Even people with dementia can just sit on the plush in the US Senate

Republican Mitch McConnell (81) was silent for 30 seconds during a press conference before being led away by employees.  Image via REUTERS

Republican Mitch McConnell (81) was silent for 30 seconds during a press conference before being led away by employees.Image via REUTERS

A reporter asked if Sen. Mitch McConnell, now 80, would be re-elected for another six-year term in 2026. The answer was not uttered, but it was all the more telling. After a few words, the leader of the Republicans in the Senate froze. He kept his gaze fixed on endless distances as a concerned colleague stepped forward, tried unsuccessfully to regain his attention, and finally led him away.

Maybe it's better not to, such a new term, one would think with such a scene. In fact, the question echoing in the halls of Washington is whether McConnell should finish his current term. After all, it was already the second time this summer that it suddenly froze, and it also seemed that it often fell suddenly. Are we witnessing in public someone slowly losing control of things, perhaps due to the onset of Alzheimer's?