In public, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brags about how well the Republicans are doing under President Trump. But in private, he’s freaking out that because he thinks that with the 2018 midterms, the GOP will lose both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
According to Politico, there is “widespread concern heading into 2018” in the GOP due to Trump’s possible impact on key House and Senate races. McConnell and other Republicans are looking forward to a Democratic surge taking control of the legislative branch.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) also sees the Democratic tidal wave on its way. He’s even warned donors that Republicans in swing districts may retire rather than futilely seeking re-election. Ryan might be one them.
And many Republican lawmakers have already announced that they wouldn’t be running for re-election. Most notably, both Senate seats will be open in Arizona as John McCain and Jeff Flake both step down. McCain for his tragic health problems, Flake because he sees how his party is hurting the American people.
But White House political director Bill Stepien has high hopes that strong economic growth and the new tax bill will help the Republicans keep control of the two Houses. For many Americans, this won’t be close to enough. Trump has the worst approval ratings in the history of modern polling, and voters are very likely to retaliate by electing more people to keep him in check.
Whatever happens, 2018 will be the most dramatic midterm election America has ever seen.