formerly owned by 45th President Donald Trump. McConnell suffered a concussion and a “minor rib fracture.”

One week later, spokesman David Popp revealed that McConnell was being released from hospital, but that “at the advice of his physician, the next step will be a period of physical therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation facility before he returns home.” He eventually left rehab a week later.

However, shortly after the story of the preparation for his incoming retirement broke, McConnell tweeted that he was “looking forward to returning to the Senate on Monday,” adding that they had important business to tackle and big fights to win for Kentuckians and the American people.”

Despite the tweet from McConnell, many conservatives celebrated his retirement. “How delicious will it be to see McTurtle crawl off into the swampy sunset?” tweeted American Majority CEO Ned Ryun. “Might have to throw a party to celebrate it.”

During the fight to elect a House Speaker in January, 45th President Donald Trump suggested that if Republicans were going to fight someone, “we ought to be fighting Mitch McConnell and his domineering, China loving BOSS, I mean wife, Coco Chow.”

The 45th President said that the harm McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao “have done to the Republican Party is incalculable.” Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, among others, put the blame for the severe 2022 election losses, such as Blake Masters in Arizona, squarely at the feet of McConnell.

At the time of the House Speaker fight, McConnell went on a “bipartisan” trip to Kentucky, which included the visitation of a “major project” that Biden’s 2021 infrastructure bill helped fund. Speaking to reporters outside the White House before the trip, Biden said he and McConnell had been “friends a long time.”

According to the most recent polling data, McConnell only has 32% favorability among Republicans, with a 3% higher rating among Democrats, while Trump enjoyed a rating of 77% among Republicans, and 34% among Democrats, just 1% less than McConnell.

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    April 13, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    God works in mysterious ways. First Harry Reid and now McDonnell. This is good for the Country and for the GOP!

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      April 13, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      As bad as McConnell was/is, Barrasso, Cornyn and Thune are worse.
      There is no appropriate descriptive that could be used if we were cursed to have Lindsey Graham replace McConnell.

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        April 13, 2023 at 5:54 pm

        Absolutely NOT “linda” Graham – -I live in SC and would not vote for him if you paid me; I would write in my own name first and I’m too damn old to run anything, but guarantee I would do a better job than “linda”, no matter what.

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          Coolmeadow Kid

          April 13, 2023 at 6:17 pm

          I agree about Graham. I’m beginning to think he’s worse the McConnell! But,’Liz’ Cornyn????? Please, Lord…NOOOOO!!!! If I had only known how he was going to vote on the red flag law last year, I wouldn’t have voted for him. And I told him so via his Senate web page in a comment I sent and why. Even told him my new name for him is Liz Cornyn.

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        Leslie Stevenson

        April 13, 2023 at 10:04 pm

        Long time off for a concussion and sore ribs! More like a stroke that old turtle necked POS. Graham, Cornyn Barrasso, HELL NO!Thune is a RINO like the others. Hawley, Paul, both would be good. How about Newt! He has forgotten more than most of them will ever know!

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    Gerald Ladd

    April 13, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    China Mitch should take his Chink Wife Elaine Chow, and move to China where his paychecks come from.

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      April 13, 2023 at 5:56 pm

      True that!

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    April 13, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    Politicians don’t retire due to infirmities. They retire because they hear the footsteps of the law catching up with them. Civilians would be incarcerated for the same. Politicians retire with full pension and benefits.

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    April 13, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    When China Mitch Retires I will go buy a 12 pack and get drunk to celebrate !

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    e e

    April 13, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    oh please! mcconnell’s planning to retire and who are the GOP regurgitating up to replace him? cornyn and possibly graham?! you gotta’ be kidding me! won’t the GOP EVER LEARN!!?? we NEED somebody that is a TRUE Conservative, NOT another milk-toast, weaselly RINO!!

    get someone like Rand Paul or Josh Hawley.

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    CPO Bill

    April 13, 2023 at 4:35 pm

    Shoulda been gone years ago!! We need term limits!

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    April 13, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    McConnell popped out of his shell and tweeted he was “looking forward to returning to the Senate on Monday,” adding that business would be as usual ie: like big fights with conservatives, caving to the left and screwing over Kentuckians and the American people whenever possible.”

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    Tim Kuehl

    April 13, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    Don’t know much about Barrasso but have seen recently that he is no conservative. Cornyn is a John McCain/Mitch McConnell backstabbing jerk in the best tradition of John McCain/Mitch McConnell. And what I’ve heard about Thune, I have little use for him also nor do I see Lindsey Grhamnesty as a conservative except around election time. We need true conservative leadership in the Senate or else the Democrats will continue to walk all over republicans. Yes, I did not capitalize because as of now very few Senate republicans deserve my respect and these 4 mentioned are among the lowest. Republicans, you can do better.

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    Bud Vexley

    April 13, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    McConnell needs to go Rand Paul or Josh Hawley maybe even Mike Lee would be excellent choices.

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      Camille Gilliam

      April 14, 2023 at 12:24 am

      I agree with you totally. I really like Rand Paul and Josh Hawley, I don’t remember quite as much about Lee. God Bless these guys that one of them will get this nomination.

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    Don Baker

    April 13, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    Not only no, but HELL NO to liberal RINO Cornyn as majority leader. I am a Texas voter and I am fed up with his habitual habit of supporting liberal causes and giving conservatives the finger. He votes like a democrat.

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    Al Doyle

    April 13, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    McConnell is a neutered, two-faced Red Chinese puppet.

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    April 13, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    after what McConnell and Graham have done to our country, the GOP and the American people, they deserve life in prison. These two backstabbers and traitors are the worst. They need to be investigated to see what’s hiding in their closets.
    McConnell, take Graham “the Fraud” with you to China, pleazzzze! Can’t stand to look at his greasy smile.

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    April 13, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    The sooner McConnell is gone the better.

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    April 13, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    Glad to see ole mush mouth go!

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    April 14, 2023 at 10:20 am

    I do not know if McConnell is a true RINO or not. But he has a history of being spineless, weak-kneed and cavining frequently to the opposition. It is past time for him to step aside and retire.

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    April 14, 2023 at 11:01 am

    My concern is who shall replace him?

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