What We Can Do About the Senate

Please stop writing off the Senate on every bill, as if nothing is winnable. We the people are in the process of taking back our government from the current anti-American Republican Party and, if we’re being honest, the Russian government and its oligarchs.

In 2018, Democrats lost a couple seats, but that’s because 24 Democrats were running for reelection, while only 9 Republicans were. That gave the GOP a massive advantage. In a normal election, they could have gained at least six seats and as many as 10. Instead, they gained two.

In 2020, the numbers are practically flipped, with 22 Republicans (including a special election for the last two years of John McCain’s term) running for reelection, as opposed to only 12 Democrats.

Now, turnout in 2018 was about 12 points higher than other midterms over the last 50 years. If we can manage that again in 2020, turnout will go well above 60 percent, which would represent a bloodbath for the GOP. If Lord Donny makes it that long, the damage he’s doing could drive turnout even higher than that.

Republicans know this, which is why 11 GOP Senators already broke with the Administration and the rest of the party on Russian sanctions and why they have increasingly started screaming at Mitch McConnell about the goddamn Trump Wall. We can make this much worse, if we would bother focusing on vulnerable Republicans.

Here is the list of Republican senators whose seats will be on the ballot in 2020:

Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee)
Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia)
Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana)
Susan Collins (R-Maine)
John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas)
Steve Daines (R-Montana)
Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming)
Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
Cory Gardner (R-Colorado)
Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)
Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi)
James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)
Martha McSally (R-Arizona) — McSally lost her race to replace Jeff Flake but she was appointed to replace interim Senator Jon Kyl until a special election in 2020, to determine who will finish the late John McCain’s term, which ends in 2022.
Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)
David Perdue (R-Georgia)
Jim Risch (R-Idaho)
Pat Roberts (R-Kansas)
Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota)
Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska)
Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina)

If you live in any of these states, every time the Democratic House sends the Senate a bill, contact your Republican Senators, especially those above and let them know their seat is at stake and they have to start bucking the leadership. Speaking of which, take a look; Mitch McConnell is also up and he is remarkably vulnerable this time. He can’t use Obama as his foil this time; his relationship with the hugely unpopular Trump will be like an anchor, so keep adding weight to that anchor.

We can do this. It might be tough at first, but as the year goes on, it will become harder and harder for the Senators above to toe the Trump-Republican line. Keep putting pressure on and make them fear what it means to be a Republican.

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