A number of establishment Republicans in the Senate are growing anxious about their electoral prospects in the 2020 elections.
The Hill reported Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently acknowledged that winning college graduates and suburban women will be crucial in maintaining their Senate majority in 2020.
With the election right around the corner, Senate Republicans are concerned that Trump is alienating this segment of voters at the moment.
“The last week and a half has certainly raised the level of angst over the politics of the presidential race and consequences on the Senate. I think it’s just kind of become one thing after another. Initially the handling of COVID and now this,” declared a Republican senator who requested anonymity.
GOP senators were already anxious about keeping their majority allegedly due to the administration’s slow response to the Wuhan virus pandemic.
“There are a lot of people in the middle that are looking for calmness,” remarked a second GOP senator who also requested anonymity. “It’s the tone and the words he’s using that I think might harm us back home.”
Establishment mainstay Lisa Murkowski criticized the president by celebrating a scathing critique of Trump’s administration by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as “true and honest and necessary and overdue.”
She argued it might give other Republicans the determination to rebel against the president and criticize his controversial behavior.
“Perhaps we’re getting to the point where we can be more honest with the concerns we might hold internally and have the courage of our convictions to speak up,” she stated.
North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer recognized there is growing anxiety about the upcoming election among his Republican colleagues in the Senate.
“Any type of major crises like these probably never create great opportunities for incumbents,” he said of the Wuhan virus pandemic and the latest wave of protests and riots.
“There’s a lot of anxiety as people get closer to an election. It’s an election where the numbers don’t add up great for Republicans,” he said, calling attention to the fact that Senate Republicans have to defend 23 seats while Democrats only have to keep 12 seats from flipping red.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 1,113 adults conducted on June 1 and June 2, 55 percent of Americans voiced their disapproval of Trump’s handling of the protests while independents were also in the majority when it comes to their disapproval of Trump
In a Quinnipiac University poll released on June 3, Trump is in a statistical tie with former Vice President Joe Biden barely in the lead over Democrat favorite Joe Biden 44 percent to 43 percent, which is within the survey’s 2.9 percentage point of margin of error.
Republicans must catch on to President Trump’s America First agenda if they want to stay relevant.
Namely, policies such as immigration restriction and more nationalist trade policies will need to be campaign fixtures.
The former is one of the most important issues of contemporary politics in America. The past fifty years of migration voting patterns will have tremendous implications for American politics in the next few decades. Certain civil liberties such as free speech and the right to bear arms could be under major threat thanks to migrant voting patterns.
The Republican Party needs to wake up to this reality lest they want to become irrelevant.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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