The Democrats know they can’t get rid of ol’ Mitch McConnell out of the Senate. They tried back in 2014 with Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes, but that didn’t work out.
And now, he’s ensured his stay in the Senate for at least another term by attaching himself and his wife Elaine Chao to the man, Donald Trump, who Kentuckians see as their “Lord
and Savior of Coal.”
So the Democrats are doing the next best thing which is asking for folks help in taking away ol’ Mitch’s power by demoting him to the position of Minority Leader in the Senate.
Two Fridays ago on March 15, 2019, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) sent out a promoted tweet asking folks if they want “to flip the Senate and Ditch Mitch,” who’s become a symbol of how too much power in the hands of one party is bad for the country.
During his tenure as the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell has done everything in his power to protect Donald Trump.
He’s helped to get controversial judges like Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh through the confirmation process and on to the U.S. Supreme Court. McConnell voted against the Senate’s bill to block Trump’s national emergency declaration, and McConnell blocked a bill on the Senate floor that was passed unanimously in the House to release Robert Mueller’s report on the Russian Investigation.
McConnell isn’t worried about what the country wants because he’s in the deep red state of Kentucky which has a cult like devotion to their “Lord and Savior of Coal,” Donald Trump.
It’s for that reason McConnell just knows his leadership position as the Senate Majority Leader is safe.
Sure, the numbers are on his side. There are 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and 2 Independents who vote with Democrats in the Senate.
In order to flip the Senate, the Democrats must take back six Republican seats and hold on to the seats they have.
Out of the 20 Senate Republicans
who are up for re-election, 18 of them are in deep red states that voted for Trump in 2016.
Susan Collins in Maine and Cory Gardner in Colorado are the two senators the Democrats may be able to pick off because they’re in more moderate states that can easily swing towards the Democrats’ direction.
Senator Thom Tillis is another senator the Democrats see as vulnerable. However, he’s in the Bible belt state of North Carolina. And if Tillis is replaced, it will be by another Republican.
For their part, the 11 Democrats
are pretty safe. I know, I know, I know Doug Jones won a special election to beat the political R. Kelly, Roy Moore, for Jeff Sessions' seat.
I doubt, though, that Jones will be given the boot. He’s done a pretty good job of playing the role of a modern Dixie Crat who knows how to straddle the fence without getting knocked over by either side.
This whole bit about the numbers, now, doesn’t mean there isn’t any hope for the Democrats.
A Fox News
poll shows that over a majority of voters aren’t too happy with how the Republican president, Donald Trump, is handling healthcare.
Healthcare is an issue which, by the way, helped the Democrats to take back the House last year.
With Donald Trump talking about wiping out the now popular Obamacare, chances are the voters throughout the country may very well decide they need to promote Chuck Schumer to Majority Leader so they can have a balance of power between the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch.
And yes folks, one issue can lead to one party taking control of Congress. Just ask the Republicans how they were able to take back Congress in 2014.
The Republicans took Congress back the same way the Democrats took back the House in 2018 and the same way the Democrats may very well take Congress back in 2020, with the help of Obamacare.
And if Donald Trump keeps threatening to kill Obamacare, he could more than likely find himself unwittingly helping the Democrats “to flip the Senate and Ditch Mitch.”