Where are Mitch McConnell’s people?

Michael Arceneaux
4 min readAug 30, 2023

For the second time this summer, we watched the Senate Minority Leader freeze in front of reporters.

Photo: @LeaderMcConnell/Twitter

For a few seconds on Wednesday, I had pity for the Mister Burns of politics.

I do not like Mitch McConnell.

The number of reasons why feel infinite but to be concise, he has spent his entire life taking from the least of us to hand over to rich people. His policies have ruined and stolen lives. He is a terrible person and politician.

To be clear, he doesn’t deserve my or anyone’s pity.

Even so, he looked pretty damn pitiful taking questions from reporters after an event hosted by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Once again, McConnell drifted away, standing frozen with his eyes vacant to the point one wonders if you’re watching a stroke happen in real time.

The 81-year-old senator, still recovering from injuries suffered from a fall earlier this year, was asked if he would seek reelection in 2026.

He chuckled initially and said, “Oh that’s uhh–” and then totally disappeared.

Seconds later, an aide approached McConnell and asked him if he had heard the question.

(In my mind, I thought, “You know damn well he did not hear that.”)

McConnell continued to stare straight.

The aide then turns to the room and says,” Alright, I am sorry you all. We are going to need a minute.”

Eventually, McConnell cleared his throat and said, “Okay,” and continued to take questions.

In a statement, a spokesman for McConnell said, “Leader McConnell felt momentarily lightheaded and paused during his press conference today.”

The spokesman added that McConnell will consult a physician. Yeah, one would hope he would go get his head checked out again after that. But consult?

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Michael Arceneaux

New York Times bestselling author of “I Can’t Date Jesus” and “I Don’t Want To Die Poor.”