Why will the GOP be desperate for a win?
The Republican Party has been in a tailspin since last week when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not seek re-election in 2018, triggering a political crisis that led to the resignation of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the ouster of Vice President Mike Pence.
The Democrats have seized on the fallout to launch a renewed effort to take control of the chamber.
McConnell said he is committed to the Senate and that he would step aside if a Republican wins a second term.
Republicans in the House have already taken steps to block any attempt by Democrats to hold the chamber in their hands, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said on Friday that Democrats will try to bring down the chamber’s GOP majority in 2019 and beyond.
“If Democrats have any chance of winning the majority, I hope they don’t just take the Senate,” Cornyn told ABC News.
“I hope they make some changes to the rules so they are not in the majority and they’re not in control of Congress, and we’re going to have to deal with that.
We’re not even your problem.””
But I’m also going to say to you: If you’re going after the Senate, if you’re not going after us, we’re not your problem.
We’re not even your problem.”
Democrats have a strategy for getting the Senate to flip to their side, but it could backfire on them.
If the Senate Democrats lose the Senate in 2020, the Democrats would likely hold the House and the presidency for a decade.
That would be a far cry from the Democratic takeover of the Senate they enjoyed in 2017 and 2018.
The only thing Republicans have in common with Democrats is that both have their own House majority, which has been a major obstacle to Democrats in the past.
They would be much better off if Democrats could win back the Senate but not the House.
Republicans could also lose control of both houses in 2019, giving them control of control of government and the Supreme Court for a century.
They could also have a Republican president in 2020.
And if Republicans lose control in the 2018 elections, the GOP would lose control over both chambers for a generation.
Democrats have made a habit of blaming Republicans for a variety of problems, including a lack of transparency and an economy that has grown stagnant.
But the GOP has also tried to blame Democrats for things that it can’t control.
It’s a vicious cycle that’s made the Democrats the most successful opposition party in the modern era, but Democrats have had to play catch-up.
The GOP’s current struggles could be the tipping point.
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