Despite the anti-Mitch McConnell chatter on talk radio and elsewhere, don’t look for the Senate majority leader to fold like John A. Boehner — at least not for the foreseeable future. The Kentucky Republican is holding quite a few more cards than his counterpart in the House. The calls for McConnell to step down have come hard and fast since Boehner, R-Ohio, announced last week his own intentions to lay down his gavel.
“Under Pressure: McConnell Pushed to Resign as Senate Majority Leader,” read a Washington Times headline on Sunday. Last week, Louisiana governor and 2016 presidential GOP hopeful Bobby Jindal told a conservative crowd that it was the Kentucky Republican’s “turn.”
Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus sounded off as well, firing warning shots at McConnell. Right-wing personalities such as radio host Mark Levin piled on.
Like Boehner, McConnell is a target. But there are differences between the chambers that give McConnell advantages that Boehner lacked.