Senate Election Night Chaos Could Trigger A Republican Government Shutdown

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Insiders are warning that if neither party wins control of the Senate on election night, Republican driven chaos and gridlock could grip the Senate and cause a government shutdown in December.

As the likelihood grows that there will be two Senate runoff elections (Georgia and Louisiana), the Hill reported that an election night that ends with neither party winning control of the Senate could unleash a nightmare scenario,

The runoffs pose challenges for both parties, not just coordinating logistics and new spending, but motivating volunteers and voters all over again, along with crafting an effective message and strategy under untested and unusual circumstances.

The uncertainty, however, is a nightmare scenario that could throw the Senate into chaos and cause continued gridlock at a time when Congress must again pass a government funding bill to pick up when the current stopgap measure expires on Dec. 11.

The worst case scenario is that the control of the Senate ends up hanging on the runoff elections. Democrats have a better chance of winning a runoff in Georgia than they do in Louisiana, but both parties will not want to pass any legislation if they each think that they have a chance of winning the majority in January.

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate assumed that control of the body would be decided on election night. This assumption was behind the passage of the most recent government funding bill that runs through December 11. An uncertain electoral outcome means that Republicans won’t be willing to agree on a new funding bill until they know if they will be holding majority.

The political gamesmanship will immediately hurt the American people. Government offices will close, and retailers could take a hit as it would be very small Christmas for workers impacted by the shutdown. Anyone who regularly utilizes government services would also be impacted severely.

The immediate worse gas scenario isn’t Democrats or Republicans winning on election night. The absolute worst thing that could happen would be gasoline being thrown onto the current fire of political dysfunction by neither party winning a majority on November 4.

18 Replies to “Senate Election Night Chaos Could Trigger A Republican Government Shutdown”

  1. I don’t know how I feel about either one of those being repeated exactly. Maybe a watered-down version of the two would be a happy medium.

  2. If the Reich Wing wins the American people lose, if there are run-offs the American people lose. The ONLY hope for any thing to work and keep America alive is a Democratic win.

  3. My toddler grandson and his friends are more mature. I expect Nunn to win in GA. I didn’t know we had a Senate seat in play in LA, who is it?

  4. I think he may be referring to the influenza pandemic when mentioning 1917, I’m not sure about the 1789 event.

  5. In 1917 there was a little uprising in Russia. The Flu pandemic didn’t take hold till 1918

    In 1789 was the start of the French Revolution

  6. Interesting. You must mean the Russian Revolution, but of course that didn’t happen in this country. [WINK]

  7. Whoever is running the carpetbagger Scott Brown campaign needs to be sued for malpractice

    Scott Brown locks up key dead New Hampshire Republican endorsement
    Monday morning, Foster’s Daily Democrat in New Hampshire published a blistering attack on Sen. Jeanne Shaheen by former House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh. Cobleigh wrote that she “is a big part of the problem” in high gas prices. Which should have been the Daily Democrat’s first clue to take another look at this letter, which was submitted by the New Hampshire GOP. Because gas prices aren’t all that high right now.
    That, and the fact that Cobleigh died in 2009. This op-ed was written by Cobleigh in 2008, and originally published in July 2008 in Shaheen’s first run. But the New Hampshire GOP thought it was such a great rebuttal of an exchange between Shaheen and challenger Scott Brown that they sent it out again.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/27/1339578/-Scott-Brown-locks-up-key-dead-New-Hampshire-Republican-nbsp-endorsement

  8. I’m pretty sure the militias and the red state governors would be more than happy to accommodate your wishful thinking.

    One should always be careful what they ask for. A most of the times the results is not what they expect.

  9. If the Dems retain the Senate, and the Tea Party/ GOP does shut down the government again, it will be the death of the GOP.

  10. No they don’t. When it’s one side (repubs) doing all the damage, why go for the generic throw them all out? That is what the repubs want everyone to think.

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