For years Mitch McConnell has been one of the top ruling class elitists in the Republican Party.
But even at 81-years-old no one saw this coming.
Last week, the U.S. Senate was rocked after it was announced that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had been taken to the hospital in light of a head injury.
McConnell’s staff released a statement on Wednesday that revealed the Senator was attending a fundraising event for his Senate Leadership PAC when he fell and struck his head, and would be staying in the hospital for an extended period of time for observation and treatment.
“Leader McConnell tripped at a dinner event Wednesday evening and has been admitted to the hospital and is being treated for a concussion,” McConnell communications director David Popp said in the statement. “He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days of observation and treatment. The Leader is grateful to the medical professionals for their care and to his colleagues for their warm wishes.”
NBC News reported that a spokesperson for Washington, D.C. Fire and Emergency Services Department acknowledged that an “adult male” fell and hit his head at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, but claimed that “notes did not indicate patient condition.”
“Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said Thursday morning that an ‘adult male’ was transported from the Waldorf Astoria at 9:17 p.m. Wednesday, and the call was dispatched after a report of a fall at the hotel,” NBC News reported. “The person was transported to a local hospital and ‘notes did not indicate patient condition,’ he said.”
But while Senator McConnell is undoubtedly the most powerful Republican establishment elite in Congress, and his absence will certainly have a big impact on the Senate in the immediate future, his fellow GOP Senators oddly have been left in the dark about his condition.
“I don’t know much at this point, the best source of that is going to be his staff,” Senator John Thune (R-SD) told reporters. “We have very limited information on it. I’m sure we’ll get more.”
“They haven’t told us anything,” Senator Tommy Tubberville (R-AL) noted.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) attempted to play the role of a normal human by attempting to portray his concern for his “good friend,” Mitch McConnell, while celebrating the advantage this has given Democrats on the inside.
“My thoughts this morning are with my good friend, Leader Mitch McConnell, who is recovering in the hospital after an accident last night,” Schumer claimed. “This morning, I offer a prayer of strength and healing for the Leader and his family. I called the Leader this morning and spoke briefly with his staff to extend my prayers and well wishes.”
With Senator McConnell on the sidelines, not only are Republicans without their caucus leader, but they’re also down yet another vote in crucial battles with Democrats’ razor-thin Senate majority.
That means Senator Schumer is going to be all too happy to seize the opportunity to force votes on President Joe Biden’s extremist nominees, not to mention whatever radical scheme Democrats can cook up.
Needless to say, Mitch McConnell’s hospitalization has caused utter chaos in Washington, D.C.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.