Opinion: McConnell just made the 2022 election over Trump’s political future
“I think there’s probably a better chance of the House rocking than the Senate,” McConnell said at a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Florence, Kentucky.
“Senate races are just different. They’re statewide,” he added. “The quality of the candidate has a lot to do with the result.”
But then the Fox News host explained what he thought was the real problem with the GOP leader’s remarks to the Senate: “Maybe Mitch McConnell hates Donald Trump so much that he would probably prefer to see the candidates approved by Trump losing because he thinks it might hurt Donald Trump?”
Bingo! Hannity has finally achieved something. Trump’s Senate picks flounder and McConnell throws the blame on the former president’s door.
For his part, McConnell is unlikely to hope that every Trump-backed Senate candidate will lose. The Kentucky senator is a living, breathing political machine who understands that only if his party controls the Senate can he set the agenda in this chamber — from his legislative goals to confirmations from federal judges and Supreme Court justices.
Still, there’s no doubt that some of Trump’s hand-picked candidates for the Senate are struggling, and McConnell apparently wants Republican voters to know who to blame if the GOP doesn’t win the Senate: Donald J. Trump.
Few things would likely make McConnell happier.