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Biden Weighs Three GOP Senators Who Could Succeed McConnell. One Seems to Scare Them.

The Biden administration may have inadvertently signaled this week whom they fear the most of the Republican senators likely to replace Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should the senator need to step down due to health issues.

The remarks from the administration come after McConnell temporarily froze for about 20 seconds during a press conference on Wednesday and needed to take a brief break after feeling lightheaded. McConnell later returned to the press conference and appeared fine when talking to reporters.

Politico reported that the White House has been worried about McConnell’s health because they view him as “a reliable partner in the effort to fund Ukraine’s resistance against Russia and ensure the government’s lights stay on past Sept. 30.”

The report said that Biden officials are now accelerating talks about what the Senate GOP leadership could look like if McConnell needs to step aside.

Biden’s inner circle reportedly believes that the most likely candidates to replace McConnell are Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD), Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

The Biden officials who spoke to Politico had positive things to say about Cornyn and Thune but did not say positive things about Barrasso. In fact, they said nothing about Barrasso, possibly because attacking him to the media could strengthen his support within the Republican Party.

“Most in Biden’s inner circle believe Thune would be the likely favorite to step in for McConnell,” the report said, “That, they feel, would be an acceptable option: Thune, they believe, largely shares McConnell’s worldview on the importance of institutions and the need, at times, to work across the aisle. They also feel that Thune is unchallenged politically back home, which aides believe is essential to leading from a position of strength. Similar views are held about Cornyn.”

A review of the three senators’ Liberty Score from the Conservative Review shows that Barrasso ranks in between the likes of Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). The same review ranks Cornyn — who got the first piece of major gun control legislation passed in the Senate last year for the first time since 1994 — and Thune on the same level as Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT).

McConnell’s health has been in the news ever since he was hospitalized in early March after he fell during a private dinner at a hotel in Washington, D.C.

Following the incident this week, news reports began surfacing that the 81-year-old polio survivor has fallen at least two other times this year, including at an airport earlier this month and during an overseas trip in February, according to the Courier Journal.

READ 25 COMMENTS
  • Dr. Klopek says:

    Whyizzit no one is questioning Fetterman or Feinberg? If the dems get their way, we’ll certainly be sending BILLIONS more to Ukraine – minus 10% for the Big Guy, of course.

  • Karen says:

    Wow the demons are right on top of McConnell and his health issues ready to replace him at the drop of a dime , letting the Republicans know in the line of succession, who would be acceptable to them; what a joke ,not funny, what about Diane Feinstein, who gas to have help with everything, including her staff explaining to her what a piece of legislation Means, then Fetterman who needs all kinds of special equipment in order to hear, understand whst is being said and even with all the technology set up to help him ,ge still can’t utter a legible shirt sentence, another Senator; and of course we have the man at the top the “big guy” in the WH who never has a clear thought that is not scripted fir him, with that in lace he can’t even read abd speak what is written for him, trips, up and down the stairs to the plane ,can’t Ever find his way off a stage ,no matter how small, tells all kinds of grand stories that are so ridiculous, and embarrassing to our country,cringe worthy for sure , all the while our enemies are licking their chops waiting to pounce , and the demons totally try to coverup the fact that None of these people are mentally or physically fit to serve in government, two dem Senators and the president, yet they have big plans fir McConnell, no plans for these beauties; we need a compentcy test fir sure make it public ,and have them resign ,all of them or Impeach Biden, not because he can’t think straight ,but because he is crooked!!!!!!

  • Jae says:

    I am all for getting someone to take Mitch’s place who will unite the GOP. Mitch is not doing that.

  • 82nd-EOD says:

    Mitch the bitch must go, time for his dirt nap

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