3/13/23: Though scant information has been made available regarding his condition we are now told that McConnell also broke a rib in addition to the concussion he suffered. Released from the hospital today, he is not going home, but has been moved to an “inpatient rehabilitation facility.”
After suffering a concussion during fall requiring hospitalization Wednesday evening, 81-year-old Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) remains in the hospital “for a few days of observation and treatment,” according to his staff. Falling at that advanced age is far more serious than even a decade earlier. Mayo Clinic provides a definitive report on the causes and risks associated with older patients in such circumstances. McConnell required surgery in 2019 after suffering a fall at home resulting in a fractured shoulder. At that time his recovery took several weeks. McConnell has a history of heart problems and had triple bypass surgery in 2003.
Now, 16 years past normal retirement age, Mitch McConnell is the longest-serving Senate leader in history. First elected to the Senate in 1984, McConnell is Kentucky’s longest-elected senator.
In his absence, Minority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-SD) will assume the GOP leadership position. He’s a generation younger than McConnell. The average age of the 118th Congress is 58 years old. Scroll down through Fiscal Note for a definitive list of members of congress and their ages as of February 6, 2023. Lydia Stowe has assembled a fact-filled reports.
An interesting fact no one seems inclined to clarify: The base senate salary is $193,400 yearly, yet McConnell’s net worth is $22,841,026. Ballotpedia has the names, facts and figures:
As sitcom character Ricky Ricardo was known to say, “Splain that to me, Lucy.”
News on McConnell’s condition will not be scarce. It will be non-existent.
I never thought I’d say this, but we need term limits. Too many in the political class are unable to relinquish their power even as octogenarians.
McConnell at his best was never that good. This fall (which is probably worse than we are being told) provides an explainable exit for him. He ought to take it.
Maybe we’ll get lucky & mr. magoo’ll follow in his buddy harry reid’s footsteps!
Mitch would rather have Jeff the Flake over an actual Republican Senator from Arizona. Treacherous Snake that guy is same with his wife Elaine Chao.
Let’s not forget that McConnell pressured nearly a dozen weak Republicrats to round up the votes he needed to pave the way for democraps to pass legislation to raise the debt limit that he is too old to have to answer for, as America sinks deeper into bankruptcy. Flake was his ideal counterpart.
McConnell must have missed Flake, the demo colluder, when Biden appropriately sent Flake to Turkey. Flake was unable to run for reelection because even his inflated ego realized there was no way he could ever again win an Arizona election.
Although Americans have had no word on McConnell’s condition or even seen a photo of him waving, his longtime political adviser Josh Holmes says he’s “been there the last two days” with McConnell and claims “the senator has been walking around and peppering staff with questions.” After the 81 year old has suffered a concussion and obviously other bruising? That’s a bridge too far for believability.
My guess is McConnell will never see the inside of the senate again. Wonder why he hasn’t been moved home with nursing care? He must be worst off than we’ve been told.