WASHINGTON (AP) – One of Senate's majority leader Mitch McConnell's guiding principles is: "There is no education in a mule's second kick."
Now he was deeply into a government interruption, he warned President Donald Trump against McConnell is not letting himself be kicked again.
The Republican leader has been conspicuously exposed to Trump since the decommissioning began. He is waiting for the President and Democrats to make an agreement to end it. The result is an unusually inactive profile for the GOP leader, who is often the rear stage architect for intricate regulatory maneuvers to solve bitter partisan stalemates.
Democrats publicly complain – and some Republicans stumble privately ̵
But the Republican republican, re-elected in 2020 in a state where Trump tends to be more popular than he is, sees no choice but to stand back and let the president who took the country into custody decide how he wants to get out of it.
McConnell said the "solution to the problem" is for the president he remembers is the only one who can sign a bill to reach agreement with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. "There is no way in it," he told reporters this week.
Democrats are wondering what happened to the mastermind in previous legislative logos. The Senate's 30-year-old veteran, after all, thought the way out of a debt crisis, when partying Republicans challenged President Obama; He met the deal with Vice-President Joe Biden to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff."
"Some years ago, Leader McConnell noted," Remember me? I'm the guy who gets us out of shutdowns, "Senate Minority Chuck Schumer, who interrupted an interview McConnell did a few years ago, said" Well, Leader McConnell, now is the time …. allow a vote on the law and reopen the government. "
McConnell has lots of solutions to the famous, says Allies. But he sees no value in trying to make an agreement that Trump may not adhere to. In his view, it is not just a waste of time, it potentially exposes Republican senators for re-election in 2020, including themselves as concurrently with Trump's wishes.
"Everyone demands that McConnell do something." What? "GOP strategist asked Scott Jennings, a longtime McConnell ally. "What is McConnell – or anybody else – will tell Trump? Hey man, give up on the wall? It's wild."
Jennings said rather than being considered a weak leader, the opposite is true: McConnell shows strength by Protect the Republicans from voting for bills that put them or the President on the spot as they try to force Democrats & # 39; hand.
"He won't sign the president of his own party," he said.
On the other hand, no opinion is twice. Days before the interruption, McConnell began to implement the plan, which the Republicans had largely agreed upon.
The strategy was simple: Give Trump a runway to take the matter to the American people – also under his EU address – before the next round of February polls, according to Republicans familiar with the plan.
All systems went to tomorrow in the last passage, but Trump opposed it.
McConnell was frustrated. "He wasn't very happy to say the least," said GOP Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas. "He's a very nice individual … very strategic … Mitch, if something doesn't work, he finds a way to make it work."
But this time, McConnell doesn't give way. Yes, he looks at the negotiating season in the White House. His employees meet for two-party negotiations with others. McConnell speaks most every day to call Trump. Asked about the Senator's role during the interruption, the President protested at praise: "He has really been amazing."
Nevertheless, the leader who was supposed to sit still as a child fighting with polio was nothing, if not a patient. And then he waits.
Not all Republicans embrace the strategy. Some are increasingly worried that the Senate is essentially idle, while hundreds of thousands of federal employees go without pay, destroy their homes, and endanger the broader economy.
"It is now the Senate that really does nothing, I mean we should do something," says late Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Who is trying to build support for his bill to pay federal employees, including TSA Airport Shielding System, which is forced to work without payslips.  "I am very sympathetic to the need for the president to sign something – so what is the point of bringing up something that is DOA – but we can certainly show some leadership here," he said. "We could bring it up for voting."
Like the #MitchShutdown billboards dot the Kentucky landscape, McConnell, who is likely to have Trump by his side while he is re-elected, will not have indicated that he feels the heat. 19659011] He is probably more interested in voters like Mike Bickers of Lexington, a 65-year-old retired Coca-Cola sales representative.
"I don't want Mitch McConnell to cave this," Bickers said. "I want him to hold on to his weapons."
Trump won Kentucky in 2016 with nearly 63 percent of the vote, about 400,000 more votes than McConnell in his last Senate election. In 2018, Kentucky voters again embraced Trump in re-election of the GOP Rep. Andy Barr, the congressman who was in a close race until Trump visited, began an increase in Barr's favor.
McConnell's approval ratings, nationally and in Kentucky, have never been high. But he has consistently been re-elected by running disciplined, well-funded campaigns.
One of #MitchShutdown's billboards is in Owensboro in western Kentucky, once a democratic stronghold. Now, Republican Mayor Tom Watson says he and many of the city's voters are happy to see McConnell and Trump "totally agree" on the border.
"Senator McConnell," said Watson, "I think is doing exactly what the Senate should do."
Mascaro reported from Washington and Beam reported from Frankfort, Kentucky.