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After retaining control of the Senate in the 2018 midterms, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is poised to continue his nearly 12-year-long reign as Senate leader. He is respected as a strong leader in the party, but his tactics frequently put him at odds with both his colleagues and the party. In this time of divisiveness, even some loyal Republicans are pushing back against his political intransigence, threatening to hold up some of his pet policies. Should Republicans finally break ranks?

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Lindsey Graham appeared on "Meet the Press" days after the midterm elections and broke from his party leader, calling in no uncertain terms for McConnell to reverse his current position and allow the Senate to vote on a criminal justice reform bill. Graham said the bill had bipartisan support and was being held up only by the leader's intransigence. Per The Hill

Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he's confident a criminal justice reform bill that President Trump has backed would receive 80 votes in the Senate, and would be a positive first step for the government in the wake of a contentious midterm election cycle.
"Let’s start 2019 on a positive note," Graham said. "I’m urging Sen. McConnell to bring the bill to the floor of the Senate. It would get 80 votes. Mr. President, pick up the phone and push the Republican leadership."
"The Republicans are the problem here, not the Democrats," he added.
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McConnell shows no indication he is considering leaving his position. Per Politico

Unlike outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), McConnell is not a visionary ideological leader intent on bending the Congress to his will. Instead, McConnell relies on grinding out results to keep his party moving forward: confirmations of nominees, spending deals and political meddling in individual Senate races aimed at keeping Republicans in power.
He’ll work out nomination deals with Schumer that get little attention but achieve far more than keeping the Senate in session continuously just to steamroll Democrats.
“The two best qualities to have in this job is to have a thick hide and to be a good listener, because what I’m always doing is trying to get as much consensus as I can and try to achieve as much as what we can,” McConnell says of his mind-set. “Those who prefer perfection typically are people on the outside who are always thinking, unlike Ronald Reagan, that 80 percent is not enough.”
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NBC News reports that while McConnell may not be the most popular, even within his own party, he has a proven track record of succes. He is incredibly experienced and when push comes to shove, his party members still fall in line behind him. 

“Nearly every politician in Washington is obsessed with their image and that’s all they focus on. McConnell couldn't care less,” said Steven Law, a former McConnell chief of staff who now runs his associated Senate Leadership Fund. “He’s focused on winning the hard fights that matter, and that’s why he succeeds.”
McConnell’s accomplishments as leader are numerous. He has successfully advanced GOP priorities like tax cuts and deregulation and attempted to maintain unity among a diverse Republican conference while also protecting his most vulnerable members during a difficult campaign year.
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However, party members are now openly pushing back against McConnell. Outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake has stated that he will not move forward with any of McConnell's judicial nominees until the leader puts a bill to protect Robert Mueller's investigation on the floor. Per NPR

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is blocking a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the Russia attack on the 2016 presidential election — prompting retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., to pledge he will block progress on confirming judicial nominees.
"Why are we so sanguine about this?" Flake said in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday. "Why? Why do we do this, to protect a man who seemingly is so incurious about what Russia did during the 2016 elections. Why do we do that?"
Flake holds the deciding vote on a narrowly divided Senate Judiciary Committee, which means he could block forward movement on Republican-nominated judicial picks at the committee level for the rest of the year. There are currently 21 judicial nominees awaiting a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Should Republicans turn against Mitch McConnell?
#SupportMitch
A festive crown for the winner
#DitchMitch