"You gotta rotate the crops."
"Somebody's got to take the fall."
If Mitch McConnell wins reelection but Republicans fail to win the Senate, will he be back as minority leader?
REPUBLICANS (88 VOTES)
"Yes, he's more savvy than anyone else in the Senate GOP."
"Anyone with enough charisma or capital to challenge McConnell is running for president."
"He is rock solid as leader. Cruz et al are the problem."
"Until you kill the king, he's still the king."
"He won't be challenged by any establishment types, and the tea party doesn't begin to have the votes."
"McConnell's colleagues trust his judgment above all else — and the fact that he's not interested in being president."
"McConnell himself failed to win seats over two cycles as NRSC chair, yet became leader anyway. He's dodged this bullet before."
"He will be able to celebrate both his new title and his new term."
"As long as there's a net gain in seats."
"The caucus is comfortable with him, even if the general electorate is not."
"He shouldn't be, but no one will have the guts to take him on."
"He said he'd crush the tea party, and he is doing that. That should take care of it."
"Like the Caps fired [coach Adam] Oates and [general manager George] McPhee, the Senate Republicans will fire McConnell — time for a generational change."
"It's like hockey. Make it to the playoffs five times and fail to win the Cup, the coach gets fired. Same should apply here."
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