McConnell: "Our ability to control the primary outcome was quite limited in 2022 because of the support of the former president. Hopefully in the next cycle, we'll have quality candidates everywhere."

 Mitch McConnell blamed former President Donald Trump on Tuesday for the Republican Party's poor showing in Senate elections this year, saying that the influence of Trump's endorsements limited the ability of the party to choose better nominees.

"Our ability to control a primary outcome was quite limited in [2022] because the support of the former president proved to be very decisive in these primaries," he told reporters at his weekly press conference at the Capitol. "So my view was: do the best you can with the cards you're dealt."

"Hopefully in the next cycle, we'll have quality candidates everywhere and a better outcome," he added.

I would note, if my memory serves me, that these candidates that McConnell doesn’t like were conservative candidates. Regardless of Trump, McConnell has never liked strong conservative candidates and has fought against them time and time again. He’d rather a Democrat win that a candidate he doesn’t like. Which is why we can never have a large majority in the Senate, because we always end up with too many gutless compromisers.

You saw in this last election that McConnell didn’t support a number of candidates with his leadership fund because he didn’t like the ‘candidate quality’, and thus we didn’t win control.

McConnell is the biggest problem for Republicans in the Senate. He can blame Trump and ‘canidate quality’ all he wants, but he’s the one supporting terrible candidates like Murkowski. He’s the one who made the promise to always support incumbents, even when they are essentially Democrats.



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