McConnell resists calls for lead­er­ship change as foes con­sid­er McCarthy-like revolt

Before the ink had even dried on a long-await­ed immi­gra­tion and for­eign aid bill, Sen­ate Minor­i­ty Leader Mitch McConnell (R‑KY) announced the deal lacked sup­port in the Repub­li­can con­fer­ence, a pro­pos­al he had per­son­al­ly cham­pi­oned.

The moment illus­trat­ed the changed land­scape on Capi­tol Hill, as the Ken­tucky Republican’s influ­ence con­tin­ues to wane with his fel­low Repub­li­cans and the par­ty shifts more to the right with for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s influ­ence. The front-run­ner for the GOP nom­i­na­tion staunch­ly opposed the deal and has long pushed for Sen­ate Repub­li­cans to ditch McConnell.

It was an abrupt change from just three months ear­li­er when Repub­li­cans demand­ed Democ­rats agree to a series of changes in bor­der pol­i­cy in exchange for addi­tion­al for­eign aid. In the days since McConnell had tapped Sen. James Lank­ford (R‑OK) to nego­ti­ate the deal, Trump had com­mand­ing wins in the GOP pri­ma­ry race in Iowa and New Hamp­shire, con­sol­i­datin …