Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is currently embroiled in a war of words with President Donald Trump. Unfortunately for McConnell, one Senate group is currently agitating for his removal.
According to the Conservative Institute, The Senate Conservatives Fund has publicly stated that they believe that Mitch McConnell should be removed from his position. Their key reason? His failure to repeal Obamacare.
McConnell once promised to repeal Obamacare “root and branch.” So far, his Republican Senate has failed twice to remove Obamacare. Another “Republican,” John McCain decided recently to vote in favor of keeping Obamacare despite running campaigns that promised to repeal the legislation.
Republicans have been running on Obamacare repeal for seven years now and have managed to go from one failure to another. President Trump and his supporters are having none of it.
For his part, Mr. McConnell has complained that President Trump has placed unreasonable demands on the Senate and his hurry to enact legislation is indicative of his political inexperience.
President Trump fired back on Twitter by writing: “After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?” President Trump is of course right to suggest that Republicans no longer have any more excuses given that the 2016 election won them the White House, the House of Representatives, and Senate.
The Senate Conservatives Fund has joined into the fray by saying:”Now is the time to replace Mitch McConnell. Not next year. Not in 2020. Right now.”
Furthermore, the Fund added: “It was Mitch McConnell who promised action on many issues if only the voters would give Republicans unified control. It was Mitch McConnell who spent seven years promising to repeal Obamacare ‘root and branch.’ And it was Mitch McConnell who outlined a plan back in January that promised Obamacare repeal by early April, border wall funding by the end of April, and tax reform by August.”
President Trump is not waiting for 2020 either. Just this week he handed McConnell and Senate Republicans a massive “To-Do” list that prioritizes repealing Obamacare, fixing America’s tax code, and finding funds for President Trump’s infrastructure plans.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been unable to lead his party to the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Is it time for McConnell to step down?
This is a tall order, but one that Establishment Republicans must execute if they want to stay relevant in the face of a malicious Democratic Party and new, pro-Trump voter base on the Right.
The Senate Conservatives Fund makes one primary point that is indisputable: under Mr. McConnell’s watch, Senate Republicans have mishandled their mandate terribly. Their worst crime may be their continued unwillingness to do anything serious about repealing Obamacare. This seven-year-old lie is beyond frustrating for Republican voters, many of whom were energized back in 2010 by the Democrat-only passage of the former president’s trademark legislation.
Something has to be done. In order for President Trump’s “America First” agenda to actually gain momentum, Senate Republicans have to be willing to listen to their voters rather than their Beltway friends. So far, McConnell has not inspired confidence that he is the man suited for pursuing President Trump’s agenda. Maybe it is time that he step down in for someone more qualified or enthusiastic.