At this point in time, the only real power that the Democrats have in government is in the House of Representatives. Even there, even with the edge of the most powerful woman in the United States Speaker Nancy Pelosi D-CA), Donald Trump has clipped their oversight wings. There is realistic hope, though.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has held the Senate by the throat as they are pinched between him and Trump’s effective threats. McConnell refused to let any legislation of significance through, and POTUS’ effective and vicious claims he would literally ruin the senators pretty much neutered all of them. The Democrats, Independents, and traditional Republicans can still look to a better future.
Republicans and the Republican-leaning legislators carry the Senate majority right now with 53 against the Democrats’ and Democratic-leaning senators.
The New Pubic Policy Polling (PPP) shows Sara Gideon (D_ is challenging the woman responsible for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Susan Collins (R) and led 47-53 in the Maine race. In Arizona, former astronaut and husband of former Senator Gabby Gifford (D), Mark Kelly (D(, led Martha McSally (R) 47-42. Cal Cunningham(D) led Thom Tillis (R) 46-41 in the North Carolina race, and Colorado’s John Hickenlooper (D) led Cory Gardner (R) 51-48.
The Republican Party has been shrinking for decades, thus all of the efforts to pretzel and leverage themselves into office. They have had inconvenient and broken voting machines, gerrymandered districts until they look like the creature from the deep, and altered voting roles just to name a few of their tricks.
Thursday, the very popular former Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) just announced he planned to run for the Senate. He entered the 2020 presidential race late, because he was finishing his governor’s job and never quite caught up. He dropped out of that race early.
These Democratic Senate hopefuls have one thing going for them: Donald Trump’s unpopularity.
‘One thing making life harder for both Collins and McSally is Donald Trump’s unpopularity in their states. In Maine only 42% of voters approve of the job he’s doing to 56% who disapprove, and in Arizona only 45% of voters approve of the job he’s doing to 51% who disapprove.’
On the other side, Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) in a red, red state stood with the Democrats in the Trump impeachment hearing. That may have cost him his seat, and that would leave the Senate 50-50. Should the Democrats carry the presidency, his vice president would vote in favor of the Democrats’ legislation.
As the Republican Party declined and moved far left of conservative to nearly rabid, that left the former moderate and conservative members with no home. They are in the process of squeezing these people dry, meaning existing and future Republican politicians have and may continue to move to Independent status or even become the new conservative branch of the Democratic Party.
PPP predicted the popular vote in the 2016 presidential race within the margin of error. It also received a “better-than-average” rating from FiveThirtyEight.
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