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.