March 10, 2021

We don't want to neglect this interesting story. #MoscowMitch McConnell is making a list, checking it twice, and preparing to line up a handpicked successor in the event he doesn't serve out his full term. Is Mitch sick? Via The Intercept:

The list is topped by his protégé, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and also includes former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft, whose billionaire coal magnate husband is a major McConnell donor, as well as Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, a former McConnell Scholar.

Under current law, the power to appoint McConnell’s replacement falls to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear. But new legislation McConnell is pushing in the Kentucky General Assembly would strip the governor of that power and put it into the hands of the state GOP.

McConnell’s scramble to secure his legacy comes as his position in the party he effectively built from the ground up is increasingly shaky. McConnell’s denunciation of former President Donald Trump — even as it was accompanied by a vote of acquittal and a pledge to endorse the former president in 2024 if he is the GOP nominee — has brought on calls for his censure by party leaders across the state. A candidate running in McConnell’s mold would face an uphill climb through a primary in the new Republican Party — unless, that is, the candidate has the benefit of incumbency.

Daniel Cameron, of course, is a McConnell protégé, the man who may or may not be married to McConnell's niece, and is famous for his corrupt handling of the Breonna Taylor case.

Looks like Mitch has some kind of very serious health problem and wants to reach out beyond the grave to keep a tight grasp on Republican control of the Senate -- and Kentucky.

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