ALTHOUGH THANKS TO ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS, GOP GAINS COULD HAVE BEEN AMAZING …
As reported at The Hill, Democratic operative James Carville expressed doubt, on the John Catsimatidis, AM 970 in New York, and stated that it would be “very, very difficult” for Democrats to take back the U.S Senate it 2018. Carville placed the chances at well below 50 percent. Carville also went on to say that “no one” was in charge of the Democratic Party at the moment. The problem for the Democrats is a numbers game. In 2018, Democrats must defend 25 seats (23 Dems, 2 Independents caucus with Dems), while Republicans only 8. Democrat senators are running for reelection in states Trump carried last November. Trump won half of those states , Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia by double digits. Although I give Democrats pretty much no chance of taking back the Senate as it is much more likely they will see the GOP gain seats. The fact of the matter is that Republicans, lead by GOP Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell are blowing it. Their lack of leadership, lack of a plan and lack of any balls to help pass the Trump agenda will all but depress Republican vote in 2018. The Senate Republicans actually had a chance to get to the magical 60 Senate seats, but they have blown it. In some bizarre set of circumstances, they act like they enjoy being the minority party.
Mitch McConnell must go!
Democratic operative James Carville is expressing doubt that his party will take back the Senate in 2018, saying Saturday that it would be “very, very difficult,” to do so.
“I think right now most Democrats are trying to focus on the 2018 elections and trying to recruit people and keep incumbents, and you know I would say we have a pretty good chance of taking the House back. The Senate is very, very difficult,” Carville told John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.
“The problem in the Senate is we have a large number of seats we have to hold in states that Donald Trump carried. Indiana, Missouri, you know, places like that we have to hold seats,” he continued.
“The only places where we have an opportunity for pick up are, you know, Nevada is pretty good. After that Arizona is less good, then you’re down to Texas and Alabama, and for Democrats to win the Senate back, they have to pick up three seats,” Carville said.
More from the Washington Free Beacon on the Democrats bleak efforts on winning back the Senate in 2018.
Democrats need to pick up three seats in 2018 to win back control of the chamber, but they’re defending seats in multiple states that President Donald Trump won handily in 2016. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.), Joe Donnelly (D., Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (R., N.D.), and Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) are among Democrats up for re-election in 2018 who are vulnerable to being defeated by Republican challengers.
The pick-up attempts for Democrats are more difficult, with Republicans mainly defending seats in red states.
“The problem in the Senate is we have a large number of seats we have to hold in states that Donald Trump carried,” Carville said. “Indiana, Missouri, you know places like that that we have to hold seats … I would say the chances of the Democrats winning the House back, let’s just say it’s 50-50 … [The chance of] winning the Senate is substantially less.”