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GOP Takeover of the Senate Looks More and More Likely

As the summer rolls onward, the midterm elections are about to get into full swing. However, according to The Washington Post, “Democrats have been hit by retirements in tough states…and Republicans haven’t nominated the sort of extreme candidates who lack broader appeal in a general election.” The chance that the Republicans will not only retain the House of Representatives but also take the Senate is “a better-than-50/50 proposition.”

The race with perhaps the most potential to make a GOP takeover of the Senate even more interesting, is that one of the races in which Democrats still have a fighting chance is in Kentucky, home of current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is running a very competent campaign, and Sen. McConnell’s popularity has been on the decline.

With Senate mavericks like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul – both arguably in a ramp-up for a 2016 bid for the Republican nomination for President – making all the waves on the Capitol, McConnell has come to symbolize the out-of-touch and quasi-impotent GOP establishment that Tea Party patriots seek to rout from the party.

So a Republican Senate with a new Majority Leader might be just enough of an institutional shake-up that Democrats and Republicans may actually start working together to pass laws. Once the midterms are over, it will be all about 2016 but in an effort for new names to make their electoral bones, one could actually expect a dearth of legislation to be passed from Presidential hopefuls on both the right and the left.

That is, of course, if a new Majority Leader is against the way the Senate has become a battleground for partisan politics, especially with the use of the filibuster. If he or she is in favor of that tactic or if Sen. McConnell escapes defeat and retains his position, the partisan gridlock will only worsen.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.

  • Thom Lee

    We can only pray that doesn’t happen! We’re in enough trouble already. They are already ruining what’s left of a once great nation.

    • shirleyndennis

      No, we can do more than pray, we can GET OUT AND VOTE!!!

      • Thom Lee

        I do and keep posting for people to do the same. To let them and the tea partiers who get in under them would be disasterous.

  • Wendell Craig Woods

    GOD FORBID!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Classy Lowel

    We know have people in power that what nothing more then to tear this country apart

    • Thom Lee

      Yes, we do the GOP and Tea Party.

  • Mike Gorman

    don`t believe conservative lies

    • Joshua M. Patton

      Mike, thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. Two things about midterms though. They lack the kind of electoral “draw” that a Presidential election has, and it’s tough to get kids excited about “Alderman Davis” or the Georgia 4th. Secondly, the midterm electorate is historically older and more conservative, which is another plus in the GOP column. So while I agree with your statement, sadly this article is not one of those lies….

  • Mike Gorman

    Remember Romney was going to win in a landslide. Just help people get IDs in Voter Suppression states

  • crabbyj

    Don’t slack folks…get out there and reinforce the Dem candidates’ street game, and get those votes!

  • Kathi Geukes

    You’re beginning to be the thing you hate…a fear mongering blog…don’t go this way…there are enough mad Rethuglicans out there that are already planning to vote Dem or not at all to kick the arseholes out of office…..stop listening to polls….they never are right are they?….and start listening to the people who actually vote!!! That’b be us!!!!

    • Joshua M. Patton

      Kathi, thanks for reading and sharing your opinion. It was certainly not my attention to “fear monger,” although crafting a headline people will click on proves to be trickier and trickier as time goes on. That said, see my above reply to Mike G. about why midterms are different than the Presidential years. While you are right about polls be dodgy, the trend towards data-driven journalism lately has seen the science improve quite a bit. However, I will take your criticism to heart and try to make sure my focus in future pieces is laser-tight on the issues.