McConnell is going to need much greater tricks than his current ads featuring a sexual harasser to tout his leadership position, because it doesn't look like he'll be Republican leader much longer.
After 2008, McConnell either wins or loses. If he loses, John Kyl will probably become Minority Leader, moving up from Whip. If McConnell wins, he might still face a coup if the GOP Senate conference feels the need to go in a new, more conservative direction after a disastrous 2008 election cycle. If the GOP does get slaughtered at the polls, it will likely be moderate Senators bearing the brunt of the voters anger, making the remaining GOP caucus more conservative and more willing to vote their own into leadership. So, Kyl might take the reins then too.
With Kyl as leader, Cornyn will run for Whip, with a reduced number of Republican Senators, but a more conservative group. Sessions will get to Policy, which is what he wants, and that leaves DeMint available to be the Party's message guy in Conference Chair. That'll leave open a slot as VP for Conference, which a good conservative could fill.
Imagine, post 2008, having the top Senate Republicans be, in order: Kyl, Cornyn, DeMint, Sessions, and an as yet to be determined conservative.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
RedState: McConnell Likely To Lose Leadership Position
The leading national conservative blog RedState has a post that suggests the Republicans in the U.S. Senate will overthrow the Louisville liberal Mitch McConnell from his leadership position if the weasel somehow squeaks by Larry Forgy: