Get The Marshmallows
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie breathlessly leads with this gossip above the fold (as we olds used to say):
SCOOP: House Minority Whip STEVE SCALISE (R-La.) made the pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday to meet with the King of the GOP while fundraising in the area. The trip by the No. 2 House Republican comes weeks after Minority Leader KEVIN MCCARTHY’S sit-down with DONALD TRUMP there last month, and it shows Scalise’s loyalty to the departed president is unshaken. Unlike McCarthy, who called for Trump’s censure after Jan. 6 then moved to patch things up, Scalise, a longtime Trump supporter, never endorsed a formal rebuke of the ex-president.
And of course they note what everyone already knows:
The trip underscores that the top two House Republicans are now hitching their wagons to Trump, even as Senate Minority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL and LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 House Republican, have ditched him.
We’re not sure why this Wins The Morning, but you know, slow day for gossip?
Meanwhile, the NYTimes tells us:
“The strategy appeared twofold: Don’t stoke a full-on revolt by Trump supporters the party needs by voting to convict, but demonstrate to anti-Trump Republicans — particularly big donors — that he recognized Mr. Trump’s failings and is beginning to steer the party in another direction.”
“But it did not exactly produce the desired result. Instead, it has drawn Mr. McConnell into a vicious feud with the former president… And it has left some Republicans bewildered over Mr. McConnell’s strategy and others taking a harder line, saying the leader whose focus was always the next election had hurt the party’s 2022 prospects.”
“The miscalculation has left Mr. McConnell in an unusual place — on the defensive, with Mr. Trump pressing for his ouster, and no easy way to extricate himself from the political bind.”
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Lord Damp Nut escaped conviction in the Senate due to amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell’s treachery, but LDN is too stupid to know that and too self-involved to care because: Loyalty Ave is a one-way street.
I wonder if Mitch realizes that the Coup Klux Klan is gonna target him to prove their loyalty to Lord Damp Nut?