Republicans are so terrified of losing the House in the midterm elections, they’re focusing on a campaign to hold onto the Senate. Their current and urgent slogan is that only a Senate majority will ensure confirmation of conservative judges and assorted other Trump nominees.
Some in the GOP fear that the Democrats could parlay complete control of Congress to dilute the actual conservatism of this ideologically, uh, flexible, president and advance their own priorities.
Through a wave of special elections, it has become clear that Democratic excitement is surging in the very rural and suburban districts that House Republicans are struggling to fortify. This is why GOP officials, strategists, and donors to panic about what the midterms will bring.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his allies are leading an effort to motivate the conservative base by reminding them that his branch of the Capitol holds the unilateral power to confirm federal judges to lifetime appointments.
As longtime heavyweights continue to retire or not seek re-election, big-name Republican challengers are stepping up to run for the Senate. Florida Governor Rick Scott announced on Monday that he will challenge Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.
Per Washington Post:
Top donors are making plans to raise money with Scott in Washington next week. His associates have talked about potentially amassing more than $100 million for the campaign.
“Our donors will often say we need to do everything we can to hold on to the Senate, because there’s a chance we may not be able to hold the House,” said Steven Law, a former McConnell chief of staff who runs the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC.
You know times are getting desperate when Republican governors are willing to give up that cushy gig in order to try to hold or win Senate seats in midterms.