McConnell’s exit creates rift in GOP as the ‘three Johns’ emerge

by ian


Mitch McConnell made a surprise announcement yesterday that he will step down as the GOP’s Senate leader, and now the race for his replacement is on. The “three Johns” – they’ve now been dubbed – are leading the conversation. But a rift is forming between the GOP’s old guard and the new Trump-allied movement.

Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) holds more moderate views and has held Trump at arm’s length. He may be viewed as a nonstarter for those wanting a fresh slate post-McConnell.

Next is Senate GOP Conference Chair John Barrasso (Wyo.), who has a strong relationship with the former president and many of his more conservative supporters.

Finally, there’s Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), who does not currently hold a leadership position but may use that to his advantage amidst the current dissatisfaction in the GOP. He’s been critical of Trump in the past but gave him his endorsement in January.

McConnell will stay in leadership until November.