November 16, 2016

2018 Senate Democrats In Red States Already Running Scared

Incoming Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is having a hell of a time trying to find someone to run the DSCC. According to Politico, no one one wants the job:

“The most pressing issue: No one seems to want to take over the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The party faces a daunting 2018 map and the prospect of Republicans padding their majority.”

This is especially significant considering how many members of Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2018 are freaking out after Donald Trump’s election. Many of those Senators are running in states that went Republican in 2016. Three Senators specifically, Joe Manchin, Sherrod Brown, and Joe Donnelly, have all put out statements trying to get on the right side of Trump:

Joe Manchin: “Now, more than ever, it is time for us all to come together as Americans. We must, as Secretary Clinton and President Obama so graciously said, have an open mind and give President-elect Trump the chance to lead.”

Sherrod Brown: “‘He’s got a lot of resistance from his own party, but people like me will stand with him on renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement,’ Brown said. ‘I am elected to represent the people of Ohio. I will work with him on things we believe in common.'”

Joe Donnelly: “He’s mentioned other things recently things that we can work together on and that’s encouraging. I’m going to look on the optimistic side and hope that we can move the ball forward.”

With so many Senators up in states Trump won this year, you can expect these three Senators won’t be the last ones with conciliatory statements. One statement won’t obscure the fact that many Senate Democrats are freaking out right now. But it might be enough to enrage the restless Warren/Sanders liberal wing of the Democratic Party that’s increasingly driving their agenda. All in all, not a good place to be in