McConnell's future in GOP leadership questioned after taking nasty fall at private dinner

 March 11, 2023

The Republican Party has much to consider after it was revealed that Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell was hospitalized after reportedly falling at a private event, The Hill reported

The fall reportedly happened at the Waldorf Astoria in Washington at a private dinner earlier in the week. The spill caused the Senate Republican leader to be treated for a concussion.

McConnell claimed the title of the longest party leader in the Senate in U.S. history, having led Republicans in the upper chamber since 2005.

His age, 81, and his physical condition are reasonable causes for concern, especially given his legislative influence and power.

New concerns

McConnell has experienced little in the way of criticism over his age and condition, as he's mostly been able to keep it together.

Some GOP lawmakers believe he's the best guy for the job, at least for now, but admit they worry about the future.

"I am a huge fan of Mitch McConnell. I think he has the ability to lead a very diverse group of individuals in a way that is masterful," one unidentified senator told The Hill.

"I think, who would be our next leader and what kind of leader would that person be?” the same senator added. "Yeah, I do worry about that."

Who's in line?

The Hill highlighted three Republican GOP senators who would be McConnell's likely top replacement options, should a situation arise where he resigns or is forced out for other reasons, including medical issues.

"Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.), former Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn (Texas) and Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso (Wyo.)," the outlet wrote.

McConnell has also taken increased criticism over his handling of his Republican Senate leadership duties, with many critics saying he doesn't do enough for the party or the country, not to mention the numerous times he sides with Democrats on issues that he should not side with them.

Only time will tell if McConnell manages to stay relevant. While everyone can sympathize with his injury, a high-level politician can only survive so many medical issues before pressure builds to replace them with someone younger and healthier.

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