WASHINGTON, August 2, 2014 – As we draw closer to the November elections, the Republicans are already starting to measure the drapes in the Majority Leader’s office.
Every group that is offering any type of objective analysis of the fall election is pretty much calling it a Republican win and the scenarios where the Democrats maintain control of the Senate are fading.
The conventional wisdom is that Mitch McConnell will be the next Senate Majority Leader. McConnell faces two obstacles to being the majority leader.
First, he must win a tough reelection fight in Kentucky. McConnell is a veteran of many political battles and is often referred to as brilliant when it comes to political tactics. He faces Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Grimes in the fall election.
Assuming he wins, there could be another obstacle in his road to being the majority leader.
While McConnell has a reasonably conservative record as a Senator, many conservatives are very disappointed in his performance as the minority leader of the Republican Party.
Many complain that he has not been bold enough in standing up to Barack Obama and to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Many conservatives openly complain about McConnell’s lack of support for Ted Cruz and the government shut down.
Conservatives may be looking for an alternative when the GOP takes control of the Senate in 2015.
There is a possible candidate.
Conservatives are looking for someone who has conservative principles. Conservatives are looking for a conservative who does more than simply argue conservative principles. Conservatives are looking for someone who stands up, refuses to back down and leads.
When a conservative alternative is mentioned, a couple of names immediately pop up. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. Both are in their first terms as Senators. Lee is facing a tough attack from the Establishment who is going to try and boot him out in 2016 and there is active speculation that Cruz will run for President in 2016.
Because both are in their first terms, neither has cultivated the long term relationships that are so valued among Senators.
There is another Senator who might fit the bill. He has served in the Senate since 1997. He is running for reelection and is so popular in his home state that he is unopposed.
He has led from the front in opposition to many of Obama’s liberal agenda items including Obamacare and Amnesty for illegal aliens.
Who is this dark horse candidate?
He is Jeff Sessions from Alabama.
Sessions is loved by the conservative wing of the Party. He would stand up to Obama in his last two years. He is the kind of leader who would lead and would make two years miserable for the left.
Sessions has given no public indication that he is interested in the job.
He may be waiting to see what the outcome of the fall elections are. This will be the fourth election cycle for Mitch McConnell as the minority leader. One of the jobs of the minority leader is to become the majority leader. If the GOP does not win a majority this year, there may be calls for his replacement. McConnell may not survive this fall’s election.
As conservatives think about the next year in Congress, conservatives should be need to be thinking about who should be the next majority leader.
Jeff Sessions is one name that everyone should be thinking about.