So when Baier first requested McConnell about 2024, he said “I’ve received at the least 4 members that I feel are planning on operating for president, plus some governors and others. There’s no incumbent. It ought to be a wide-open race and enjoyable for you all to cowl.” However pressed instantly on his place if Trump turned the nominee, McConnell was crystal clear: “The nominee of the social gathering? Completely.”
And that’s not simply sucking up for McConnell. The Republican Celebration and its energy is his firstly concern, all the time.
“Former President Trump’s actions previous the riot had been a disgraceful dereliction of obligation,” McConnell mentioned after voting to acquit him.
If Trump is nominated in 2024, “completely” McConnell will assist getting him right into a place the place he’ll once more have an obligation to derelict.
“The chief of the free world can’t spend weeks thundering that shadowy forces are stealing our nation after which feign shock when folks consider him and do reckless issues,” McConnell mentioned.
However the Republican chief within the Senate can and can again a nominee who he is aware of for a reality will do precisely that, apparently. McConnell has advised us that Trump incited an rebel, however he’s prepared to topic the nation to that once more out of loyalty to his social gathering. McConnell might imagine he’s swearing loyalty now as a result of he has a deal with on issues and gained’t ever must comply with by means of on supporting Trump. He could not. However he’s additionally displaying that, as Kerry Eleveld just lately wrote, he doesn’t realize the Republican Party as he knew it is dead. McConnell thinks he can reconsolidate his management, however all he’s carried out just lately is comply with the extremists of his social gathering.