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Goodbye Mitch McConnell we hardly knew you due to lack of pulse

List Of GOP Senate Chief's Worst Blunders In Leadership


Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced Wednesday he will step down from his leadership role this fall, citing his age and health.

"One of life's most underappreciated talents is to know when it's time to move on to life's next chapter," the 82-year-old Senate leader said. "So I stand before you today& to say that this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate."

Federalist CEO Sean Davis reported that Senate insiders see McConnell's decision as both a concession and a power grab.

"Even a growing number of moderates were angry at the chaos he was sowing in the conference," one senior Senate GOP aide told Davis. "An open rebellion against McConnell was in the works due to his 'repeated sabotage of Republican priorities and border inaction.'"

McConnell, another aide said, is just trying to get ahead of "a possible defenestration."

To conservative voters long frustrated by McConnell's two decades in leadership, it's long past time to usher in a new generation to the upper echelons of government. McConnell's blunders leave a legacy of distrust among Republican voters eager for their elected leaders to fight for substantive change. It's part of why the Kentucky lawmaker persistently polled as the most unpopular politician in the country.