"McConnell will step down as the Senate Republican leader in November."

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Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving Senate leader in history who maintained his power in the face of dramatic convulsions in the Republican Party for almost two decades, will step down from that position in November. McConnell, who turned 82 last week, announced his decision Wednesday in the well of the Senate, the chamber where he looked in awe from its back benches in 1985 when he arrived and where he grew increasingly comfortable in the front row seat afforded the party leaders. “One of life’s most underappreciated talents is to know when it’s time to move on to life’s next chapter,” he said. “So I stand before you today ... to say that this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate.”

His decision punctuates a powerful ideological transition underway in the Republican Party, from Ronald Reagan’s brand of traditional conservatism and strong international alliances, to the fiery, often isolationist populism of former President Donald Trump. McConnell said he plans to serve out his Senate term, which ends in January 2027, “albeit from a different seat in the chamber.” He spoke at times haltingly, his emotions evident, as he looked back on his career. Dozens of members of his staff lined up behind him on the back wall of the chamber, some wiping away tears, as family and friends looked down from the gallery above. Senators from both parties — most of them taken by surprise by the announcement — trickled into the chamber and exchanged hugs and handshakes.

President Joe Biden, who has had a productive working relationship with McConnell, said he was sorry to hear the news. “I’ve trusted him and we have a great relationship,” Biden said. “We fight like hell. But he has never, never, never misrepresented anything.” Aides said McConnell’s announcement was unrelated to his health. The Kentucky senator had a concussion from a fall last year and two public episodes where his face briefly froze while he was speaking. “As I have been thinking about when I would deliver some news to the Senate, I always imagined a moment when I had total clarity and peace about the sunset of my work,” McConnell said. “A moment when I am certain I have helped preserve the ideals I so strongly believe. It arrived today.”

The senator had been under increasing pressure from the restive, and at times hostile wing of his party that has aligned firmly with Trump. The two have been estranged since December 2020, when McConnell refused to abide Trump’s lie that the election of Democrat Joe Biden as president was the product of fraud.
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Now the jockeying will start, John Cornyn of Texas' name has been thrown out along with John Thune of South Dakota who is the Republican Whip. And there will likely be other names over the coming months.
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sikacz wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 3:06 pm Good decision, at least someone has enough snap left to know it’s past time.
It's been past time for him to step down for a decade. His legacy is anti-democratic, as well as being anti-Democratic. I used to write to his office to express my opinions, but every response I got was hubris-laden in tone, implying that I didn't have a clue of what I spoke, and that he knew better than anybody.

He was clearly not willing to have his position changed due to constituents' letters. He considers himself to be "one of our betters," intent on ruling rather than representing.
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BearPaws wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 11:58 pm
sikacz wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 3:06 pm Good decision, at least someone has enough snap left to know it’s past time.
It's been past time for him to step down for a decade. His legacy is anti-democratic, as well as being anti-Democratic. I used to write to his office to express my opinions, but every response I got was hubris-laden in tone, implying that I didn't have a clue of what I spoke, and that he knew better than anybody.

He was clearly not willing to have his position changed due to constituents' letters. He considers himself to be "one of our betters," intent on ruling rather than representing.
That’s seems to be the typical response from any politician with an opposing view. I’ve received the same.
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Reports are that John Cornyn and John Thune have quietly started their campaigns for Senate Republican leader. Another report says that Trump is pushing for Steve Daines, a US Senator from Montana. Daines currently heads the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee that is pushing to elect more Republican US senators. .
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