Thursday, June 28, 2007

Roll Call: McConnell Running Scared As He Leaves Conservatives In The Dust

It looks like conservatives in the Senate put a stop to the backstabbing of the Louisville liberal today, as even Mitch McConnell switched his vote on amnesty once he realized that there were not 60 votes there. Now, Roll Call has a story out on how Mitch McConnell is beginning to hear the footsteps of Larry Forgy knocking on his door to start measuring the curtains in his Senate office:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) may not be atop the GOP’s most vulnerable list this cycle, but observers say he has been recently acting like he’s got a race on his hands

McConnell has appeared to be missing in action in recent days as the debate comes to a heated denouement, an absence that many Republicans view as an attempt to keep himself at arm’s length from a politically incendiary issue for fear of upsetting Kentucky voters on one side and the White House on the other…

But Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said the issue has the potential to play a serious role in the upcoming election, warning that all Republicans — not just McConnell — should take note: “I think people make a big mistake if they take this lightly.”

I think [McConnell] would be foolish, as we all would, if we weren’t worried about our re-elections, because as we saw from the last year, even potential presidential candidates can lose their Senate seat if they don’t pay attention to business,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).