Obama reportedly held the one-on-one sessions in his D.C. office over the past several months, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D).
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Wednesday that he has asked former president Barack Obama to help, and he is optimistic that Democrats can take back control of the Senate after the 2018 midterm elections. In an interview with The Washington Post, Schumer (D-N.Y.) asserted that Democratic candidates are doing very well in their Senate campaigns this year.
Two recent opinion polls have lifted Democratic spirits as well as their prospects of sweeping to victory in the fall midterm elections.
A new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal says that:
- “By a whopping 25-point margin, voters say they’re more likely to back a congressional candidate who promises to serve as a check on President Donald Trump.”
- “And by a similar margin, they say they’re less likely to vote for someone who has supported the president on most issues.”
This is a huge differential. It proves the old adage that Americans generally prefer a split government, and don’t like it when one political party dominates Washington. The vast majority of Americans want Democrats to be in charge of Congress to “serve as a check” on the president.
The nonprofit fundraising group ActBlue announced this week that their fundraising from small donors for the 2018 election cycle is far exceeding their expectations. If they continue to raise money at their current pace then ActBlue could provide Democratic candidates a much-need $1 billion war chest to use in their battle to take back control of Congress this year.
People of a certain age will recall the great 1966 comedy film by Norman Jewison called “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.” It is about a Soviet submarine that gets stranded on an island off the coast of New England, and it hilariously captures the paranoia that was rampant during the Cold War.
When incumbents don’t run for reelection the opposing party has a much better chance to pick up a seat, since incumbency usually guarantees a win for whoever is in power.
While over half the U.S. population is female, four out of every five members of the U.S. House of Representatives are men.
Given the number of women running for Congress in 2018, that statistic may significantly change when new members of the House take office in January of 2019.
Texas Democrat and U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke raised a record-setting $6.7 million in the first three months of the year, according to the Dallas Morning News. He still trails Ted Cruz in the polls, however, in a solidly red state which has not seen a Democrat elected to the Senate in 18 years.
It's nothing short of embarrassing that the folks who know GOP Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson best – literally, his folks – don't think he should be a U.S. Senator.
"Trump's very much in line here with what you'd expect to see from a president whose party takes a shellacking in a midterm election."
Those closest to Trump don't believe he grasps what serious trouble he would be in if Democrats win enough seats to take over the House in 2018.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed exactly how Democrats will treat Trump as the most unpopular president in history, and win in 2018.
If Democrats can ride this wave into 2018, they could very well outperform expectations in a year which Republicans are expected to do well.
Trumpcare is political suicide for the president and his Republican colleagues in Congress.