Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I'm not concerned about the Senate's concern

In the news in The Hill:  Senate Republicans are concerned about the "Trump effect", to whit, that his misbegotten candidacy might drag them down to defeat -- and loss of control of the Senate.

If that happens, I just might write Malignant Mitch McConnell a personal letter expressing my condolences.

As well as my unfettered, climactic joy.

Senate GOP deeply concerned about Trump effect

“I believe that people vote individually, evaluating each race. We have very strong Senate candidates and they will run their own races,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who is not up for reelection this year.

In recent elections, however, the macro political environment has had as big an impact on results and candidate quality, experts say.

“They’re whistling past the graveyard,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, when asked about GOP skepticism of a presidential coattail effect in 2016. “To deny there’s coattails is laughable. It’s a very polarized era.”

In a report published last year, UVA’s Center for Politics observed the correlation between presidential and Senate voting exceeded 80 percent in the past two presidential elections.

This is why I'm hoping that the attempts to dump Trump at the convention come to naught.  Because a bad Republican Presidential candidate is good for the country (as long as he doesn't get elected).

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