Senate Majority Mitch McConnell has been the most loyal of the Trump loyalists. But in his home state of Kentucky, where he is up for re-election in 2020, McConnell is running behind in the polls.
About 33 percent of Kentucky voters approve of the job McConnell is doing, while some 56 percent disapprove.
Lately, McConnell has had trouble holding his Senate troops. Twelve Republicans defected on the resolution to overturn Trump’s emergency wall declaration, while six voted with Democrats to reject his Yemen policy.
And life will only become more difficult for McConnell once Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is released. There is a great deal of speculation about whether the report will ever be made public. The odds are overwhelming that it will, one way or another.
Congress has demanded it, in a rare show of bipartisan solidarity. Also, Mueller need only produce indictments of the Trump Organization as a criminal enterprise, with Trump (Individual 1) as an un-indicted co-conspirator, and Mueller’s whole case is on the public record.
As the waters rise around Trump, it becomes harder and harder for McConnell to retreat into his shell and continue his role as loyalist to the end. His own neck will increasingly be on the line. He could end up as mocked turtle soup.