The midterm elections consistently make national headlines as various candidates campaign to get either elected or reelected. On the Republican side, officials continue to drive home the importance of conservatives winning these races and taking both chambers back from Democrats.
Last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ruffled some feathers when he claimed the GOP has a better chance of taking back the House of Representatives than the Senate.
Republicans responded by accusing McConnell of playing into the hands of the Democrats, especially since he quipped about the “quality” of GOP Senate candidates.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson also warned the Senate Minority Leader may secretly be rooting for Democrats to keep control of Congress.
On Monday, McConnell somewhat walked back his previous gloomy predictions for Senate Republicans.
Changing His Tune?
During public remarks, the Senate Minority Leader stated the chances of Republicans winning the Senate are now about half and half.
According to McConnell, because the Senate, and the United States as a whole, remain evenly divided amongst partisanship, this is a fair representation of what the upper chamber will look like after November.
McConnell also continued by saying whether Republicans or Democrats ultimately end up securing the Senate in November, it’ll be “very close” regardless.
Last week, McConnell said he believes republicans have a better shot at flipping the House than the Senate in the ‘22 midterms.
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The Senate Minority Leader didn’t stop there, though. He declared that if Republicans end up winning both congressional chambers, then it will impact how Biden governs for the remainder of his term.
McConnell specifically predicted the president will ultimately govern as a “moderate” because he won’t be left with any other alternatives. A GOP-led Congress, according to McConnell, will find ways to work with Biden, but only within reason.
The Fate of American Democracy?
Weeks ago, former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley stressed the importance of the GOP winning the midterm elections. According to Haley, if Republicans are unable to secure these victories, the 2024 presidential election will be a non-factor.
On the flip side, Democrats are also reiterating what they see as the importance of their side keeping the Senate and House, along with expanding their majorities. Many Democrats remain frustrated with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) having the power to make or break bills.
NBC’s Chuck Todd: “No one likes” Joe Manchin. pic.twitter.com/QYWCALPyAl
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Left-wingers also maintain that the continuation of American democracy depends on the GOP uniformly losing power across the nation. Republicans have stated this rhetoric is false alarmism and a reflection of Democrats wanting to get their way at all costs.