Rick Scott is working to push Senate Republicans into the majority, while Mitch McConnell seems more interested in vindicating himself.
Republican senators are set to face two options this January. The first: a GOP Senate minority led by longtime leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. The second: a Republican majority, led by Florida Sen. Rick Scott.
Theirs is a fight that’s been publicly brewing since (at least) McConnell’s December declaration that there would be no 2022 GOP agenda. After another month of missteps, however, their battle might have real-world consequences.
Despite D.C.’s omni-useless conventional wisdom about the GOP Senate leader’s endless savvy, McConnell has given up on the duties of his job, turning on both his voters and his party. Scott, by contrast, is clearly aiming for the job — and is working hard to show he deserves it. Who gets it might depend on which party wins this November.
Scott has placed his chips on a Republican majority and a plan of action should the GOP gain one. Toward this service, in February — 10 weeks after McConnell had promised no legislative agenda for the 2022 agenda — Scott released his 12-point plan.
The release of an actual plan to run on infuriated McConnell, who came down on his leadership colleague with the kind of rage he often spares his political opponents but reserves for the apostates in his midst. more