Mitch McConnell is having a great day, y’all. Yesterday, Ashley Judd announced that she would not seek the Democratic nomination to run against the Kentucky Republican, who is the Senate minority leader. Today, McConnell learned that Sen. Rand Paul (R), the junior Senator from the Bluegrass State, will endorse him.
After what befell super-conservative and now-former Sens. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), McConnell no doubt was worried about a challenge from his right. How anyone could be more conservative than McConnell is beyond me, but I digress. So, the stamp of approval from the libertarian tea party darling greatly diminishes the chance of a credible far-right challenge.
But there is another benefit of McConnell’s good fortune. A few things might actually get done in Washington. Without fear of a right-wing challenge, McConnell can do what he does best: cut deals that resemble the long-lost art of governing. Immigration, measures to control gun violence and the impending fights over the budget and the debt ceiling will provide ample opportunity for McConnell to put his legendary ruthlessness in pursuit of a deal to work. I know getting to yes on all these things is a long shot. But McConnell’s good news of late is a sign that maybe, just maybe, positive things are about to happen on Capitol Hill.
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