A group of Republican senators took a victory lap on Tuesday after the deal collapsed, with Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) saying that Senate GOP leadership was “out of touch with Republican voters.” McConnell reminded his vocal critics that they had a chance to oust him as the top Senate Republican following the 2022 election, in an interview with Politico.
“I’ve had a small group of persistent critics the whole time I’ve been in this job. They had their shot,” McConnell said.
Following a disastrous 2022 election, where the GOP lost a seat in the Senate after believing they could potentially win back control of the chamber, McConnell faced