McConnell Victory Critical For GOP Agenda In Senate

WASHINGTON -- For Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, this November is not just about winning re-election, its part of a long term strategy of power, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday edition.

His party is trying to hold on to enough seats to deny majority Democrats absolute power in the Senate and prevent McConnell's authority from being sharply undercut, reports the Courier-Journal.

Substantial Democratic gains would make it far harder for McConnell, seeking a fifth term, to advance the GOP agenda and stop bills his party opposes. As things stand now, many analysts and even some Republicans predict a grim November.

"So far I haven't seen any news that's good for Senate Republicans," said Norman Ornstein, senior analyst with the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, the C-J reports.

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, recently advised his colleagues: "If you have an 'R' in front of your name, you better run scared."

Republicans have 49 of the Senate's 100 seats, and they hold 23 of the 35 seats at stake in this year's election.

Should the GOP lose nine of its current seats, Democrats would have the 60 votes they need, assuming the independent senators vote with them, under Senate rules to pass legislation without the threat of filibusters, which can block consideration of bills and nominations. That would leave Republicans with little chance of stopping Democratic initiatives, reports the newspaper.

McConnell acknowledged in an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal last week that "the landscape is tough and the numbers are daunting."

Copyright - The Louisville Courier-Journal

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  • by Chris Location: Lexington on Jul 28, 2008 at 08:39 AM
    Mitch will win this election BIG. I have seen no one supporting Gas Tax lunsford in Lexington. McConnell has done more good for this great state than anyone in history and Kentucky needs his continued leadership. The DNC is trying to control KY's voters by putting up lunsford as they did nobama, stealing the election victory from billary. Neither move from the DNC was good, because they gave up a good chance to win The White House. As far as putting someone against McConnell, well good luck with that DNC. As Ann Coulter would say, If democrats Had Brains, They'd be Repulicans.
  • by Early Cuyler Location: Squidville on Jul 28, 2008 at 06:34 AM
    I am voting for Sonny Landham thus ending my lifetime support of McConnel. I feel that he has let Kentucky down over the past several years, where are the big bucks he should be bringing home for the State? No way in the world will I ever vote Democrat......they are why we have become weak as a country in my opinion. I will vote for Mr. Landham this time around because he isn't afraid to speak his mind in todays B.S. politically correct society. Sorry Mitch.
  • by ghettocip Location: richmond on Jul 27, 2008 at 06:43 PM
    Get this man, McConnell OUT of office. He has done nothing but line his and his cronies' pockets with OUR money.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jul 27, 2008 at 08:15 AM
    Vote for Obama and his Democratic cronies and all your dreams of your father will come true. Free healthcare for all illegals, more tax dollars for that free healthcare. Become a citizen of the world and follow the European socialist model of government. Let's send more money for AIDS/HIV in Africa, how about just telling them to control themselves. I know that's mean.
  • by Gary Location: Pikeville on Jul 27, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    The time to "ditch Mitch" is way past due. Why do Kentuckians continue to send this inept fellow to Congress? We can do a lot better!


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