Facing a far-right primary challenger, Mitch McConnell can do nothing to avert a government shutdown

Pat Cunningham

THIS GUY‘s highest priority is political self-preservation:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election battle against a credible conservative opponent upends congressional politics in a way that makes it harder to avoid a government shutdown and debt default. In recent years, the Kentucky Republican has had a knack for cutting deals at the last minute to break impasses and avert fiscal crises.

This time around — as federal government funding expires Sept. 30 and as the U.S. brushes up against the debt limit in the fall — playing that role could end his career.

“I’ve watched McConnell closely and after ...

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