(2) The Five Deer: Their bomb leaked. But expect a second outburst as soon as the Supreme Court decision terminating Roe is officially announced. If the five conservative justices – Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is expected to side with the three liberal jurists – follow through and end Roe, they will hand McConnell and Trump, architects of this high court, a huge collective victory . In the minds of conservatives, this will justify McConnell blocking then-President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick B. Garland because 2016 was an election year and then accelerating Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett because 2020 was an election year.
(3) Senate Republicans: They stood their ground against several priorities from Biden and the congressional Democrats behind McConnell. This group has avoided the kind of infighting that has plagued the other three party caucuses at times this year. In another time, votes or threats against bills that would help ease formula shortages and prevent some pandemic-hit restaurants from going out of business might have been a tough choice for Republicans. Not these days, when staying true to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” philosophy is what matters most. It’s about owning the libs – and Senate Republicans have a monopoly on that.
But they could soon find themselves in the majority, albeit likely falling short of the 60 votes needed to pass legislation – and a Democratic president with a veto pen. Infighting may soon find the Senate GOP. There could be plenty to fight for, including the fate of the filibuster, especially if a Republican occupies the White House in January 2025. The mid-terms are apparently theirs to lose, and they have a lot of money in bank. But will moderate voters punish them in November for a refusal, so far, to join Democrats on any serious legislation that could curb mass shootings? And what might be the electoral effect in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s mandate?
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(4) Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer: The majority leader is playing a very tough hand. He submits bills passed by the House in a midterm election year and forces Republicans to vote “no” — over and over again. Simply put: what else could he do to give his vulnerable members something to use to attack Senate Republicans? Last month, while announcing that the chamber would hold a procedural vote on a bill passed by the House to combat domestic terrorism, the Democratic leader acknowledged that he had staged the vote as a “test” for the Senate Republicans to “help silence white voices.” supremacy” and “reject the opinions of MAGA Republicans”. Moreover, Schumer has recently stepped up his attacks on Republicans. He dubbed the MAGA wing of the GOP “radical” and “idiots.” The New York Democrat-aligned super PAC, the Senate majority PAC, had $43.7 million on April 30.
(5) Senator. Rick Scott: The former governor of Florida is, as they say, having a good time. As head of the Republican National Senate Committee, the campaign arm of his caucus, Scott oversaw an operation that had $45.1 million at the end of April. The NRSC boasted at the time that the amount was “the highest amount in the history of the NRSC or DSCC”. And while the DSCC recently told Roll Call it was set to bring in even more, $45.9 million, Scott has used his executive position to elevate himself. His economic plan might have the backing of no other Senate Republican, but it has thrust Scott into a feud with Biden. Worth noting: Scott was recently in New Hampshire, a key early primary state to headline the annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner.