The more Republicans do things like this (and their no-stop push on Kavanaugh: https://t.co/ZwBJDaiHJD), the more I'm certain they are very concerned about control of the Senate. https://t.co/njRg8WEETe
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) September 11, 2018
The Washington Post, company paper in a town where the monopoly industry is politics, certainly thinks so:
Republicans have grown increasingly worried about losing control of the Senate, as President Trump’s approval rating tumbles and Democrats gain steam in key battleground races.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday sounded some of the most doubtful notes of Trump’s presidency that Republicans will keep the upper chamber of Congress, telling reporters, “I hope when the smoke clears, we’ll still have a majority.”
His comments came as Republican strategists and officials fretted over a fresh round of private polling on the Senate races, while public polls registered further erosion in Americans’ approval of Trump. “Shipwreck” was how one leading strategist described the situation, adding an expletive to underscore the severity of the party’s problems…
At the start of Trump’s tenure, some Republicans envisioned enough wins to secure a filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats, confident they could oust many of the 10 Democrats running in states Trump won in 2016. Even a few weeks ago, Republicans were talking more assuredly about flipping seats.
But less than two months till the Nov. 6 election, Republicans barely mention Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — states Trump won — as opportunities to knock out a Democrat, while McConnell reiterated that nine seats, plus Texas, were at stake.
“Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia and Florida. All of them too close to call, and every one of them like a knife fight in an alley; I mean, just a brawl in every one of those places,” McConnell told reporters in Louisville…
The dire warnings also could serve as a wake-up call to GOP donors for the final eight weeks of the campaign….
Sure, some of McConnell’s bluster is an old-school threat to those donors: Nice grift ya got goin’ here. Shame if some goo-goo Dems were to get voted in and take it away from ya. But more and more, it’s looking like a last desperate smash&grab, as the Repub looters stuff their pockets before the authorities show up.
It won’t be easy, rebuilding our institutions after the GOP arsonists are turfed out. But the ‘easy’ options — giving in to despair, or haring after third-party grifters — would only make things worse.
??? The Senate is in play. We can stop Trump judges if Dems take the Senate. Get involved in a Senate race. We. Can. Do. This. https://t.co/tcucjWDTqa
— Neera Tanden ? (@neeratanden) September 12, 2018