The power struggle between Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump is being characterized as the irresistible force v. the immovable object. It’s actually more like a skunk pissing on a rock. The rock’s been there a lot longer, the sun and wind will burn off the stink, and the skunk is just a passing nuisance.
At least that seems to be how Mitch McConnell is taking things. He hasn’t spoken to Trump in over a month, not since December 14 when he openly acknowledged the results of the electoral college and began referring to Joe Biden as president-elect. To Trump, that was throwing down the gauntlet. And then of course McConnell’s post-acquittal speech saying that Trump had “moral responsibility” for the Capitol riot and his actions were “unconscionable” did not endear him further to the Mango Monarch, either. In fact, they provoked the “dour, unsmiling political hack” comment.
So the battle lines are being drawn now, place your bets. Washington Post:
Trump’s attacks on McConnell came as he plotted a broader return to the political arena. He spent Tuesday at his Florida resort with son Donald Trump Jr., former campaign aide Brad Parscale and others, and has spoken with advisers about setting up a fundraising infrastructure and database system outside the Republican Party’s, a person familiar with his comments said. […]
It has the potential to be a very large headache for GOP Senate candidates,” said a Republican operative who worked on the 2020 Senate races, and who also expressed doubt as to whether Trump would follow through on this threats: “He’s never really put his money where his mouth is. The big thing is, will he actually help these people? Will he actually raise money? Or is he just going to go out and endorse things?” […]
“But what I would say to Senator McConnell: I know Trump can be a handful, but he is the most dominant figure in the Republican Party,” he [Lindsey Graham] said. “We don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of taking back the majority without Donald Trump. If you don’t get that, you’re just not looking.”
I could be wrong, but I don’t think McConnell feels that way.
“It doesn’t make too much sense having the least popular person in the party attacking the most popular person,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said Wednesday. “I’m not sure what Mitch thinks he is going to accomplish.”
Trump thinks taking on McConnell will make him popular with the base. In Trump’s reality TV mind, toppling McConnell from power would be a great lead in to his 2024 sequel. I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think that McConnell is entrenched and is going to stay entrenched and he’s already said that he intends to oppose any fringe candidates that Trump might endorse and concentrate on people who are “electable.”
You can place your bets now. This is the contest between the tortoise and the hare-brained, and my money is on the tortoise. Not because I like the guy, but because I think he will beat the flamboyant, posturing dummy hands down.