House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy raised a few eyebrows last week when he told Punchbowl News that US support for Ukraine would be in jeopardy if Republicans gain power in the midterm elections. “I think people are gonna be sitting in a recession and they’re not going to write a blank check to Ukraine,” the would-be House speaker said. “They just won’t do it. … It’s not a free blank check.”
The GOP leader’s comments did not go unnotified abroad. David Arakhamia, who leads Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s party in parliament, told the Financial Times last week: “We were shocked to hear these comments of Mr. McCarthy, honestly.”
Closer to home, Rep. Liz Cheney, who used to serve alongside McCarthy in the House Republican leadership, had a similar response. “At every moment since, frankly, the aftermath of the election in 2020, when Minority Leader McCarthy has had the opportunity to do the right thing, or do something that serves his own political purpose, he always chooses to serve his own political purpose, ” the Wyoming congresswoman told NBC News’ Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” yesterday.
Cheney added, “Such as the aid to Ukraine, the idea that the party is now no longer going to support the Ukrainian people. For somebody who has the picture of Ronald Reagan on his wall in his office in the Capitol, the notion that now Kevin McCarthy is going to make himself the leader of the pro-Putin wing of my party is just a stunning thing. It’s dangerous. He knows better.”
But while public differences between McCarthy and Cheney might seem predictable, even more notable was a statement from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell late last week. Politico reported:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to break from his House