In public, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may be talking about the good things that President Donald Trump has been doing for Americans. However, in private, he is panicking that the GOP will lose both the House and the Senate in 2018.
According to Politico, there is “widespread concern heading into 2018” in the GOP because of Trump’s possible impact on crucial House and Senate races. McConnell and other Republicans are expecting a Democratic surge taking control of the legislative branch.
Paul Ryan may have seen the signs and has warned donors that Republicans in swing districts may retire instead of seeking re-election. Ryan might be one them.
And many Republican lawmakers already announced that they wouldn’t be seeking re-election. Most notably, both Senate seats will be up for grabs in Arizona as John McCain and Jeff Flake both step down. McCain for health reasons, Flake because he sees the damage his party is doing to America.
But White House political director Bill Stepien is hopeful that strong economic growth and the new tax bill will help the Republicans keep their hold on the two Houses. For many Americans, this won’t be enough. Trump has the worst approval ratings in the history of modern polling, and voters are likely to retaliate by electing more people to keep him in check.