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Video || Trump Stages Show of Unity With McConnell

President Trump staged a news conference Monday with embattled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is under fire from conservatives as a stale, long-term member of the Washington establishment who fails to support genuine conservatives for the Senate and who came up short getting the Senate to pass Obamacare repeal.

Trump’s best buddy show with McConnell will raise questions among conservatives about whether the president knows who his friends are.

“My relationship with this gentleman is outstanding – has been outstanding,” Trump said. Well, not it hasn’t.

Effort to Get Rid of McConnell Intensifies

A group of leading conservatives today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding that he resign.

The letter is signed by Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin, FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon, Richard A. Viguerie, and Brent Bozell. It was dispatched as former Trump White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon pledges to back primary challenges to nearly every Republican senator running for reelection in 2018.

The letter lists a litany of McConnell’s sins, highlighting the failure to pass Obamacare:

You and the rest of your leadership team were given the majority because you pledged to stop the steady flow of illegal immigration. You’ve done nothing. You pledged to reduce the size of this oppressive federal government. You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce, and ultimately eliminate the out-of-control deficit spending that is bankrupting America. You have done nothing. You promised to repeal Obamacare, “root and branch.” You’ve done nothing. You promised tax reform. You’ve done nothing.

You don’t even show up for work.

While your attacks on those within the Republican Party who were attempting to keep the GOP’s promises in the era of President Obama are now legendary, your current failure to deliver on the highest priority commitments to the American people is nothing short of shocking.

Perhaps the greatest betrayal – and that is what it is – is your failure to repeal Obamacare, the single most devastating piece of legislation against freedom ever crafted. Every single Republican in federal office today is there because of the pledge to end this horror.

Establishment Republicans are aghast and the liberal MSM is dumbfounded that conservatives are risking the Senate majority by stirring up so much trouble. But conservatives are not in favor of a Republican majority that simply means business as usual until the Democrats eventually take power again anyway.

The letter is notably kinder to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

As Speaker Ryan recently noted, the House is passing bills – including items central to your campaign promises – and not only do they languish in the Senate, but you and your leadership team publicly declare some of them dead on arrival.

Ryan at least was able to assemble a coalition to approve some kind of Obamacare repeal. But Ryan is not beloved by populist conservatives and could easily become a target himself. But McConnell at this point is not far behind Nancy Pelosi in the antipathy he creates among many conservatives.

Donald and Chuck and Nancy and Paul and Mitch

Here’s part of the problem for Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. Trump just likes Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi better.

And that’s a problem for all of us.

One of the reasons I think he turned to the Democratic leaders, beyond sending a message to Republicans that they need to get in line because he can talk to Democrats, is that he is far more confortable with Nancy and Chuck. The two Dems are, like he is, veteran urban schoozers. Schumer, like Trump, is from New York City, and Pelosi was born in Baltimore, where her father was the mayor. They get each other on a gut level. Schumer and Pelosi, just like Trump, have big personalities.

McConnell and Ryan do not have discernable personalities. They lack charm and have “uptight” written all over their faces. Ideologically, of course, they are much more likable than Schumer and Pelosi, and closer to Trump. But they are not Trump’s crowd. They’re from small towns, relative to New York. Trump’s comfort level with them is probably very low.

And this is important, because personal relationships are everything for Trump. He’s the exact opposite of Obama, who was all inside himself and his head. I think Trump has already had more meetings with members of Congress from either party in eight months than Obama had in eight years.

Still, I don’t believe that Trump is wholly opportunistic, as many do. I think he mostly believes the things he was saying on the campaign trail. I don’t believe he wants to abandon his promises, and in most ways he has not. And of course, he would never want to lose his adoring legions of #MAGA enthusiasts.

But he likes Chuck and Nancy better than Paul and Mitch. And that’s not a good thing.

McConnell: From Rip Out O’Care “Roots and Branches” to Light Gardening

Well, the Washington Establishment is striking back. It truly would be one of the great examples of political fraud if Republicans got themselves elected to Congress on a vow to end Obamacare only to wuss out when the opportunity arose. Sen. Mitch McConnell, no doubt personally miffed that President Trump has interfered with his plans… Continue Reading

McConnell: Low Trump Approval Ratings Threaten GOP in 2018

I think this is a call by McConnell to Trump to play it safe — don’t repeal Obamacare, don’t slash the government, don’t pick fights etc. — and allow himself to be co-opted into the Washington Establishment. That is, to abandon the things he was elected to do. And it’s short-sighted because conservatives will sit at… Continue Reading

McConnell: We’ve Got the Votes to Go Nuclear

Gorsuch will be on the Court one way or another. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that there are enough Republican votes to invoke the “nuclear option” and seat Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court by changing Senate precedent to end the filibuster for high court nominees, the Washington Examiner reported. Despite McConnell’s… Continue Reading

Trump Urges McConnell Again to Go Nuclear

There’s talk Democrats may let this one through and avoid a filibuster, though, and go to the mat against Trump over his next pick, which will rebalance the Court. From the Washington Examiner: President Trump directed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Wednesday to employ the nuclear option to confirm his Supreme Court nominee… Continue Reading

McConnell Refuses to Rule Out Nuclear Option for Supreme Court

Harry Reid ended the filibuster for Obama’s nominees to everything but the Supreme Court. If the Democrats obstruct, it’s time to go nuclear again. Let them taste their own medicine. From the Washington Examiner. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Sunday refused to rule out the possibility of invoking the so-called “nuclear option” when confirming the… Continue Reading

McConnell Demands WH Review of IRS Abuse

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) demanded today that the White House investigate what appears to be targeting by IRS of conservative groups. The IRS has acknowledged “mistakes” for singling out for heightened scrutiny groups that had words like “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their title. But it denies a political motivation, saying the effort… Continue Reading

Obama Admits He’s Bullying McConnell and Boehner

Well this is astonishing, though I’m not sure whether for its honesty or it chutzpah. President Obama today said he is in fact visting the Brent-Spence Bridge, which connects Cincinnati to Covington, Kentucky., to put the screws on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Here’s what he said a little… Continue Reading

Obama Disses Both Boehner and McConnell in One Stroke

President Obama’s decision to travel next Thursday to the failing Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati is a remarkable slap at both House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at the very moment Obama says he is trying to work with the GOP leadership to pass a jobs bill. White House Press Secretary… Continue Reading