In public, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) boasts about how well the Republicans are doing under President Trump. But in private, he’s panicking that with the 2018 midterms, the GOP will lose both the House and the Senate.
According to Politico, there is “widespread concern heading into 2018” in the GOP because of Trump’s possible impact on crucial House and Senate races. McConnell and other Republicans are expecting a Democratic surge taking control of the legislative branch.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) also sees the writing on the wall, and the ink is blue. He’s even warned donors that Republicans in swing districts may retire instead of seeking re-election. Ryan might be one them.
And many Republican lawmakers already announced that they wouldn’t be seeking re-election. Most notably, both Senate seats will be up for grabs in Arizona as John McCain and Jeff Flake both step down. McCain for health reasons, Flake because he sees the damage his party is doing to America.
But White House political director Bill Stepien is hopeful that strong economic growth and the new tax bill will help the Republicans keep their hold on the two Houses. For many Americans, this won’t be enough. Trump has the worst approval ratings in the history of modern polling, and voters are likely to retaliate by electing more people to keep him in check.
Whatever happens, 2018 is going to be the most dramatic midterm election the country has ever seen.