Reports are now surfacing that Senate Republicans may be in trouble this fall.
“The optimist in me would say the odds of us getting a break in the future are greater because we’ve had such a run of bad luck,” joked Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), serving in the House GOP leadership when Republicans there lost the majority in 2006. “I think it may very well work out that way.”
Circumstances seemingly have lately conspired against Republican President Donald Trump. Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) expressed, “You gotta play the hand you’re dealt. But yeah, we’ve been getting some bad cards lately. You’ve gotta keep playing and hopefully your luck changes at some point.”
Plus he announced, “I’m still very confident we can win a lot of these races this fall. But timing and circumstances and the political environment have a lot to do with that. We’ll see what it looks like then.”
GOP Sen. John Cornyn, up for reelection in a suddenly competitive Texas race told, “With all due respect, it seems like the Democrats and the mainstream media are determined to do everything they can to defeat the president, and occasionally he undermines himself by some of the things he does and says.” Then declared, “So it’s been a rocky couple of weeks, but that means we got nowhere to go but up.”
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee claimed, “I feel good in the sense that we are on the offense, we’ve got a strong map. But it really starts with our candidates and our incumbents. They’re strong … they’re outraising their Senate Republican opponent. That tells you a lot. That tells you that they’re working hard in their states.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) facing Democrat Amy McGrath, downplayed a spate of bad news for the Republicans. “My view is that it’s pretty much the way it’s been all along, We had a lot of exposure this cycle. We knew that from the beginning. We knew we were gonna have a lot of hard races, and we do have a lot of hard races.” He decided, “I don’t think the landscape is any different from what it would’ve been a year ago.”