This Senator Found a Monkey's Paw and Wished for GOP Judicial Nominees. You Won't Believe What Happened Next https://t.co/wroP6TvmvO
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 22, 2017
I, myself, am rooting for painful and potentially disfiguring injuries…
Breaking News: Mitch McConnell, the Senate leader, privately doubts whether Trump can salvage his administration https://t.co/MktHupZGpv
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 22, 2017
The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises.
What was once an uneasy governing alliance has curdled into a feud of mutual resentment and sometimes outright hostility, complicated by the position of Mr. McConnell’s wife, Elaine L. Chao, in Mr. Trump’s cabinet, according to more than a dozen people briefed on their imperiled partnership. Angry phone calls and private badmouthing have devolved into open conflict, with the president threatening to oppose Republican senators who cross him, and Mr. McConnell mobilizing to their defense.
The rupture between Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell comes at a highly perilous moment for Republicans, who face a number of urgent deadlines when they return to Washington next month. Congress must approve new spending measures and raise the statutory limit on government borrowing within weeks of reconvening, and Republicans are hoping to push through an elaborate rewrite of the federal tax code. There is scant room for legislative error on any front…
Mr. McConnell has fumed over Mr. Trump’s regular threats against fellow Republicans and criticism of Senate rules, and questioned Mr. Trump’s understanding of the presidency in a public speech. Mr. McConnell has made sharper comments in private, describing Mr. Trump as entirely unwilling to learn the basics of governing.
In offhand remarks, Mr. McConnell has expressed a sense of bewilderment about where Mr. Trump’s presidency may be headed, and has mused about whether Mr. Trump will be in a position to lead the Republican Party into next year’s elections and beyond, according to people who have spoken to him directly…
Others in the party divide blame between Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell. Al Hoffman, a former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee who has been supportive of Mr. McConnell, said Mr. McConnell was culpable because he has failed to deliver legislative victories. “Ultimately, it’s been Mitch’s responsibility, and I don’t think he’s done much,” Mr. Hoffman said…
An all-out clash between Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell would play out between men whose strengths and weaknesses are very different. Mr. Trump is a political amateur, still unschooled in the ways of Washington, but he maintains a viselike grip on the affections of the Republican base. Mr. McConnell is a soft-spoken career politician, with virtuoso mastery of political fund-raising and tactics, but he had no mass following to speak of.
Mr. McConnell, while baffled at Mr. Trump’s penchant for internecine attacks, is a ruthless pragmatist and has given no overt indication that he plans to seek more drastic conflict…
For the moment, Mr. McConnell appears to be far more secure in his position, and perhaps immune to coercion from the White House. Republicans are unlikely to lose control of the Senate in 2018, and Mr. Trump has no allies in the Senate who have shown an appetite for combat with Mr. McConnell…
So, yeah, this is at least 65% McConnell using the Grey Lady to signal that whatever becomes of the Orange Outrage, it is not his fault. And, reciprocally, 15% the NYTimes in preemptive fanny-covering mode. But it’s nice to see that I’m not the only one celebrating how much these two revolting individuals fully deserve to go down with their teeth in each others’ throats…
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) August 22, 2017
So privately that the doubts appear in the New York Times https://t.co/VebMJ2Di9G
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) August 22, 2017
The “, in Private,” part of the headline is a delightful combo of air-quotes and sub-tweet. https://t.co/yu6hsBvFYs
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) August 22, 2017
1. Nearly everyone in D.C. agrees with McConnell abt Trump 2.Trump is unpopular but much more popular than McConnell https://t.co/sKLf58HZ87
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) August 22, 2017
And why is this so significant, right now?…
Sources confirm to me Trump blew up and swore at McConnell at not just Russia probe but also Russia sanctions bill. https://t.co/it94dACfae
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) August 22, 2017
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) August 22, 2017
Never forget that McConnell was the one who refused to let Obama make a bipartisan annoucement warning the nation of Trump's Russia ties. https://t.co/Vw16ksyL4Z
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) August 22, 2017