Congressional Democrats are fresh off their 2018 midterm victory in the House of Representatives, Democratic strategists are concerned that their hold in the Senate could decrease even further in the next election.
The aggressive progressive agenda, including Medicare for All and the Green New Deal along with their push for $15 minimum wage could fall even further from reality if Senate Democrats lose more ground in 2020.
The former spokesman for former Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, Adam Jentleson, told reporters Friday that even if Democrats take the Senate in 2020 and defeat President Donald Trump, Republicans will still hold great influence.
“The Senate is going to make or break the progressive agenda in 2021, regardless of how well we do at the top of the ticket,” Jentleson said, according to The Daily Caller. The former spokesman added that he’s doubtful that Democrats can hope for more than 52 Senate seats in 2020, even with monumental effort.
Democrats would need to gain three seats to win a majority and Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Susan Collins of Maine are the only Republicans who will be up for reelection.
“The Senate is always the dream-catcher for stopping the most partisan and ideologically far-reaching proposals out of the campaign,” Josh Holmes, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, told reporters according to the Daily Caller.
“What it does is protect the American people from wave elections one way or another” and “forces all legislation toward the middle. There will not be a socialized health care plan, nor will there be a restructuring of the American economy that necessitates crushing the entire energy infrastructure of the country.”
Vice President Mike Pence pointed the finger at politicians who are snatching freedoms away from Americans and framed the 2020 presidential campaign as an attempt to usher in socialism.
“Under the guise of Medicare for All and a Green New Deal, Democrats are embracing the same tired economic theories that have impoverished nations and stifled the liberties of millions over the past century. That system is socialism,” Pence said, according to the Daily Caller.
According to the vice president, reforms to the government like this will only harm the majority of Americans and line the pockets of politicians.
“… the truth is, we want people to make poor people richer, they want to make rich people poorer. We want to make poverty more rare; they want to make poverty more comfortable. That’s the choice we face today: between freedom and socialism, between personal responsibility and government dependence.”