Looks like Democrats and Republicans alike can't find Addison Mitchell McConnell, Jr. Roll Call writes:
Even Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions isn't sure whether Addison will provide leadership:
A virtual no-show during last month's divisive immigration debate, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (
) is expected by his fellow Republicans to emerge soon from the shadows and reassert himself as a leading face of the GOP. But at least in the early hours of this week's showdown over the Iraq War, that hasn't happened yet. Ky.
McConnell was missing for much of the Senate's consideration of comprehensive immigration reform — a controversial measure that the Minority Leader quietly opposed and one that divided his party.
"I think he will provide leadership," Sessions said.
What's more, McConnell has been absent from several high-powered meetings on Iraq with other senior Republicans, including Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Conference Chairman Jon Kyl (Ariz.), McCain and Graham. Those Senators have been in discussions with the White House over the past several days to determine how best to proceed on the Defense Department authorization bill.