I think this is a call by McConnell to Trump to play it safe — don’t repeal Obamacare, don’t slash the government, don’t pick fights etc. — and allow himself to be co-opted into the Washington Establishment. That is, to abandon the things he was elected to do. And it’s short-sighted because conservatives will sit at home if they feel their votes were wasted and things are never going to change. McConnell and the rest of Washington want to neuter a change election into standard operating procedure, and they’re succeeding.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning his party that President Trump’s low approval ratings could erase the GOP’s structural political advantages heading into 2018, the Washington Examiner reported.
The Republicans are defending fewer Senate seats in the midterm, in generally friendlier territory, than the Democrats. Nearly a dozen Democrats are running for re-election in states President Trump won in November.
McConnell said in an interview with the Washington Examiner that this crucial GOP edge wouldn’t amount to much if voters are unhappy with Trump next year and decide to elect more Democrats to check his power.
“Don’t fall in love with the map,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Friday. “The map doesn’t win elections.”