Mitch McConnell In Panic Mode As New Senate Ratings Fuel Democratic Takeover Hopes
As national polls continue to show a big Senate shift toward the Democratic side and the prospect of a Democratic majority looking more likely, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is beginning to realize that his days of obstruction could be coming to an end.
A Democratic majority in the Senate is looking more likely as several changes in Senate ratings move toward the Democratic side, which means Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) days of obstruction could be coming to an end.
Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelle from the University of Virginia Center for Politics, analyzed the data and say it looks like this could be the “shortest period of control for a party since the early 2000s,” with Republicans likely to lose majority control in the Senate in November.
“From the vantage point of Labor Day, it appears as though that 2014 flip could become a 2016 flop, and on Nov. 8, Democrats have a good chance to grab at least a tie — broken by the new vice president — and possibly a majority of as many as several seats,” they write.
Without Mitch McConnell obstructing the Senate, Congress could act on things like funding Zika, the Voting Rights Act, a hearing and up or down vote on Supreme Court nominee Justice Merrick Garland.
During a conference call with reporters Thursday, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) told said: “The Republican Senate will be remembered for how it did. The Senate is being run straight into the ground.”