In a shocking turn of events, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has had enough of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s freeze-ups and is calling for a change in GOP Senate leadership. McConnell, who seems to have a penchant for freezing up at the most inconvenient times, has shown no signs of stepping down, even though a physician has given him the green light to keep doing his thing.
During an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Hawley didn’t hold back his concerns about McConnell’s leadership. “Yeah, I am concerned,” Hawley admitted. “I didn’t vote for Mitch McConnell to be leader. He wasn’t my choice, and I think it’s time for a change.”
This isn’t the first time Hawley has expressed his discontent with McConnell’s leadership. Alongside nine other rebellious Republicans, including Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul, Hawley voted against McConnell’s continued reign as Senate Majority Leader back in January. They were clearly sending a message: McConnell’s freeze-ups were not inspiring confidence.
Hawley’s frustration boiled over when he suggested that McConnell should step down after his recent freeze-ups. “If you’re concerned about the president’s ability to do his job, and I am, you have to be concerned when it’s someone from your own party,” Hawley asserted. Clearly, Hawley believes that the GOP needs a leader who can keep it together, even when things get tough.
Josh Hawley says Mitch McConnell is done and the GOP will struggle in the 2024 election with him as leader:
"I am concerned. I think we need a change." pic.twitter.com/BwnY5QUnsj
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) September 8, 2023
Though McConnell has made it clear that he has no plans to step aside, speculations are already swirling about who his potential replacement could be. According to a report from the Daily Caller, Senators John Thune and John Cornyn are the top contenders. However, a former Senate Chief of Staff believes that Thune is more likely to take over, as he is seen as the inheritor of McConnell’s infrastructure.
It’s an interesting predicament for the GOP. With McConnell’s freeze-ups becoming a regular occurrence, it’s no wonder conservatives like Hawley are calling for change. They want a strong leader who won’t crumble under pressure, someone who can guide the party to victory without freezing in their tracks. Only time will tell if McConnell will finally heed their concerns and make way for a new leader. The GOP’s future may depend on it.
In the grand scheme of things, this whole debacle brings to light the importance of having competent and reliable leaders. It’s not about party loyalty; it’s about ensuring that our elected officials are capable of fulfilling their duties without faltering. McConnell’s freeze-ups highlight a worrying trend, and it’s crucial that the GOP addresses it head-on. The American people deserve leaders who can think on their feet and make decisive decisions, regardless of their political affiliation.