Has Sen. McConnell had the Moses Penalty Imposed on him?
It is conceded by everyone that Sen. McConnell is a strong leader of the Republican Party. He has lead the Kentucky Republican Party out of the wilderness and virtually single-handedly breathed new life into the two party system in Kentucky. In doing this he has offended some. Sen. Bunning is certainly turning the heat on Sen. McConnell.
McConnell’s political skills took him to the border of the Promised Land and in November 2006 he was chosen by his Republican colleagues as the Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate. It must have been sweet. A Republican President in the White House and Sen. McConnell in charge of the Senate!! But wait. The Democrats took control of the Senate in the November 2006 election, just as McConnell was ready to assume control of the Promised Land. McConnell became only the Minority Leader not the Majority Leader of the Senate.
Then the Democrats took the White House in 2008 and increased their control to within one or two votes of a veto proof majority. Then Arlen Spector bailed out of the sinking ship and became a Democrat, and Al Franken is close to being declared the Senator from Minnesota giving the Democrats the 60 votes necessary to shut down delaying tactics of the minority party. Then the national Republican party began to disintegrate in the polls.
Rush Limbaugh now gets more press than McConnell and is considered by some to be the real leader of the national Republican Party.
Like Moses, Sen. McConnell seems to have been allowed to lead his party to the border of the Promised Land. He was able to look across the river and see the land of Milk and Honey, but he has been forbidden to set foot in the Promised Land.
At age 67 he still has a chance…but right now it doesn’t look like that will come in 2010.
Still, when a person is as dedicated and focused on success as is Sen. McConnell you can’t rule his crossing of the river to be unachievable. Will he enjoy more success than Moses?