Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Novak: Republican Senators May Revolt Against McConnell

Bob Novak reported in his weekly column this morning that several Republican Senators now may go public in their discontent with the lack of leadership from Mitch McConnell, leading to what may be his replacement as minority leader:
Discontent with the GOP leadership is growing within the slender band of Republican reformers in both the House and Senate. They are considering but have not decided whether to go public.
This comes as no surprise, since several Republican Senators have made no secret at their disgust with McConnell's shunning of conservatives over the past few months. One Republican Senator even told Novak that McConnell "should be relieved of command for dereliction of duty."

Republican Senator Norm Coleman recently went public over the Iraq debate, saying, "at this point, I can't even tell you where Mitch is." Trent Lott also slammed McConnell over carrying the liberals' water on lobbying reform and amnesty, saying "after the exhibition I saw on immigration, I don't suspect there's going to be a lot of strength and dynamic leadership here." It appears that its just a matter of time until the national conservative leaders join the growing movement in Kentucky, and get behind Larry Forgy to provide some real leadership in the U.S. Senate.