Welcome to The Best & The Brightest, coming to you a day later than usual thanks to the long weekend. But for Republicans in Washington, the weekend was almost certainly not sleepy. Mitch McConnell’s latest health episode (his second “freeze up” in as many months) has accelerated conversations about his tenure, potential successors, and the true source of his unusual power. My thoughts, below. Plus a conversation with veteran Capitol Hill insider Abby Livingston about the succession timeline and what comes next.
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Congress is back in session today after the summer recess, and the biggest topic of conversation on Capitol Hill isn’t the possibility of a government shutdown, the size of the next Farm Bill, or even a possible House impeachment of Joe Biden. It’s the future of Mitch McConnell, and whether the longest-serving party leader in the history of the Senate can continue to...
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