Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared he would not entertain nominating any non-traditional Mainstream Republican candidates in the 2016 election cycle and cautioned voters they are to follow his example.
The message was clear from one of the most powerful Republicans in the nation – the entirety of the GOP Machine is ready and willing to go to war with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and any other Republican candidate who doesn’t conform to Mr. McConnell’s version of an “acceptable” Republican.
When it comes to figures like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell isn’t having it…
“We will not nominate anybody for the United States Senate on the Republican side who’s not appealing to a general-election audience.”
So went McConnell’s mandate this past week as he shared his thoughts on the upcoming 2016 election cycle. He then became even more specific regarding his feelings on presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz:
“We’d like to have a nominee who can carry purple states because unless the nominee for president can carry purple states, he’s not going to get elected.”
The Senate Majority Leader didn’t elaborate on who the “WE” he was referring to. He is certainly wanting to ensure he maintains his position as Majority Leader and likely fears that if 2016 gives America a President Trump or a President Cruz, even if Republicans maintain a majority in the Senate that leadership position might still be in danger.
A newly-elected president has considerable influence upon his own party, and if Mr. Trump or Mr. Cruz pointed to McConnell from their position of authority inside the Oval Office and “suggested” to the Senate a new Majority Leader was to be chosen, it could very well happen. The public, by the very nature of having elected a more combative president more than willing to challenge the authority figures from within their own party – would demand it.
It would appear Mr. McConnell is not so much concerned with America’s fortunes, but his own.
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